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    First photo of a tornado, shot in Anderson County, KS in 1884.

    Emmett Kelly, Sr (1898 - 1979) was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure "Weary Willie", based on the hobos of the Depression era. Born in Sedan, Kansas

    Jayhawkers is a term that came to prominence just before the American Civil War in Bleeding Kansas, where it was adopted by militant bands affiliated with the free-state cause. These bands, known as "Jayhawkers", were guerrilla fighters who often clashed with pro-slavery groups from Missouri known at the time as "Border Ruffians". After the Civil War, the word "Jayhawker" became synonymous with the people of Kansas. Today the term is a nickname for a native-born Kansan.

    kansas sunflower

    This is Miss Brown of Brown vs Board of Education -- Linda Brown at Monroe Elementary in Topeka, Kansas. 1951 case brought by her parents and other plaintiffs, formed the basis for the landmark Supreme Court decision of May 17, 1954.

    In this photograph, residents of Liberal, Seward County, have donned gas masks to protect their lungs from blowing dust. The photograph was taken in front of the Red Cross building in Liberal, Kansas. Date: 1935

    1962 Pancake race in Liberal Kansas

    Named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. A project of the Reno County Historical Society, this museum features exhibits in an environment like no other--650 feet beneath the earth's surface in a salt bed formed 275 million years ago during the Permian Age. There, in a safe and naturally climate-controlled surrounding, the timeless story of salt is told from a global perspective. Hutchinson, Kansas

    Silent film star Buster Keaton was born Joseph Frank Keaton the Sixth in Piqua, Kansas to a traveling show business couple, Joseph and Myra Keaton. (List of roles in early movies.)

    Jenny Smith Fletcher was the first postmistress and schoolteacher in Nicodemus, Kansas. She was also one of the original charter members of the A.M.E. Church. Mrs. Fletcher was the daughter of W. H. Smith, founder of Nicodemus.

    Flint Hills welcome sign--my favorite sign to see, because it means I am near home. :)

    Western Meadowlark Singing

    windmill with a dramatic sky

    evolution of the University of Kansas Jayhawk mascot

    Kansas Windmill

    Boeing-Wichita B-29 Assembly Line, 1944

    Arikaree Breaks, Kansas

    Lake Scott State Park in Scott County, Kansas is known for its history, its role as an oasis in an otherwise semi-arid land, and its craggy canyons that provide sudden and surprising relief on the High Plains of western Kansas. The 100-acre spring-fed lake in Ladder Creek Canyon has been known for hundreds of years. In the 1600s, the Taos Indians built a pueblo and spring-fed irrigation ditches in this area. Remnants of the El Cuartelejo Pueblo Indian Ruins can be seen at the park.

    Bread. First in War, First in Peace. Kansas State Council of Defense. 1917 (Source: foodacious-discoveries)

    Grave Marker for "Buffalo Bill" Mathewson in Highland Cemetery-Wichita, Kansas

    limestone fence posts--common throughout Kansas


    I'm Farming and I Grow It by 3 Kansas boys!

    Ad Astra per Aspera--to the stars through difficulty--Kansas motto