Kansas Motto and Nickname Kansas Motto: Ad Astra Per Aspera Kansas Nickname: The Sunflower State or the Wheat State
Kansas State Song Home on the Range Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam Where the Deer and the Antelope play; Where never is heard a discouraging word, And the sky is not clouded all day. A home! A home! Where the Deer and the Antelope play, Where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And the sky is not clouded all day.
Kansas State Song Home on the Range Oh! give me a land where the bright diamond sand Throws its light from the glittering streams, Where glideth along the graceful white swan, Like the maid in her heavenly dreams. Oh! give me a gale of the Solomon vale, Where the life streams with buoyancy flow; On the banks of the Beaver, where seldom if ever, Any poisonous herbage doth grow.
Kansas State Song Home on the Range How often at night, when the heavens were bright, With the light of the twinkling stars Have I stood here amazed, and asked as I gazed, If their glory exceed that of ours. I love the wild flowers in this bright land of ours, I love the wild curlew's shrill scream; The bluffs and white rocks, and antelope flocks That graze on the mountains so green. The air is so pure and the breezes so fine, The zephyrs so balmy and light, That I would not exchange my home here to range Forever in azures so bright.
Kansas Landmarks John Brown Museum Boyhood home of Dwight D. Constitutional Hall State Hollenberg Pony Express Station Marais des Cygnes Massacre William Allen White House
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson became Kansas’ 45th Governor on April 28, 2009. A successful businessman and former legislator, Governor Parkinson is a native Kansan with roots in Scott City, where the Parkinsons still own the family farm. Born in Wichita, Governor Parkinson attended Wichita Public Schools and graduated from Wichita Heights High School before going on to graduate summa cum laude from Wichita State University in 1980. He graduated first in his class from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1984. Governor Parkinson then entered private practice, forming his own law firm in 1986. He also served as president of the Johnson County Bar Foundation. Governor Parkinson was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1990. Two years later, he was elected to the Kansas Senate. While in the Legislature, Governor Parkinson was known as someone who bridged party lines. He worked to strengthen Kansas schools and enhance local control.
Major Industries and Exports Kansas exports tons of wheat. Industries are concentrated in Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte counties. The estimated value of shipments for all state manufacturing totaled $49 billion in 1997. Kansas is a world leader in aviation, claiming a large share of both US and world production and sales of commercial aircraft. Wichita is the home of Boeing, Cessna, Learjet, and Raytheon, which combined manufactured approximately 70% of the world's general aviation aircraft and $3.47 billion in sales. The aviation sector employees 19% of the manufacturing sector workforce. Other major businesses in Kansas include, in order of full-time employee numbers: Sprint, IBP, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., GM, Western Resources, Southwestern Bell, Via Christi Medical Services, and Allied Signal. Many of the major companies in Kansas pack meat. Earnings of persons employed in Kansas increased from $44.5 billion in 1997 to $47.4 billion in 1998, an increase of 6.5%. The largest industries in 1998 were services, 23.2% of earnings; durable goods manufacturing, 12.2%; and state and local government, 12.0%. Of the industries that accounted for at least 5% of earnings in 1998, the slowest growing from 1997 to 1998 was state and local government, which increased 2.0%; the fastest was durable goods manufacturing, which increased 10.8%. http://www.city-data.com/states/Kansas-Industry.html
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