Description - Kansas first appears in the history of the west in the 16th century at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, when Spanish conquistadores explored the unknown land now known as Kansas. It was later explored by French fur trappers who traded with the Native Americans. Kansas became part of the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
- Four sites in Kansas managed by Federal and state agencies are described in this section of Wildernet.
Recreation - Historical sites provide educational programs and opportunities to view historic buildings and locations. Some sites also have interpretive tours and hiking trails.
Climate - Kansas has an annual mean temperature almost as high as that of Virginia, more sunshine than that of any state to the east, and generous summer rains. The State lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, its weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration. Summers are inclined to be warm--often the word "hot" describes them best--but are healthful, with low relative humidity during periods of high temperatures, and usually a good wind movement. Heat prostrations are almost unknown.
Maps and driving instructions to reach each of the Kansas historical sites are provided on the individual wildernet pages describing each site.