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Kansas // Topeka, KS // Midwest Region // Central/Mountain Time
(The Sunflower State)
Territory established: May 30, 1854
Statehood granted: January 29, 1861 // 34th state
Kansas was formed out of land from the Louisiana Purchase.
[View maps of Louisiana Purchase]

#4292 // September 2, 2008
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
Kansas State Flag
farm buildings and silos
#1968 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
and Sunflower
#1666 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
Kansas State Flag

Kansas Overprint Stamps
#658 - 668 issued in 1929 and only sold for one year
(overprint on regular issues #632 - 642, rotary press printing in 1926/27)
This special issue was authorized as a measure of preventing losses from post office burglaries. Approximately a year's supply was printed and issued to postmasters. The Post Office Department found it desirable to discontinue the State overprinted stamps after the initial supply was used.
[Please refer also to the State of Nebraska]
#658 // May 1, 1929 //
Newton, KS
(overprint on original stamp
#632 // June 10, 1927)
#659 // April 16, 1929 //
Colby, KS
(overprint on original stamp
#633 // May 17, 1927)
#660 // May 1, 1929 //
Colby, KS; Dodge City, KS;
Liberal, KS
(overprint on original stamp
#634 // December 10, 1926)
Please click here to view all eleven overprinted stamps
and learn more about the reason for the overprint.
Scott catalogue value for stamp set Nos. 658-668 (11)
US$ 480 (mint, never hinged), US$ 255 (mint, hinged), US$ 180 (used)

#1061 // May 31, 1954 // Fort Leavenworth, KS
Kansas Territorial

Wheat Field and Pioneer Wagon Train
#1183 // May 10, 1961 // Council Grove, KS
Kansas Statehood

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus),
Pioneer Couple and Stockade

#1506 // August 6, 1974 // Hillsboro, KS
Introduction of hard winter wheat
into Kansas by Mennonite immigrants

Wheat fields and passenger train
with contemporary steam locomotive
#4493 // January 27, 2011 // Topeka, KS
Kansas Statehood

Historic windmill from the mid-19th century,
which pumped water from the underground;
five modern wind turbines for electricity generation

#3576 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from Kansas

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View Kansas state quarter
View Kansas state map
View Kansas clock

The state name derives from the Sioux Indian word
for "people of the southwind".
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
81,815 [211.900]
ranked 13th
(census 2010)
ranked 33rd
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
35 [13]
ranked 41st
The State of Kansas has 105 counties.
In 1912, following the admission of Arizona and New Mexico to the Union, the US Coast and Geodetic survey officially designated a point about two miles (ca. 3,219 km) northwest of the small town of Lebanon, Smith County, KS as the Geographic Center of the United States.
In 1959 it became the Geographic Center of the "contiguous lower" 48 states of the nation. The coordinates are at Latitude 39° 50' N, and Longitude 98° 35' W.
Historic Route 66 leads 13 miles (21 km) through Kansas.


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