Settled in the 1850s, Lawrence was the site of the Wakarusa War and is now the home of the University of Kansas (28,000 students). It is in the northeastern section of the state, about half way between Topeka and Kansas City, and along the Kansas River. In recent years, the city has landed on "best places to live" lists.
Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which flows through it, and was for thousands of years the home of various Native American tribes. After years of conflict between New England Free Staters and pro-slavery factions from Missouri, Kansas entered the Union as a free state in 1861.
Today, Kansas is one of the country's most productive agricultural regions and is carpeted with waving wheat and sunflower fields.
Famous people from Kansas include John Brown (abolitionist), Kirstie Alley (actress), Walter Chrysler (automaker), Bob Dole (politician) and Amelia Earhart (aviator).
It is said that Kansas has 6,000 ghost towns.
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