Kansas . . . State 34
Kansas' official flag was adopted in 1927. On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower the word "KANSAS," and the state seal of Kansas. The seal pictures rich Kansas farmland, a farmer plowing, covered wagons, Native Americans hunting bison, a rising sun, a steamboat on water which represents commerce which is beneath the sun and the mountains. It has 34 stars because Kansas was the 34th state in the USA, and the state motto, "AD ASTRA PER ASPERA," meaning "To the stars through difficulty," in Latin.
Kansas was admitted to Statehood on January 29, 1861 as the 34th state. Kansas lies exactly halfway between Canada and Mexico and is the center of the contiguous 48 states. It is a reference point and all land surveys on the continent are controlled from this point. Kansas is bordered by four states; Oklahoma on the south, Colorado on the west, Nebraska on the north, and Missouri on the east. The capital city is Topeka and largest city is Wichita.
Kansas is called the sunflower state because of so many wild sunflowers growing on the rolling plains. It is covered with rich farmland and the entire state has a very flat terrain. This flatland is ideal for growing wheat and corn which Kansas is a top producer of. Kansas is also a national leader in the sale of cattle and calves.
Kansas Economy: Agriculture: Cattle, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs, corn.
Kansas Industry: Transportation equipment, food processing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum, mining, printing and publishing.
Kansas has a continental climate which is very unpredictable. The summers are generally hot and winters are cold. Kansas is located in the Great Plains tornado belt and has tornadoes, heavy thunderstorms, violent windstorms and heavy rains.
Kansas has 105 counties:
Allen - Anderson - Atchison - Barber - Barton - Bourbon - Brown - Butler - Chase - Chautauqua - Cherokee - Cheyenne - Clark - Clay - Cloud - Coffey - Comanche - Cowley - Crawford - Decatur - Dickinson - Doniphan - Douglas - Edwards - Elk - Ellis - Ellsworth - Finney - Ford - Franklin - Geary - Gove - Graham - Grant - Gray - Greeley - Greenwood - Hamilton - Harper - Harvey - Haskell - Hodgeman - Jackson - Jefferson - Jewell - Johnson - Kearny - Kingman - Kiowa - Labette - Lane - Leavenworth - Lincoln - Linn - Logan - Lyon - McPherson - Marion - Marshall - Meade - Miami - Mitchell - Montgomery - Morris - Morton - Nemaha - Neosho - Ness - Norton - Osage - Osborne - Ottawa - Pawnee - Phillips - Pottawatomie - Pratt - Rawlins - Reno - Republic - Rice - Riley - Rooks - Rush - Russell - Saline - Scott - Sedgwick - Seward - Shawnee - Sheridan - Sherman - Smith - Stafford - Stanton - Stevens - Sumner - Thomas - Trego - Wabaunsee - Wallace - Washington - Wichita - Wilson - Woodson - Wyandotte