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5 Fun Facts About December 30 In Kansas History

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1. On December 30, 1914, just two years after its construction, the historic Kansas State Capitol in Topeka suffered a devastating fire that destroyed the entire dome and roof. The cause of the fire is still unknown, but it resulted in extensive damage that took over a decade to repair.

2. In 1865, the Cherokee Nation signed a treaty with the United States government that included the sale of certain lands in Kansas. This agreement, known as the Treaty of Washington, ceded over 800,000 acres of land to the federal government and resulted in the forced removal of thousands of Cherokee people to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).

3. December 30, 1932, marked the formation of the Kansas Farm Bureau, a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting agriculture and rural life in the state. Today, the KFB boasts over 25,000 members and is one of the largest and most influential agricultural advocacy groups in the country.

4. On this date in 1974, the historic Hotel Broadview in Wichita closed its doors after nearly 70 years in operation. First opened in 1918, the hotel was a popular destination for travelers and celebrities alike, hosting luminaries such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, and Bob Hope.

5. December 30, 2005, saw the opening of the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park. Housed in a renovated former school building, the center now serves as a hub for community arts and culture, offering a wide range of programs and exhibits for visitors of all ages.
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