Kansas State Symbols

Kansas State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Kansas Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Kansas is centrally located in the US heartland, Kansas provides many examples of small-town America. The state is home to historic western towns, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Students studying in Kansas can experience life on the prairie, where the American bison still dwell, while engaging in a wide variety of educational offerings.

Kansas is known as the "Sunflower State," Kansas became the 34th state in 1861. Kansas' state's name comes from the Kansa or Kaw Indians and is a Sioux Indian term meaning "south wind people." Within Kansas's borders is the magnetic center mark for all of North America. All land surveys in the US, Canada, and Mexico use this as a reference point. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous (connected) states is located in a Kansas pasture. The American buffalo is the state animal and the capital is Topeka.

Kansas State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Kansas state facts such as Kansas state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Kansas, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots.

Kansas State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Amphibian Barred Tiger Salamander
(Ambystoma tigrinum mavortium, Baird, 1850)
Animal American Buffalo
(Bison bison)
Banner State Banner
Bird Western Meadowlark
(Sturnella neglecta)
Flag State Flag
Firefighter's Museum Kansas Firefighter's Museum
Flower Helianthus or Wild Native Sunflower
(Helianthus annuus)
Floral Emblem Helianthus or Wild Native Sunflower
(Helianthus annuus)
Grass Little Bluestem
(Schizachyrium scoparium)
Insect Honeybee
(Apis mellifera)
Language English
March "The Kansas March"
March "Here's Kansas"
Motto "Ad Astra Per Aspera"
(To the Stars Through Difficulties)
Nicknames "Sunflower State"
Quarter Kansas State Quarter
Reptile Ornate Box Turtle
(Terrapene ornata)
Seal Great Seal
Soil Harney silt loam
(Fine, smectitic, mesic Typic Argiustolls)
Song "Home on the Range"
Tree Eastern Cottonwood
(Populus deltoides)
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