History & Statehood » Introduction
Before Kansas became the 34th state in the Union, it was a wild, Indian-inhabited world—setting the stage for the legendary backdrop of the Old West. Leading up to Kansas' statehood, it was a hotbed of violence between settlers and Indians, Bushwackers and Jayhawkers, Kansans and Missourians. The excitement continued, even after Kansas became a free state. Dive into the history of Kansas, and discover what an adventure it was to live out the motto "Ad astra per aspera"!