Kansas

If you’re not from Kansas, then your strongest association with the state is probably The Wizard of Oz. However, Kansas is a lot more than the place the fictional character Dorothy Gale once called home. Kansas’s Smith County is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous U.S. states. Kansas was home to some of history’s most famous lawmen, including Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, and Bat Masterson. The country’s first Pizza Hut opened in Kansas, too!

Even so, there’s a lot about Kansas you won’t learn from your average history class, trivia book, or travel guide. Regional history and local interest literature can help you fill in the blanks.

Reintroduce Yourself to the Sunflower State

Whether you’re a Kansas native interested in learning more about the communities, populations, and people that made your state great, or simply a history buff looking for something new to explore, you’ll truly appreciate the possibilities regional history books offer.

Track the development of historic Salina from its beginnings in 1858 all the way up to today. Explore an intimate look at Kansas penal history with dedicated volumes on Lansing Correctional Facility, the United States Disciplinary Barracks, and many more. Discover your next favorite ghost story with a look at Wichita’s most famous haunted areas. Even learn about the legacy of the El Dorado oil boom.

Arcadia Publishing Offers A Different View of History

Arcadia Publishing’s comprehensive library of regional interest books is one of the largest and most respected in North America. That being said, it’s a great place to get to know Kansas on a more personal level.

Learn more about your own hometown or favorite weekend getaway spots. Discover the rich backstories of hundreds of local heroes. Explore sports, food culture, war history, aviation, and many more subjects of interest.

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