There's no place like home, Toto.
So click your magic toenails and take us back to the land of
Auntie Em and traveling tent shows, wheat and cows at
pasture-and, more often than not, soybeans. It's a changing
world. Some two and a half million people now dot the plains
once dominated by Pawnee and Osage Indians; and where the Oregon
and Santa Fe Trails were forged, cities like Kansas City (which
sits smack dab on the Kansas-Missouri border), Topeka, and
Though the state's economy is still largely agricultural, its
affable, affordable cities increasingly attract newcomers with
resources and amenities more worthy of a cosmopolitan nod than
the cow town status they've enjoyed.
With Kansas playing host to over 50 institutions of higher
learning, more than 20 state parks, one of the nation's most
prominent centers of mental health research, and holding the
dubious distinction of being the birthplace of both Dwight
Eisenhower and Bob Dole, it's hard to imagine that the explorer
Stephen Long once proclaimed Kansas the "Great American Desert."
There's nothing dry here that we can see; just a lot of fertile