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Flint Hills cowboys lead a final cattle drive

GREENWOOD COUNTY — Slowly, over the horizon, the last cattle drive slips into sight. There are no thundering hoofbeats. The sound is almost a whisper, like a gentle stirring of the wind.

Kansas gets commemorative stamp

In less than three weeks, when the U.S. Postal Service releases a new round of commemorative stamps, Kansas will be at the forefront.

Kansas 150th anniversary events

Senior Wednesday program , "There's No Place Like Home" with three short films presented by Diane Quantic, 10-11:30 a.m., Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU. Free. All ages welcome. Information, 316-978-3664.

1870-1880 Timeline

July 21 — One woman — Catherine McCarty, mother of future outlaw Billy the Kid — and 123 men sign a petition to create the town of Wichita.

150 years of statehood: Events statewide will celebrate Kansas

In big and small ways, Kansans will be invited next year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the state. Nothing will be as lavish as when our neighbors to the south — Oklahoma spent $60 million — celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2007; or when Minnesota celebrated their 150th in 2008 with a $1.6 million budget or Oregon in 2009 with their 150th with a $2.5 million.

1881-1890 Timeline

Telephones arrive in Wichita.

2011 marks several anniversaries besides Kansas sesquicentennial

From hamburger homecomings to celebrated cheers, 2011 will bring Kansans plenty of reasons to celebrate. While much of Kansas may be focused this year on celebrating the state's 150th anniversary, there will be plenty of other anniversaries we Kansans will be noting.

State's historical newspapers available on the Web

Some of Kansas' oldest newspapers are now online through the Library of Congress, allowing anyone with Internet access to view how 19th-century Kansas was built day by day.

Cuba, Kansas: A town of doers

CUBA — It is a tiny dot on the big map of Kansas, a blink-and-miss-it-type of town. But with less than 200 residents, this Republic County community near the Nebraska state line has been a symbol of rural America for more than three decades.

Today’s Trivia (Feb. 7)

Oscar Micheaux was Hollywood’s first African-American movie producer and the first to use all-black casts. He was also a writer and entrepreneur of edgy movies with racial themes. He made 43 movies from 1919 to 1948 and is still considered one of the most prolific African-American movie producers of all time.

Today's Trivia

Today’s Trivia (Feb. 4)

Pardee Butler was tarred and feathered, whipped 39 times and strapped to a log and set adrift on the Missouri River with the letter “R” for Rogue painted on his forehead.

Today's Trivia (Feb. 2)

Question: What is he known for?

1891-1899 Timeline

Oct. 5 — Notorious outlaws Grat, Bob and Emmett Dalton have their bank-robbing days abruptly ended in a bloody shootout on the dusty streets of Coffeyville.

Today's Trivia (Feb. 1)

This Kansan earned a living by singing, acting and dubbing vocals in Hollywood movies. She sang for Barbara Stanwyck in "Ladies of the Big House" and appeared in the movie "Gold Diggers of 1933" as a war widow.

1900-1910 Timeline

L. Frank Baum publishes "The Wizard of Oz."

Today’s Trivia (Jan. 31)

On Jan. 7, 1933, this Kansan was featured in Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” syndicated column for setting the record in 1900 for laying 46,000 bricks in less than eight hours — and that was only one of his jobs.

1911-1920 Timeline

Aug. 27 — The Cathedral of the Plains, named by 19th century politician William Jennings Bryan, is dedicated at Victoria.

Today's trivia (Jan. 30)

In December 1921 on the frozen plains of Kansas, between 2,000 and 6,000 women — some pregnant and others carrying small children — marched to 63 mines in southeast Kansas, protesting unfair labor practices and laws regarding hazardous working conditions, poor pay and discrimination.

1931-1939 Timeline

March 14 — Kansas Legislature passes a law requiring driver's licenses. Drivers must be at least 16 years old. Licenses cost 25 cents.

Today's Trivia (Jan. 29)

Wichita businessman Harold “Hal” Dick held pilot licenses in both free-balloon and blimp flight.

1921-1930 Timeline

March — Walt Anderson partners with Edgar Waldo "Billy" Ingram, a Wichita real estate and insurance agent. The two create White Castle hamburgers.

1541-1860: New worlds and Indian territory

It began as a tug-of-war between cultures and empires. Spain wanted us. France did, too. Neither empire considered the native tribes already on the soil.

1891-1900: The rise of populism

Mortgage foreclosures and sheriff's sales filled the newspapers. "Wall Street owns the country," lamented Kansan Mary Elizabeth Lease.

1861-1870: Crossroads to civil war

Celebration was in order. As news trickled in that Kansas had been admitted to the union, people stood on street corners, dancing, cheering, and firing canons.

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