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This is a photograph made from a dry plate glass negative of Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas (1904). (Photo Courtesy Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 10/28/2016 - 09:21

Q: The beginning of a 1997 novel by Stephen King features a park in Kansas. The name of the novel is The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass. What’s the name of the Kansas park – and where’s it located? 

The bird statue and mascot of WREN that now sits in Topeka’s Huntoon Park once stood atop the WREN studios in Topeka. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/21/2016 - 00:00

Q: There’s a little patch of green space called Huntoon Park near the state capitol in Topeka. Inside this park, you’ll find a GIANT statue of a little bird, which was once the mascot for a radio station. Can you name the radio station associated with this little bird?

Elizabeth Taylor with her parents at the Stork Club in New York in 1947. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/14/2016 - 09:20

Q: Movie star Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, but her parents grew up in Kansas. Name the Kansas town where Elizabeth Taylor's parents met and grew up.

A group of children dressed in cylinder designed costumes possibly for Halloween or a play in Oakley, Kansas, May 22, 1907. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 10/07/2016 - 08:58

Q: A century ago, Halloween celebrations in Kansas were more about vandalism than trick-or-treating. A northeast Kansas town tried to put an end to all the Halloween high-jinx by staging a parade and costume contest for kids. The Halloween Frolic began on October 31, 1914, and is still going strong, making it the oldest night-time Halloween parade in America. Name the Kansas town that’s been holding this Halloween Frolic for the past 102 years.

Petey Cerf, Audio-Reader's founder. Former KANU General Manager Dick Wright, host of the Jazz Scene, holds a microphone.  (Photo Courtesy of Audio-Reader)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/09/2016 - 00:00

Q: In the mid-1960s, a Lawrence woman was reading to a friend in a nursing home when she became inspired. She wondered if there was a way to bring the spoken word to more people who had trouble reading printed material. This woman's vision became a reality in 1971 when the Kansas Audio-Reader Network went live on the air, serving the blind and visually-impaired. What's the name of this visionary woman who launched Audio-Reader?

Cattle herd and cowboy, circa 1902 (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 09/02/2016 - 00:00

Q: The city of Abilene is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with a three-day festival called Trails, Rails & Tales that begins today. The Chisholm Trail was used by cowboys to drive cattle from Texas to Kansas. But how many cattle are we talking about? 

Men of the 133rd Field Artillery Battalion enjoy Cokes on the front, March 17, 1944. (Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, National Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/26/2016 - 00:00

Q: As we all know, Dwight Eisenhower was the greatest president Kansas ever produced. Before serving in the White House, he was an army general in World War II. In an effort to boost morale, Eisenhower convinced an American company to ship an entire factory overseas to his troops fighting in the deserts of North Africa. What product did this company provide?

(Flickr/Christian Schnettelker)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/19/2016 - 00:00

Q: If you ever lose your marbles, don’t worry. You can get more. What’s the name of the company in eastern Kansas that makes marbles – and where is it located?

The Hays House on Main Street in Council Grove, around 1860. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 08/12/2016 - 00:00

Q: What's the name of the Kansas restaurant started by Daniel Boone's great-grandson, which is still in business today (159 years later!), along the old Santa Fe Trail?

Five illustrations of house dresses by Nelly Don, used in advertisements across the USA in 1922. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/05/2016 - 09:24

Q: Born in Parsons, this southeast Kansas woman became a famous women's fashion designer and multi-millionaire businesswoman. She did so by creating house dresses sold under the brand name "Nelly Don." By the 1950s, her garment company had become the largest manufacturer of women's clothing in the world. What's the name of this fashion designer?

Buffalo Soldier Mural Near Van Horn, Texas (Flickr Photo by Jan)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/29/2016 - 00:00

Q: Buffalo Soldiers were the first African-American regiments formed after the American Civil War. This included the 10th Cavalry, which was formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866.

The TV comedy show "Gilligan's Island" aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967.
KPR Staff Fri, 07/22/2016 - 09:15

Q: On the TV show Gilligan's Island, the fictional farm girl Mary Ann Summers was said to be from this small Kansas town. What's the name of Mary Ann's hometown - a very real place in south-central Kansas?

The town of Kinsley, in Edwards County, is often referred to as “Midway USA” because it is supposedly the halfway or midway point between New York City and San Francisco. The city of Kinsley even erected a sign reflecting this factoid. (Flickr Photo by Franklin B. Thompson)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/15/2016 - 00:00

Q: From 1965 to 1970, Kansas license plates included a memorable motto on the bottom part of the plate – what was it?

KPR Staff Fri, 07/08/2016 - 00:00

Q: The first African-American woman to serve as mayor in Kansas is still on the job. In fact, she's been the mayor in Stockton, in northwest Kansas, for nearly 15 years. What's her name?

On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. Essentially, this legislation ushered in the age of the interstate, which connected major cities across the country.
KPR Staff Fri, 07/01/2016 - 00:00

Q: Sixty years ago this week, President Dwight Eisenhower - who grew up in Abilene - signed legislation forever altering the landscape of the United States. What was it?

(Photo Illustration by Joanna Fewins)
KPR Staff Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:46

Q: According to the National Weather Service, two Kansas communities share the record for the hottest temperature in state history. Fredonia, in southeast Kansas, reached 121 degrees on July 18, 1936. What other Kansas community reached 121 degrees just six days later?

Daniel Read Anthony, (1824-1904), brother of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. He migrated to the Kansas territory in 1854 as a member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company and settled in Leavenworth, Kansas, where he established a long and successfull career as a newspaper editor and publisher. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 06/17/2016 - 09:42

Q: Daniel Anthony was one of the more colorful figures in the early days of Kansas. He was an abolitionist, a newspaper publisher, a gunfighter and the one-time mayor of Leavenworth. And while he was fairly famous in his day, his older sister became much more famous. Who was his sister, whose name is still recognized today?

This is a postcard showing coal mine no. 1 at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, 1920s. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /
KPR Staff Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:09

Today's Kansas Trivia Question comes to us courtesy of Ted Heim, KPR's all-time trivia champ!  

Q: At one time, the state of Kansas owned and operated a coal mine. Where was it located?

First draft of Basket Ball rules, which hung in the gym so that the boys might learn the rules.  (Photo Courtesy of KU University Archives/Spencer Library)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/20/2016 - 09:17

Q: In the earliest version of basketball, there was no dribbling, dunking, three-pointers or shot clocks. The original rules of the game are now on display at the DeBruce Center at the University of Kansas. Those rules were typed up by the inventor of the game, Dr. James Naismith, who became KU’s first basketball coach. In what year did Naismith first publish his rules of the game?

Wilt Chamberlain with other Hall of Fame inductees, 1979. From left to right: Don Baker, A.C. "Dutch" Lonborg, John McLendon, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Johnson, and Ted Owens. (Photo Courtesy of Spencer Research Library/KU)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/13/2016 - 00:00

Q: Born in Hiawatha, this man became the first men’s basketball coach to win three consecutive national championships. He was also the first African-American coach to win a national basketball championship. What's the name of this Kansan who's enshrined as both a contributor and a coach in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? 


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