Spanish conquistadors went exploring all the way up to Kansas in the 1500s.
There is a 109° F difference between the record high and record low for the month of February in Wichita, Kansas. Loma, Montana has the record for the largest 24 hour temperature change from -54 to 49 degrees. 103 degree change in 24 hours. Montana also holds the record for fastest/biggest temp change from -4 to 45 in TWO MINUTES.
White Castle was the country’s first fast food chain when it opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. Today Wichita doesn’t have any. There hasn’t been one there since 1938.
Eva Mae Bradbury was the only member of her graduating class at the public school in Ada, Kansas. The school nevertheless put on a full commencement program for her, attended by 150 people, which was about the entire population of Ada.
In 1887, a group of men added a name Susanna M Salter to the mayoral ballot of Argonia, Kansas, as a joke intended to humiliate women. Instead, she won over 60% of the votes and became America’s first female mayor.
A 645-foot deep Kansas salt mine is used to store valuable items including many film negatives, such as “Gone With the Wind,” “Ben Hur,” “Star Wars,” “M*A*S*H” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
In 1918, the geographic center of the United States was determined by balancing a cardboard cutout shape of the US on a point. It was accurate to within 20 miles.
Kansas is actually flatter than a pancake.