Friday, January 29, 2010

Today is Kansas Day or Kansas's 149th birthday. This has me thinking of all of the brave folks that settled this great place and of all of the history that Kansas has to offer. I proudly live in one of those historical places. Behind our home is the original dogout that the first settlers of this land lived in. I can only imagine how hard that would have been. I realize now looking down there that it would have been much nicer when it was new, but it is so small and dark. The second thing on our property that they built was the barn. Third they built a one room house above this original dogout and lived in it. This was also used as one of the first mail houses in the area. I have heard stories from the relatives of the original settlers that Indians came to visit the little one room house and peeked in the windows. One of the last things that they did was build the 2 story farmhouse that is where we live today.

Here is some easy Kansas History for you....

Our state flower is the sunflower.
Our state tree is the cottonwood tree.
Our state bird is the Western Meadowlark.
Our state animal is the bison.
Our state insect is the honeybee.
Our state song is "Home on the Range."
Our state nickname is the Sunflower State.

I will leave you with these words from the song "Home on the Range."

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play; where seldom is heard a discouraging word, And, the skies are not cloudy all day.

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