100 Kansas Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

The state of Kansas borders Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado. It may seem like a small place but the census of 2010 has proved otherwise. The state has a population of 3 Million and growing!

Kansas is claimed to be named after a Native American tribe whose name means “people of the wind”. This is largely attributed to the fact that Dodge City records an average wind speed that clocks in at 14 miles per hour. Making it the windiest city in the entirety of the United States.

Kansas Facts Trivia Questions and Answers – 2022 – 2023

All American states are famous for something, whether it’s facts about Hawaii’s surfing experience or the Disney land in Florida, and Kansas is no exception.

Did you know the helicopter was invented here? Charles Wilson and William Purvis came up with this brainchild over 100 years ago.

Test your Kansas knowledge with our fun trivia questions sure to broaden your know-how!


1. Amelia Earhart was born in a Kansas town whose name is also part of the name of a railroad. Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to a hit song with this town’s name. What town is it?



2. Where did the state of Kansas get its name from?

It is named after the Kansa Native American tribe.


3. This large river meets up with the Missouri River in Kansas City and flows through the northeastern part of the state. Name this river?

Kansas River


4. What are the residents of Kansas called?



5. What is the Kansas state flower?



6. Dodge City was built along with the old what?

Santa Fe Trail route


7. What area of Kansas is noted for coal mining and is the home of “Big Brutus”, which is a huge steam shovel standing over 160 feet tall?

Cherokee Lowlands


8. On January 29, 1861, Kansas became a U.S. State and entered the Union as a what?

Free state


9. Where is “The Big Well”?

Greensburg, Kansas, USA


10. The first European to explore what is now Kansas was who?

Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, in 1541.


11. Which Spanish explorer first set foot in the area which is now Kansas?



12. What was the first permanent white settlement in future Kansas?

Fort Leavenworth


13. In addition to the Sunflower State, what is another of the various nicknames of Kansas?

Jayhawker State


14. The city of Abilene was the boyhood home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was a trailhead for what trail?

The Chisholm Trail


15. The region where a major Kansas river flows was created by glaciers long ago. What is the name of this region that covers the northeastern part of the state?

Glaciated Region


16. After the Civil War many African Americans looked to Kansas as the land of “John Brown” and began establishing what?

Black colonies in the state.


17. Who or what was Kansas named for?

The warriors called Kansa


18. What is the region in the extreme southeast corner of Kansas that was once the center of zinc mining in the U.S.?

Ozark Plateau


19. Where did Wild Bill Hickok serve as a deputy marshal?

At Fort Riley


20. What is the Kansas state bird?

Western Meadowlark


21. Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp both were lawmen in what wild west city in Kansas?

Dodge City


22. What was Kansas’ nickname in the years leading up to the Civil War?

Bleeding Kansas


23. How many heads of cattle from Texas were put on trains in Dodge City headed east in one year?

8 million


24. At one time, it was against the law to serve ice cream on _________ in Kansas?

Cherry pie


25. What was the nickname for Dodge City?

“Queen of the Cowtowns.”


26. What is the official state animal of Kansas?

American bison


27. In 1881 Kansas was the first state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting what?


28. The center of the 48 contiguous states is located near Lebanon, Kansas. What county is Lebanon, Kansas in?

Smith County


29. What is the name of the smallest incorporated city in Kansas with a population of 5?



30. What rich grassland region in Kansas fattened cattle at the end of the “long drive” on the Chisholm Trail?

Flint Hills


31. Kansas is bordered by what state on the north?



32. Where is the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum located?

LaCrosse, Kansas, USA


33. What was the all-time low temperature ever recorded in Kansas?

−40 °F on February 13, 1905, near Lebanon.


34. What is the state tree?



35. Which state borders Kansas on the south?



36. Who sacked and burned the town of Lawrence in 1863?

Quantrill’s Raiders


37. The city of Hutchinson has the world’s largest and longest what?

Wheat elevator.


38. Which U.S. State borders Kansas on the west?



39. Once a prehistoric inland sea, this area contains many famous fossil finds. The most famous is a fish within a fish that can be seen at the Steinberg Museum in Hays, Kansas. Which area?

High Plains


40. How many counties does the state of Kansas have?



41. In Piqua, Kansas, there is a museum dedicated to a silent film comedian (and native son). Who is this comedian?

Buster Keaton


42. How many cities does Kansas have?



43. What is the state animal?



44. In what county is the geographic center of Kansas located?

Barton County


45. Which group settled in Kansas during the 1870’s to escape religious persecution in Russia?



46. What is the average elevation in Kansas?

2,000 feet


47. Barton County is the only Kansas County that is named for a ?



48. What river creates nearly 75 miles of the Kansas border?

The Missouri River


49. Under the terms of the original Homestead Act of 1862, how many years were Kansans given to improve their land?

5 years

50. From January 1, 1950, through October 31, 2006, Kansas reported more what than any other state except for Texas?



51. Where is the Coleman Lantern Museum?

Wichita, Kansas, USA


52. Per year, how many tornadoes does  Kansas average?

Over 50


53. Which Kansan served as Vice-President of the United States?

Charles Curtis


54. What is the all-time highest temperature ever recorded in Kansas?

121 °F on July 24, 1936, near Alton.


55. Along the southern border of Kansas in 1893, many folks lined up and waited patiently or impatiently for the Cherokee Strip Land Run to begin. In what town did they wait?


56. What is the population density of Kansas?

52.9 people per square mile.


57. Famous politician Bob Dole is from which Kansas town?



58. The Wichita metropolitan area is home to how many people?

Over 600,000 people.


59. In what geographic region of the US is Kansas located?



60. The city of Hutchinson was built on one of the world’s largest what?

Salt deposits.


61. What area in Kansas is known as Post Rock country after German settlers faced a lack of trees? They had to make fence posts cut from soft limestone layers that had hardened when exposed to sun light.

Smoky Hills


62. What city was the site of the deadliest tornado in Kansas history, taking place on May 25, 1955, and killing 80 people?



63. What is the state insect?



64. Which US state borders Kansas on the east?



65. Who was the only Republican governor in the country to be re-elected in 1934?

Alf Landon


66. For the first time in the history of professional baseball, what was played in Independence on April 28, 1930?

The first night game.


67. A 30 foot tall statue of ___________ stands in Manhattan.

Johnny Kaw


68. Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark is a nationally protected landmark in Kansas. In what county is it located?

Gove County


69. What is Kansas’ regal state color?



70. Who holds the KU record for most 3-pointers in a game with 11?

Terry Brown


71. Usually associated with Oklahoma, this region extends into Kansas and derives its name from the abundance of iron in the soil, which gives the soil its distinctive color. Name it.

Red Hills


72. Who holds the KU record for most free throws made in a career (541)?

Darnell Valentine


73. In Hutchinson, Kansas the museum called the Kansas Cosmosphere is dedicated to what?

Space Exploration artifacts


74. Who holds KU’s record for blocked shots in a season by a freshman (62)?

Eric Chenowith


75. Which famous Kansas newspaperman edited the Emporia Gazette from 1895 until his death in 1944?

William Allen White


76. Who is KU’s all-time rushing leader?

June Henley


77. This element was discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas.



78. Who was the last Kansas player to lead the Big 12 in rushing?

Jon Cornish


79. Kansas has many unusual rock formations. Cobra Rock was the centerpiece until it toppled in an area of rocks made of what type of natural material?



80. Which of these Kansas counties houses the state capitol building?

Shawnee County


81. What Kansas region was named after the Spanish word for cliff and the Native American tribe living there during European contact?

Osage Cuestas


82. What is the state song?

Home on the Range


83. Which famous medical facility, noted for its psychiatric research, was founded in Topeka in the 1920s?

Menninger Clinic


84. Which Kansan was the 34th President of the United States?

Dwight D. Eisenhower


85. Where in Kansas could one see the first bulldozer?

Morrowville, Kansas, USA


86. In which branch of state government is the Kansas Secretary of State?



87. Jim Ryun became famous for his accomplishments in which field?

Track and field


88. What is the name of the U.S. Supreme Court decision which declared in 1954 that segregation in schools is unconstitutional?

Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education


89. In 1899 in Medicine Lodge, a leader in the fight against alcohol usage emerged. Who was it?

Carry A. Nation


90. When did the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado become the first European to enter present-day Kansas?



91. Only ten miles wide, this region runs from the southern border of Kansas as far north as Leavenworth County. Which one is it?

Chautauqua Hills


92. Where in Kansas can you find one of the world’s largest balls of twine?

Cawker City


93. Which Kansas location has been ranked the windiest city in the nation?

Dodge City


94. What town in Kansas can you find Dorothy’s House?



95. Which Kansan born in Wichita was the first black performer to win an Academy Award in 1939 and the first black Oscar winner honored with a U.S. postage stamp in 2006?

Hattie McDaniel


96. Which event is held annually in Wichita during the first two weeks of August?

NBC World Series


97. On what day is Kansas Day celebrated?

January 29


98. Which Kansas fort is located in the southeastern part of the state?

Fort Scott


99. The state’s name comes from a Kansas Indian word ‘kanza’, meaning what?

South wind


100. Which is the state’s largest newspaper?

Wichita Eagle


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