Lyla Phillips, PRMS 5th Grader

I am proud to be a Kansan. I was born in Kansas and I have lived here my whole life.  Kansas is the 15th biggest state in the US, with a population of over 2.8 million.  Kansas will be celebrating its 150th birthday on January 29, 2011.

The Santa Fe Trail, which went through Kansas, was very important in transporting goods and people from Missouri to New Mexico in the 1800’s.  It took about eight weeks to travel the trail.  Later the trail was replaced by a rail road which shortened the trip tremendously.

Many famous people lived in Kansas like Dwight Eisenhower, our 34th president.  Eisenhower went to high school in Abilene, Kansas.  Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas in 1897.  She was the first woman to attempt to fly around the world.  Sadly she disappeared over the Atlantic in 1937.

The capitol of Kansas is Topeka, while the largest city is Wichita.  Wichita was nicknamed “The Air Capitol of the World” because many aircraft corporations were founded in Wichita in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  Hutchinson,

Kansas has the Cosmosphere and Space Center, a Smithsonian affiliated space museum.

Kansas is also famous for its tornados like the one in the classical movie “The Wizard of Oz”, which brought fame to Kansas all over the world.

In my opinion, I think that Kansas is perfectly balanced; not too hot, not too cold, not too much country and not too much city.  It’s a perfect place to live.  As Dorothy once  said, “There’s no place like home.”