Topeka, Kansas is a beautiful capital city located along the Kansas River in the middle part of Shawnee County. The city is located in the North East area of the state of Kansas. Kansas is a state that is located in the central part of the United States. The population in this interesting city is over 120,000. The metropolitan area of Topeka includes the counties of Jackson, Osage, Jefferson, and Wabaunsee.
The definition of Topeka is “a good place to dig potatoes” and the name was first recorded in 1826. The name was chosen from the original settlers because it had an interesting Indian origin and was unique sounding. In 1854 the city was founded as one of the Free State towns by the Eastern antislavery men. The city received its charter in 1857.
Its history includes a landmark US Supreme Court case which declared that racial segregation was unconstitutional in public schools. The U.S. Navy has named three ships after the city. For many centuries this area was inhabited by Native Americans. During the 16th to 18th century the area was claimed by the kingdom of France. However, after the Indian and French war, France gave his territory to Spain by signing the Treaty of Fontainebleau.
The territory was eventually purchased by the United States from France as part of the land package contained in the Louisiana Purchase. The US government purchased 828,000 mi.Â² for the measly cost of 2.8 cents per acre. The area began to be seriously settled in the 1840s when wagon trains made a long trek along the Oregon Trail.
Topeka has a long-established and rich heritage. It has two interesting museums to visit called the Kansas Museum of History and the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field. Other attractions include the Topeka zoo, Cedar Crest Governors Mansion, and the Great Overland Station just to name a few. If you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful city in the future then you should take time to do so.