Kansas State Travel Guide


On January 29, 1861, Kansas was admitted to the Union as our 34th state. The state song is “Home on the Range,” and it is nicknamed the Sunflower State. At the ending of the Civil War, the Chisholm Trail was used to drive cattle from Texas ranches to Dodge City, Kansas where they were shipped East by railroad. This led to the likes of Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, being hired as Marshalls to maintain law and order in rowdy ‘Cowtowns,’ like Abilene, Dodge City and Fort Riley.

Kansas is home to ten National Park Units, as well as 26 State Parks.

“To the Stars Through Difficulty,” the Kansas State Motto.


ON BIG BLEND RADIO: From Dodge City (pictured) to Paola, this episode   celebrates Kansas, “The Sunflower State,” which was admitted to the Union as our 34th US State on January 29, 1861. Along with some music, movie, and literary pop culture, hear about the state’s history, parks, and famous historic travel routes like Route 66 and the Jefferson Highway, and the Santa Fe and Pony Express National Historic Trails. Check out our Big Blend Radio “Kansas” Podcast Playlist on YouTube.



Our Kansas State Travel Guide Directory below is new and in the process of being built. If you run a business or organization in Kansas, and would like to be part of this growing directory, please contact us. We will be visiting Kansas on our Love Your Parks Tour,  so check back and watch our Directory grow: Parks & Public Lands, and Articles & Interviews.

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