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5 Fun Facts About July 7 In Kansas History

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1. Eisenhower Library Dedication - On July 7, 1962, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum was dedicated in Abilene, Kansas. The library and museum serve as a tribute to the 34th President of the United States, who was born and raised in Kansas.

2. Chisholm Trail - July 7 marks the anniversary of the opening of the Chisholm Trail, a trail used for cattle drives from Texas to Kansas in the late 1800s. The trail is named after Jesse Chisholm, a trader and guide who helped establish the route.

3. Prohibition - On July 7, 1881, Kansas became the first state to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages. The state would remain "dry" until 1948, when the Kansas Liquor Control Act was passed, allowing for the sale and regulation of alcoholic beverages.

4. Amelia Earhart - On July 7, 1937, Amelia Earhart embarked on her ill-fated flight attempting to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart, born in Atchison, Kansas, was a pioneering aviator and feminist icon.

5. Wild West Show - On July 7, 1872, the famous Wild West Show, organized by showman William F. Cody (also known as "Buffalo Bill"), made its Kansas debut in Abilene. The show featured dramatic reenactments of western frontier life and helped establish the mythology of the American West.
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