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Wichita festival will celebrate Kansas' 150th anniversary

It looks like Kansas will have a 150th birthday party after all.

1901-1910: Reform and progression

At the turn of the 20th century, there was no place like Kansas. In 1900, L. Frank Baum published "The Wizard of Oz."

Dreamers fuel Kansas' legacy of flight

During World War II, the popular song "Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer" told the story of an aircraft and crew struggling to come home.

1971-1990 Timeline

The town of Wilson serves as a backdrop for the movie "Paper Moon," starring Ryan O'Neal and his daughter, Tatum.

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.

Bigger cities, fewer towns – Kansas in the next 150 years

Kansas in the next 150 years will rely less on agriculture as the backbone fueling its economy and more on the ingenuity and resilience of its urban residents to thrive.

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.

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.

1941-1950: War years: Stoking the home fires

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wichita theater owner O.F. Sullivan stopped the film at the Civic Theater and announced that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.

1861-1870 Timeline

Jan. 29 — Kansas becomes 34th state to enter the Union.

Kansas towns: Centers of everything

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

Drive to save cabin on the range

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

Old West icons

The Boss of the Plains

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.

Kansas' 150 greatest athletes: The top 50

It really comes down to just two.

Struggles over rights, equality mark Kansas' history

The cries for equality began on the Kansas prairies in 1854 and rippled throughout the nation.

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.

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.

Small Kansas towns struggling

Hudson is a sleepy little town buried in the heart of Stafford County. Like many rural towns in Kansas, it has already lost its school and its liquor store. Bauer's General Store, which served as a meat market, hardware store and the morning spot for locals, also has closed.

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.

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