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5 Fun Facts About June 26 In Kansas History

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1. In 1913, the Kansas State Capitol building was completed: After four years of construction, the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka was finally completed on June 26, 1913. The impressive building features a dome that stands 304 feet tall, making it one of the tallest capitol domes in the United States.

2. In 1951, the first fish hatchery opened in Kansas: The Farlington Fish Hatchery in Crawford County opened its doors on June 26, 1951, becoming the first state-run hatchery in Kansas. Today, the hatchery produces millions of fish each year for public fishing in Kansas lakes and rivers.

3. In 1987, the deadliest tornado in Kansas history struck: On June 26, 1987, a massive F5 tornado touched down in rural areas of eastern Kansas, killing 16 people and injuring more than 200 others. The storm was responsible for widespread damage, destroying more than 35 homes and causing over $5 million in property damage.

4. In 1973, the Kansas City Royals played their first game in Royals Stadium: On June 26, 1973, the Kansas City Royals played their first game at Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium). The team defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd of more than 39,000 fans.

5. In 1865, the last Confederate forces in Kansas surrendered: On June 26, 1865, Confederate forces in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) surrendered to Union forces led by General Thomas Ewing Jr. This effectively ended the Civil War in Kansas, which had seen its fair share of conflict and violence during the war years.
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