4-16 The State of Kansas

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The great state of Kansas became the 34th state of the Union on January 29, 1861.  The history of the state is written in its flag. Thirty-four stars in the constellation on the state seal indicate Kansas as the 34th state admitted to the Union. Rolling hills identify the terrain in Kansas  and a steamboat represents navigation on the Kansas River.  Indians hunting bison, teams of oxen and a pair of prairie schooners suggest the advance of the frontier, while plowed fields before a log cabin represent agriculture.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "Ad astra per aspera," meaning "To the stars through difficulties". 1861
Nickname "Sunflower State"  
State Seal 1861
State Bird Western Meadowlark 1937
State Flower Wild Native Sunflower 1903
State Song "Home on the Range" 1947
State Tree Cottonwood 1937
State Flag 1927
State Insect Honeybee 1976
State Amphibian Barred Tiger Salamander 1994
State Animal American Buffalo 1955
State Soil Harney Silt Loam 1990
State Reptile Ornate Box Turtle 1986

Complete the questions below.

1.  Kansas became a state on January 29, .

2.  The state insect is the .

3.  Harney Silt Loam is the state .

4.  The Kansas State Seal tells its .

5.  The state bird is the

6.  "Ad astra per aspera" means "."

7.  The state reptile is the .

8.  The Cottonwood is the state .

9.  The state song is "."

10.  The "Sunflower State" is its .



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