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General background about the Kansas Flag

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The Kansas state flag is represented by a dark-blue silk rectangle arranged horizontally with the state seal aligned in the center, without its surrounding band of lettering. The great seal is surmounted by a crest and the word 'Kansas' is located underneath the seal in gold letters. Above the state seal is the state flower, a sunflower, resting above a bar of twisted gold and blue.

  • MOTTO: "To the Stars Through Difficulties"
  • ENTERED UNION: Jan. 29, 1861
  • FLAG ADOPTED: May 21, 1927 (Revised in 1961)
  • COMMENTS: The thirty-four stars in the flag represent the order of statehood, Kansas was the thirty-fourth state to join the United States.


In 1916 the Daughters of the American Revolution held a contest to select a flag design. The winner was Esther Northrup, of Lawrence KS. She suggested three broad horizontal stripes, red, white, and blue, with a gold sunflower in the upper left superimposed on a blue background with the state seal at its center. The state seal contains the state motto "Ad astra per aspera" ("To the Stars Through Difficulties").

This design was rejected by the state legislature in 1917, although components of this flag, (as well as those of Topeka artist Albert T. Reidwere's flag) were influential towards the final design, adopted in 1927. Originally the word 'Kansas' was not on the official flag (flown for 34 years), the state legislature later added it in 1961, with instructions that the flag be flown at all schools from that point forward.


Kansas Flag
State Flag, Kansas




  • So many fossils were found in Kansas in the late 1800s that competing paleontologists launched the 'Kansas Fossil Wars', resorting to bribes and trickery to get the best specimens.
  • In 1990 you could have made 33 billion loaves of bread with the amount of wheat produced by Kansas wheat farmers. That equated to 6 loaves for each person on Earth.
  • In 1938 Pizza Hut, one of the world's largest pizza companies, opened its first restaurant in Wichita.
  • Dry air and a constant temperature of 68.5 degrees in the underground chambers of an old salt mine near Hutchinson make them ideal for storing valuables, including thousands of original Hollywood movies.
  • Barton County is named for Clara Barton, famed Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross.
  • Samuel Perry Dinsmoor used 113 tons of concrete to create the Garden of Ede, in Lucas, Kansas. Visitors can still see Dinsmoor, who died in 1932. He lies in a concrete tomb with a glass top.


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