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Fred Flintstone balloon, as seen in a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
KPR Staff Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:14

Q: All the helium used to inflate the giant balloons used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City comes from the world’s second largest helium processing plant, which happens to be located in a small central Kansas town.  What’s the name of this town?

A birds-eye view of Tribune, in Greeley County, Kansas. Date: Between 1900 and 1910 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:00

Q: What western Kansas town is named for a former newspaper in the eastern United States?

This is a postcard showing Collins Block and the Hotel Greenwood in Eureka, Kansas. Between 1905 and 1910. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:22

Q: Often associated with the ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes, this word comes from a Greek expression meaning "I have found it." It's also the name of a Kansas community. Give us the name of this eastern Kansas town, which is also a county seat.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark, 1957. (Photo Courtesy of National Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:10

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - the state's favorite son - sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school desegregation. These weren't just any federal troops, they were elite army soldiers from a famous division. Name the division.

(Flickr/Laura Gilmore)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:15

Q: This year, daylight saving time will end on Sunday, November 5. In April of 1965, voters in this northeast Kansas community rejected a proposal to adopt daylight saving time on a 2-1 margin. Name the town that thought it was a capital idea to reject the clock-changing ritual?  

(FreeImages.com/Andreas Andersson)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/25/2017 - 00:00

Q: One Johnson County community is named after an Indian princess, the wife of Blackhoof, a Shawnee Indian chief. Another Johnson County community takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful. What are the names of these two Kansas City suburbs?

Hiawatha City Hall (Flickr/Jimmy Emerson, DVM)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/18/2017 - 00:00

Q: This northeast Kansas community's main street is not called Main Street - it's called Oregon Street because it's named after the Oregon Trail. The street runs east and west. The east-west streets to the north and south of Oregon Street are named for Indian tribes that lived to the north and south of the Oregon Trail. What's the name of this town, which will also be a hot spot for the total solar eclipse on Monday.

A view, taken sometime around 1860, looking southwest in Atchison, Kansas Territory. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:46

Q: Who said the following: "If I went West, I think I would go to Kansas -- to Leavenworth or Atchison. Both of them are, and will continue to be, fine growing places.”

Space capsule mock-up for NASA, under construction in Kipp, Kansas. (Photo Courtesy of Douglas Welding and Machine Company)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:55

Q: A Kansas company is building a test space capsule for NASA. Researchers at Kansas State University will use it to study the health effects of astronauts who will one day travel to Mars. Say, what? Exactly. What’s the name of the Kansas company in Saline County building this mock-up space capsule for NASA?

Johnny Cash and crew in a promo shot for his 1976 hit "One Piece At A Time" (where he steals an entire car, part by part, over several years working at the factory).
KPR Staff Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:29

Q: What's the name of the song that mentions all of these towns: Wichita, Ottawa, Oskaloosa, El Dorado, Kansas City and Dodge City? (Hint: versions of this song were made popular in America by Hank Snow and later, by Johnny Cash.)

Staff Sgt. Clinton Petit takes a spin on a grasshopper mower, saying it's like driving a golf cart. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Elaine Mayo)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00

Q: Groundskeepers at the White House use Kansas-made lawnmowers and other lawn and garden products to keep things looking sharp. What’s the name of the Kansas company that makes these mowers and where in Kansas are they manufactured? (Name the town!)

Holy Cross Church in the Ellis County town of Pfeifer. (Photo Courtesy of Carol Billinger, www.germancapitalofkansas.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:21

Q: When the Kansas Sampler Foundation asked people to vote on the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture, the structures that received the most votes included the Kansas Statehouse, the Chase County Courthouse, the Ness County Bank, two barns, two mansions and exactly one church. Give us the name of the only church to make the list and tell us where it's located.

View of "The Big Dipper" located in Garden City, Kansas. At the time, the pool was 218 ft. x 337 ft., and located in Finnup Park. Date: Between 1920 and 1939 (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/30/2017 - 00:00

Q: "The Big Pool" in Garden City has a minimum of 14 lifeguards on duty each day because it's bigger than a football field and contains 2.6 million gallons of water! What was the original name developers gave to "The Big Pool" when it was first constructed in 1922?   

This formal portrait shows a group of Delaware Indians. The group have been identified from left to right by their respected rows. FRONT ROW: James Ketchum, James Connor, John Connor, Charles Journeycake, Isaac Journeycake, John Sarcoxie, Sr. BACK ROW: James McDainel, (Cherokee), Black Beaver, Henry Tiblow, John G. Pratt, Charles Armstrong, John Young. Date: Between 1860 and 1865 (Photo via Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/16/2017 - 08:38

Q: This eastern Kansas town was named for a Delaware Indian whose name means "shorty." What's the name of this town?

(Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:10

Q: The first divisional army unit created to fight in World War I is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. What's the name of this outfit and where is it headquartered?

"Keeper of the Plains" in Wichita, Kansas (Flickr/Chris Murphy)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:19

Q: This late Kansas artist created the corporate logo used by the Wolf Creek Generating Station, also known as the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant. What’s his name?  

Hint: This Native American sculptor and painter is best remembered for creating the “Keeper of the Plains,” the iconic 44-foot tall steel sculpture in Wichita.

Marble map of Kansas, as seen in the visitor's center at the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Dan Skinner)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:15

We’ve all heard of JO CO.  That’s short for Johnson CountyJ-O is the two-letter abbreviation for that suburban county, as seen on Kansas license plates.  But what about NO CO, RO CO, FO CO and GO CO?  Can you give us the real names of these other counties?

KPR Staff Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:20

Here's another tidbit about Kansas that you just ought to know. Otherwise, you might as well be living somewhere else... in a less awesome state. 

Thomas Ward Custer was one of George Armstrong Custer's younger brothers and perished with him at the Battle of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory.
KPR Staff Fri, 05/12/2017 - 00:00

Q: The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award. A soldier buried at Fort Leavenworth was awarded not one - but two - Medals of Honor for bravery during the American Civil War. What's his name?

Twilight accentuates the new copper dome on the Kansas Statehouse, part of a nearly complete $332 million renovation and the first new copper covering since the roof was constructed in 1903. (Flickr Photo by Phil Cauthon / KHI)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/05/2017 - 00:00

Q: Renovation at the Kansas Statehouse cost a pretty penny - more than $300 million! It took $22 million for the copper top alone. How many pounds of copper did it take to put a new roof and dome on the Kansas Statehouse?

              67,000 pounds?   
              97,000 pounds?
     Or… 127,000 pounds?  

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