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Kansas Crazy Laws, Trivia, and Fun Facts

 Ghost Town of Salina, Kansas

Ghost Town of Salina, Kansas

Crazy Kansas Laws

1. In Lawrence, Kansas all cars entering the city limits must first sound their horn to warn the horses of their arrival.

2. Catching fish with your bare hands is illegal.

3. One may not picket a funeral.

4. Dead chickens may not cross the road.

5. Rabbits may not be shot from a motorboat.

6. Singing in the rain is illegal.

7. Hitting a vending machine that stole your money is illegal.

8. It is illegal to drive in a parade.

9. It is illegal to urinate on the side of a building.

10. It is illegal to spit on a sidewalk.

11. Cars may not have a musical horn.

12. People may not screech their tires or peel out while driving.

13. It is illegal to leave your car running while unattended.

14. Riding an animal down the street is illegal.

15. No one may sing the alphabet on the streets at night.

16. No matter how well behaved, a pet Pit Bull is not allowed within the city limits of Topeka, Kansas.

17. You can be sent to jail for up to one year for making lewd comments over the phone.

18. Dumping your waste in a city pool is against the law.

19. Any person caught using or carrying bean snappers or the like shall be fined.

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20. In Topeka, Kansas snowball fights are illegal.

All of these laws in some way, shape or form have been on the books. They may or may not still be there in one form or the other. In many cases the way they are interpratate them is not the way someone else would. It's all in fun.

Long Branch in Dodge City, Kansas

Long Branch in Dodge City, Kansas

Kansas fun facts and trivia

1. The Long Branch Saloon really did exist in Dodge City, Kansas. One of the owners, William Harris was originally from Long Branch, New Jersey and named the Long Branch Saloon after his hometown. It still exists and can be seen at the Dodge City Boothill Museum. I would love to visit the Long Branch Saloon and have a drink with Matt, Kitty, Doc, Festus, and the rest of the gang. (only in my mind guys.)

2. At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie on a Sunday.

3. Helium was discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas.

4. Dwight D. Eisenhower our 34th President of the United States was born in Abilene, Kansas.

5. Silent comedian Buster Keaton from early silent films was from Piqua, Kansas.

6. William Purvis and Charles Wilson , from Goodland, Kansas, invented the helicopter in 1909.

7. Kansas won the award for the most beautiful license plate in 1981. It was their wheat plate design that won.

8. Barton County, named after Clara Bartonthe famous volunteer Civil War Nurse, is the only Kansas county that is named for a woman.

9. 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 such as Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hayes, and Wichita.

10. Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States. It has an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour.

11. Kansas has the largest population of wild grouse in North America. The grouse is commonly known as the prairie chicken.

12. Amelia Earhardt, from Atchison, Kansas, was the first woman to be granted a pilots license by the National Aeronatics Association. She is also the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

13 Fire Station No. 4 in Lawrence, originally a stone barn constructed in 1858, was a station site of the Underground Railroad. (This would make for an interesting look at Civil War history.)

14. There are 27 Walnut Creeks in the state of Kansas.

15. All places of business in Dodge City are required to provide a horse water trough. (I love this idea, it makes it feel like the old west.)

16. The graham cracker was named after the Revernd Sylvester Graham. He was a Presbyterian minister who strongly believed in eating whole wheat flour products.

17. In 1990 Kansas wheat farmers produced enough wheat to make 33 billion loaves of bread, enough to provide every person on earth with 6 loaves of bread.

18. Russell Springs located in Logan County is known as the Cow Chip Capital of Kansas. (I wonder what they do these days with cow chips.)

19. Established in 1827, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is the oldest military post in continuous operation west of the Mississippi.

20. The world famous Fast-food chain known as Pizza Hut opened its first restaurant in Wichita. (I love Pizza Hut)

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"I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

— L. Frank Baum


Susan Hazelton (author) from Northern New York on June 30, 2015:

Paul, you are absolutely right. I did forget them. I can remember eating those little hamburgers, they were good.

Paul Strohm on June 29, 2015:

You forgot about fast food chain White Castle started in Wichita Ks. It is consider the first fast food chain, beating out McDonalds.

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