The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 10, 2014

Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States

— 1.A ball of twine in Cawker City measures over 38' in circumference and weighs more than 16,750 pounds and is still growing.

2.A grain elevator in Hutchinson is 1/2 mile long and holds 46 million bushels in its 1,000 bins.

3.South of Ashland the Rock Island Bridge is the longest railroad bridge of its kind. It measures 1,200 feet long and is 100 feet above the Cimarron River.

4.At Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine waterbeds for horses are used in surgery.

5.Kansas won the award for most beautiful license plate for the wheat plate design issued in 1981.

6.Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States.

7.At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.

8.The first woman mayor in the United States was Susan Madora Salter. She was elected to office in Argonia in 1887.

9.The first black woman to win an Academy Award was Kansan Hattie McDaniel. She won the award for her role in "Gone with the Wind."

10.Kansas inventors include Almon Stowger of El Dorado who invented the dial telephone in 1889; William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland who invented the helicopter in 1909; and Omar Knedlik of Coffeyville who invented the first frozen carbonated drink machine in 1961.

11.Smith County is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states.

12.Amelia Earhart, first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Associate and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean was from Atchison.

13.Dwight D. Eisenhower from Abilene was the 34th President of the United States.

14.Silent comedian Buster Keaton, of early film success, was from Piqua, Kansas.

15.The three largest herds of buffalo (correctly called bison) in Kansas are located on public lands at the Maxwell Game Preserve (McPherson), Big Basin (Ashland), and Buffalo Game Preserve (Garden City).

16.Fort Riley, between Junction City and Manhattan, was the cradle of the United States Cavalry for 83 years. George Custer formed the famed 7th Cavalry there in 1866. Ten years later, at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, the 7th was virtually wiped out. The only Cavalry survivor was a horse named Comanche.

17.Wyatt Earp, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and William B. "Bat" Masterson were three of the legendary lawmen who kept the peace in rowdy frontier towns like Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hays, and Wichita.

18.The public swimming pool at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City occupies half a city block and holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water.

19.Cedar Crest is the name of the governor's mansion in Topeka, the state capital.

20.Barton County is the only Kansas County that is named for a woman; the famous volunteer Civil War nurse Clara Barton.

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