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From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory.The Santa Fe Trail traversed Kansas from 1821 to 1880, transporting manufactured goods from Missouri and silver and furs from Santa Fe, New Mexico.In 1803, most of modern Kansas was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.Southwest Kansas, however, was still a part of Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.He was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature.
The geographic center of Kansas is in Barton County.
Wild Bill Hickok was a deputy marshal at Fort Riley and a marshal at Hays and Abilene.
Dodge City was another wild cowboy town, and both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in the town.
In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." In response to demands of Methodists and other evangelical Protestants, in 1881 Kansas became the first U. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages, which was only repealed in 1948.
Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; Missouri on the east; Oklahoma on the south; and Colorado on the west.
After the Civil War, the population of Kansas grew rapidly when waves of immigrants turned the prairie into farmland.