Symbols of Kansas By: Shawna German

Before beginning with the state symbols of Kansas, it is important to introduce a little history of Kansas.

The State Flag of Kansas: The flag of the state of Kansas was adopted in 1927. On the flag is the state seal and a sunflower.

Flag of Kansas

The Nickname of Kansas: The official nickname for Kansas is The Sunflower State, although it has many nicknames. The origin of the nickname has been disagreed upon.

Kansas: The Sunflower State

The State Flower: In 1903, the Kansas Legislature designated the Sunflower, Helianthus annuus, as the state flower.

Wild Sunflowers

Kansas Seal: The Great Seal of the State of Kansas was adapted January 29, 1861 and tells the history of Kansas. It contains a landscape with a rising sun, river and steamboat, settler's cabin and a man plowing a field, a wagon train heading west, Indians hunting American Bison, a cluster of 34 stars representing Kansas as the 34th state, and the words "Ad Astra per Aspera."

The Great Seal of the State of Kansas

Kansas Motto: "Ad Astra per Aspera" is the state motto. This is the Latin phrase for "To the Stars through Difficulties."

"Ad Astra per Aspera"

Kansas Song: "Home on the Range" is the song of Kansas. It is a classic western folk song originally written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas. It was originally a poem entitled "My Western Home." In 1947, it became the state song of Kansas.

Animal of Kansas: The American buffalo was designated and declared to be the official animal of the state of Kansas June 30, 1955.

The American Buffalo

State Bird of Kansas: In 1925, the Kansas Audubon Society held a vote for the school children to chose the State bird. The western meadowlark, the bobwhite quail, the cardinal, and the robin were the closest competitive candidates. The western meadowlark won and the Kansas Legislature approved the western meadowlark as the official state bird of Kansas June 30, 1937.

Western Meadowlark

Kansas State Amphibian: The barred tiger salamander was designated as the official amphibian of the state of Kansas July 1, 1994. The idea was introduced in the spring of 1993 when a group of second graders in Wichita were studying animals with backbones.

Kansas State Reptile: The Ornate Box Turtle is the reptile of Kansas, adapted in 1986. It is one of only two terrestrial species of turtles native to the Great Plains of the United States.

Barred Tiger Salamander

The State Tree of Kansas: The cottonwood tree is the official state tree of Kansas. It was approved on March 23, 1937. There was no particular type of cottonwood named.

Cottonwood Tree

Here is a video that includes more information about individual symbols of Kansas.

Kansas is a state with a lot of rich history, and it is reflected within its symbols.

Thank you for viewing!

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Shawna Vakadewatabua


Created with images by fireboat895 - "Approaching Storm" • Free Grunge Textures - - "Kansas Grunge Flag" • LauraGilchrist4 - "University of Kansas jersey in a field of Sunflowers!" • Uncle Muley - "Bunches of Sunflowers" • akasped - "Kansas State seal" • nigelhowe - "Stars" • Larry Smith2010 - "American Bison" • Seabamirum - "Western Meadowlark" • CaliforniaDFW - "Hybrid Salamander" • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region - "Cottonwood" • Wokandapix - "thanks word letters"

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