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Wagon ruts from the trail are still visible in the prairie today.In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state.In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." In response to demands of Methodists and other evangelical Protestants, in 1881 Kansas became the first U. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages, which was only repealed in 1948.
The geographic center of the 48 contiguous states is in Smith County near Lebanon.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory.
The Santa Fe Trail traversed Kansas from 1821 to 1880, transporting manufactured goods from Missouri and silver and furs from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1803, most of modern Kansas was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Southwest Kansas, however, was still a part of Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.