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Myths About Retiring in Kansas

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 06:22 PM

When you think of Kansas, there are probably a number of images that come to mind. These may include "The Wizard of Oz," tornadoes, college basketball, endless fields of wheat, and some of the best barbecue in the nation. While these images are definitely true of Kansas and many of the surrounding states, there are some myths related to the state as well. As such, there are plenty of myths about retirement in Kansas, too. Here is a look at some of those myths and what the truth really is.

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  1. It's Just One Corn and Wheat Field After Another - While corn is one of the Sunflower State's cash crops, wheat is what sets records here. Kansas produced 492.2 million bushels of wheat in 1997, enough to make 35.9 billion loaves of bread. Other top Kansas crops include sorghum and soybeans. Cattle and hogs are also big business here, too.
  2. Winters are Worse in Chicago - People in Kansas will tell you otherwise. According to the National Climatic Data Center, which keeps track of annual average wind speeds, the windiest city in the country is Dodge City, Kansas, with an average speed of 13.9 miles per hour.
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  4. Dorothy and 'The Wizard of Oz' are a Thing of the Past - "The Wizard of Oz' is alive and well in Kansas. In Seward County, you can actually see Dorothy's home at 568 Cedar Street in Liberal, (or at least one that looks just like the house in the movie.) The Land of Oz is behind the house, and you can meet the Cowardly Lion and the Wizard, among others.
  5. You'll Need to Learn the Words to "Home on the Range" - Maybe that's a myth, but you might want to do it anyway. The classic western song, written by Brewster Higley and music by Daniel Kelley, is the state song of Kansas and the unofficial anthem of the American West. As a retiree and official passer-on of history, you should at least be able to hum it.
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When you think of Kansas, there are probably a number of images that come to mind. These may include The Wizard of Oz, tornadoes, college basketball, endless fields of wheat, and some of the best barbecue in the nation.
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