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Topeka sits in the quirky state of Kansas where you can't use a mule to hunt ducks, it is illegal to sing the alphabet on the streets at night and despite having no coastline in sight, it is illegal to hunt whales. In the Shawnee County, Topeka sits on the Kansas River and dates back to 1854. Apparently it was "a good place to dig potatoes", as its name is a Kansa-Osage sentence and was chosen for its Indian origin and euphonious sound. Famous for the landmark Supreme Court case declaring racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional, there have been 3 ships in the United States Army named after the city.
You will find a small historical park, Ward-Meade Park, sitting on a bluff overlooking the Kansas River where once upon a time wagon trains would prepare to cross the river on their way west to Oregon. Plenty of roses to admire can be found at the Reinisch Rose Garden in Gage Park. The State Historical Museum traces the history of the area from prehistoric indigenous tribes, including a log cabin and a 19th Century train to explore. There are beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows to gawk at when you visit the First Presbyterian Church dating from 1911 with a sanctuary dating back to 1884. If you love trains, then you should head to the Great Overland Station, a railroad museum in the Union Pacific Railroad passenger terminal. The arty types should check out the Rotunda Art and read up on its eclectic history. You can take a tour around the State Capitol Building or the 12 room French-Norman mansion built in 1928, "Cedar Crest".
When in Topeka just remember you are a sitting duck for being hit by a tornado, as Kansas ranks second in the national average for annual tornadoes.
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