Kansas is a Midwestern state that epitomizes the U.S. heartland with its Great Plains setting of rolling wheat fields. The Museum of World Treasures in Wichita, the state’s largest city, covers world history from dinosaurs to Elvis, while the open-air Old Cowtown Museum traces the city’s pioneer past. In nearby Hutchinson, the Cosmosphere displays the Russian Vostok and Apollo 13 spacecrafts.
Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita. Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe’s name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean “people of the (south) wind” although this was probably not the term’s original meaning. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison.
Kansas was first settled by European Americans in 1812, in what is the now Bonner Springs, Kansas, but the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery issue. When it was officially opened to settlement by the U.S. government in 1854 with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine whether Kansas would become a free state or a slave state. Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, and was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists eventually prevailed, and on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland.
By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles (213,100 km2) is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,641. Residents of Kansas are called Kansans. Mount Sunflower is Kansas’s highest point at 4,041 feet (1,232 m). To learn more about Kansas click here
Dennis and Carol Meierotto
Dennis and Carol Meierotto opened their doors in 1979 in a small storefront consisting of only 800 square feet. With a small staff of only three other people, Carol and Dennis sometimes worked until after midnight ensuring that customer orders were on time. In 1986 they expanded to their location on Vivion Road with the help of several of their seven young children. Their son, Tyler, worked through high school and college and gained a keen understanding of all aspects of the business.
Three other children, Emily, Jenny and Ted, joined the business over the years and now have each taken on unique roles. Despite their children taking on larger roles and responsibilities, Carol and Dennis are still at the store every day. There are plans now for a new, larger location scheduled to open in late 2017 that will offer several amenities and a larger selection of merchandise.
4311 NE Vivion Road
Kansas City, MO 64119