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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Kansas History

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1. On September 6, 1803, the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached an area near what is now Kansas City, Kansas. They named the area "Point of Rocks" due to the rocky bluffs along the Missouri River.

2. In 1861, the first Kansas regiment was mustered into service during the Civil War. The regiment, made up of mostly abolitionist Kansans, would go on to play a significant role in the war effort.

3. On September 6, 1870, the first black state senator in Kansas, Robert Nelson, was elected. Nelson served in the Kansas Senate from 1871-1873 and was a vocal advocate for civil rights.

4. In 1905, the first airplane flight in Kansas history was made by Walter Brookins. He flew a Wright Flyer biplane for a distance of one mile near the town of Winfield.

5. On September 6, 1994, the world's largest ball of twine was moved to Cawker City, Kansas. The ball of twine, which weighs over 17,000 pounds, was started by a local farmer in 1953 and has been added to continuously since then. It is now a popular tourist attraction in the state.
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