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Kansas: state of skywatchers

Through tornadoes and droughts, floods and blizzards, we Kansans have weathered storms.

Weather has shaped our land.

It has defined us.

Tunnel tours explore Kansas' darker side

It is a late-19th-century man cave: A harness shop, a barber shop and that bathhouse where women known as "soiled doves" entertained road-weary strangers while clothes dried on wooden racks and bath suds dripped through the cracks of wood floors.

150 years of Kansas weather

1830: Weather observations are first recorded in Kansas at Fort Leavenworth.

Faith was a key force in the development of Kansas

"You know that Christ once armed Peter. So also in my case, I think he put a sword into my hand, and there continued it, so long as he saw best, and then kindly took it from me."

'Messiah' is an Easter tradition in Lindsborg

LINDSBORG — When the opening strains of Handel's "Messiah" are sounded this Palm Sunday, it will mark one of the oldest Lenten traditions in North America.

Drive to save cabin on the range

Orin Friesen hopes Kansans are open to saving their "Home on the Range" cabin.

Santa Fe Trail leaves a lasting impression in Kansas

Steve Schmidt searched for years before finding a piece of land in Marion County with a ribbon of historic highway stretching across it. More than anything, he wanted to own a piece of history along the Santa Fe Trail.

Wild horses again find a home on the range

THE FLINT HILLS NEAR CASSODAY — A thousand horses come pounding, thundering across the prairie, nostrils flared and snorting, manes and tails flying in the wind.

Coaching talent finds roots in Kansas

Tonight at the New York Athletic Club, Gene Keady will do what he's done numerous Sunday evenings in March through the years.

Art in Kansas has a long and varied history

Describing Kansas art in generalities is difficult, even for the most esteemed art historians in the state. It shares geography — and some would say a general spirit.

Native Americans: the first Kansans

Go anywhere in Kansas and the influence of the Native American tribes who lived on this land is there.

Goal: Bring treaties back to Kansas

Pickup trucks and cars daily whoosh past the intersection of 61st North and Seneca near the northern edge of Wichita.

Sacred places

There is a sacred rock in Lawrence that geologists say was deposited by a glacier millions of years ago.

Eisenhower's insights: More papers released at Abilene presidential museum

TOPEKA — Newly released documents show President Eisenhower expressed great faith in the capabilities of Earl Warren to serve as U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Business older than Kansas

Only one dead body ever spooked Davis Moulden, and that's saying something. Moulden sees death on a daily basis as one of the owners of the family business, Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth.

Kansas towns: Centers of everything

LEBANON — The center of America might be mistaken for the middle of nowhere.

Kansans celebrate state's 150th birthday

Kansas turned 150 years old in style on Saturday, celebrating with parties all over the prairie.

Stars from the Sunflower State

It seems like a long way from the highways and byways of Kansas to the dreamy streets of Hollywood, but from the earliest days of Thomas Edison's "flickers" more than a century ago, Kansans of every talent stripe have been trekking westward to make movie and TV magic.

Celebrate 150 years of statehood by reading

As Kansas celebrates its sesquicentennial, we look to books to get an idea of the past, present and future of the state: where we came from, where we're going, and who we are as Kansans.

Learn more about the 105 counties in Kansas

Using the graphic below: Click on a county in Kansas to learn more about it, including when it was founded and how it got its name.

Kansas 150: Quirky Kansas quests

The gauntlet was thrown down in 1999 when Larry Woydziak decided to bowl a few games. Kansas bowling alleys were quietly disappearing and Woydziak —"no big bowler," he says — decided to bowl in as many as he could.

The Bloody Benders

They were known simply as the Bloody Benders.

Sunflower State souvenirs

Evelyn Neier was a girl growing up in Garden Plain when Kansas turned 100 years old in 1961. She remembers parades and pageants and souvenirs and what a big deal it all was. Five or six years ago, she started collecting memorabilia from that centennial celebration. She dusted off the stuff that belonged to her family, and to the family of her husband, Bob.

The settlement of Kansas: Railroad hype drew settlers

To hear the railroads tell it, Kansas was the Garden of Eden. "Temperate Climate, Excellent Health, Pure & Abundant Water," the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad declared on an advertising flier in 1876.

Historic Kansas cabin an elemental part of folk-song history

SMITH COUNTY — As the sun dips below the skyline and the bone-chilling cold of a long winter's night settles over Brewster Higley's cabin, all signs of the 21st century disappear.

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