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Kansas Trivia

Keeper of the Plains in Wichita (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/18/2019 - 07:05

Q: The Keeper of the Plains is a 44-foot tall sculpture that stands at the confluence of the Arkansas (ar-KAN-zes) and Little Arkansas (ar-KAN-zes) Rivers in Wichita. What's the name of the Native American artist who created it?

The famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles originally spelled Hollywoodland.
KPR Staff Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:34

Q: On January 25, 2006, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 39-cent commemorative stamp in Beverly Hills, California. The stamp honored a famous Kansan -- a character actress, singer and performer on radio, TV and on the Silver Screen. What's the name of this Academy-Award-winning Kansas actress?

Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving at the depot in Lawrence, Kansas, right around midnight. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/04/2019 - 17:00

Q: For those getting on board in Lawrence, Kansas, the "Midnight Train" doesn't go to Georgia.  In fact, it goes in the opposite direction.  Just before midnight every day, the Southwest Chief arrives at the Lawrence depot and then heads west, southwest.  This Amtrak train runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles, passing through eight states along the way.  How many stops does it make in Kansas?  (We want the total NUMBER of stops the Southwest Chief makes in Kansas.)

Prairie Dunes Golf Course in Reno County. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:10

Q: Emerson Carey, founder of the Carey Salt Company, was an avid golfer. The Carey family commissioned a designer to create a now famous golf course in Reno County that's become popular with professional golfers and celebrities. What's the name of this golf course?

The Front Runner (Photo from Sony Pictures)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:45

Q: The Front Runner is a new movie about a former U.S. Senator and the 1987 scandal that sank his presidential campaign. What's the name of the politician portrayed in the film by Hugh Jackman -- and where in Kansas was he born?

The governor's 2018 Christmas tree arrives at Cedar Crest in Topeka. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
KPR Staff Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:16

Q: In mid-November, the so-called "Cedar Crest Christmas tree" was delivered to Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and First Lady Ruth Colyer at Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion, in Topeka. Which type of tree is it? Austrian Pine, Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce or Western White Spruce? (Hint: The hills are alive with the Sound of Music and these trees.)

Recruitment poster for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)
KPR Staff Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:00

Q: Born in Newton, Kansas, in 1918, she was one of the first women in the United States Army to earn the rank of brigadier general (that's a one-star general for all you civilians). What's the name of this fighting female who served in World War II, the Korean conflict and in Vietnam?

Astronaut Nick Hague dons a spacesuit during spacewalk training at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. (Flickr/NASA Johnson)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00

Q: This Kansas native was headed for the International Space Station until something went wrong with his Soyuz spacecraft. Instead, the mission was aborted in mid-flight and the spacecraft safely returned to Earth. What's the name of the Kansas astronaut whose spaceflight was called off just two minutes after liftoff?

11th Kansas Cavalry guidon, used during the American Civil War (Image from the Kansas Historical Society)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:00

Q: During the Battle of Mine Creek (also known as the Battle of the Osage), a Confederate general was captured by a lowly private in the Union army. History remembers the 20-year-old private as James Dunlavy, of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. What was the name of the Confederate general who was captured and who would later become governor of Missouri?

KPR Staff Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:14

Q: Founded in 1885, this town gets its name from its location. Located near the border between Norton and Decatur (dih-KAY-tur) counties, what's the name of this northwest Kansas community?

KPR Staff Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:00

Q: The Kansas State Fair begins today (FRI) in Hutchinson. All of the following foods will be offered at this year's fair, except one. Which one of the following five foods WON'T be available? Deep Fried Deviled Eggs? Moon Pie Burgers? Deep Fried Piña Coladas? Frozen Pickle Juice Slushies? Tuna Fish Milkshakes?

This woman from south-central Kansas became the first woman in the nation to have a nationally syndicated political column.
KPR Staff Fri, 08/31/2018 - 09:00

Q: Who was the first woman in the United States to have a nationally syndicated political column and where, in Kansas, was she born and raised?

KPR Staff Fri, 08/24/2018 - 09:17

Q: At the Kansas State Fair in 1915, one attraction promised to transport passengers through "gloomy caves of gleesome gladness." What's the name of this attraction that's still going strong at the State Fair in Hutchinson?

One of the University of Notre Dame's logos. The other is a fighting Irishman.
KPR Staff Fri, 08/17/2018 - 08:00

Q: Notre Dame's legendary football coach, Knute Rockne, died in a plane crash in the Flint Hills of Kansas in 1931. A rancher from Clark County, Kansas, was contacted to identify Rockne's body because -- as fate would have it -- this rancher had been Rockne's football coach and knew him well. What's the name of Knute Rockne's former football coach?

Some of the many Station of the Year awards KPR has received from the KAB since 1996.
KPR Staff Fri, 08/10/2018 - 09:10

Q: Kansas Public Radio has been named the 2018 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Since 1996, when the award was first presented, KPR has won the KAB's top prize more than any other station, regardless of market size. How many times has KPR won this coveted award from the KAB?

KPR Staff Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:13

Q: State geologist Erasmus Haworth can be credited for helping to identify a massive underground oil deposit in south-central Kansas. The most productive oil field in state history, it has already produced more than 300 million barrels of oil. What’s the name of this oil field that covers 34 square miles?

Mural seen on a building in Salina (Photo by Bryan Thompson)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:12

Q: In 1889, a company was established in Salina that sold food, furnishings, school supplies, notions and clothing for working men and women. What name brand clothing item was first produced by this company in Salina?

 Image Courtesy Daniel Field
KPR Staff Fri, 07/20/2018 - 09:16

Q: In 1872, a fossil bird called Ichthyornis (ICK-thee-OR-nis) was discovered in Kansas by geologist Benjamin Franklin Mudge. It was the first bird with teeth ever found. In which Kansas county was it discovered?

Map of Kansas, circa 1910
KPR Staff Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:13

Q: When it was laid out in 1871, this western Kansas town was called Walnut City. By 1878, the town had a population of 1,500. But this community was on the losing end of the longest county seat war in Kansas history and these days, fewer than 200 people call this place home. What's the name of this western Kansas town once called Walnut City? (RUSH to your phone if you know the answer!) 

KPR Staff Fri, 07/06/2018 - 09:00

Q: When Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the Corps of Discovery, held the first Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi, they fired a cannon, drank extra rations of whiskey and named a body of water "Independence Creek." All of this took place near present day Atchison. What was the year in which this celebration took place?

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