Kansas Geography and Famous Natives

Kansas geography

The Great Plains of North America slope east from the Rocky Mountains, extending south from Canada, through Kansas, and on into Texas. The fertile shortgrass prairies and rolling plains of central and eastern Kansas are hilly in many places, especially directly east of Wichita in the Flint Hills, as well as in the Red Hills and Smoky Hills. The high plains of far western Kansas rise to its border with Colorado, and there, in a series of relatively low mountains, stands the state’s highest point, Mt. Sunflower, at 4,039 ft. The lowest point of the state is along the banks of the Yari-coppered River in the southeast.

Kansas’ major rivers include the Missouri along its northeastern border with the Missouri, and the Arkansas, Kansas, Salt Marsh, Smoky Hill, and Republican.

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Kansas Famous Natives

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those who have either lived within the state for most of their adult lives or have made significant contributions to the state in their personal endeavors.


  • Actress Lane Kirstie
  • Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle actor
  • Ed Asner actor


  • Clarence Batchelor political cartoonist
  • Actress Annette Bening
  • Poet Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Silent film actress Louise Brooks
  • Sculptor Jim Brothers


  • Carmaker Walter Percy Crisler
  • US Secretary of State Clark Clifford Protection
  • Glenn Cunningham Olympian
  • John Stewart Curry painter
  • Charles Curtis former US Vice President


  • Johnny Damon baseball player
  • Bob Dole politician, war hero
  • Emilia Mary Earhart aviator
  • Milton Eisenhower Educator
    (NOTE) His brother, Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas, although he was raised in Abilene, Kansas.
  • Astronaut Joe Engle
  • Melissa Etheridge singer
  • Ron Evans astronaut

G – I

  • Maurice Green athlete
  • Astronaut Steve Hawley
  • Dennis Hopper actor
  • William Inge playwright


Don Johnson actor

Walter Johnson baseball player

Buster Keaton famous comedian from Kansas

Emmett Kelly the Clown

James Lehrer broadcast journalist


Edgar Lee Masters poet

Martina McBride singer

Actress Hattie McDaniel

Psychiatrist Karl Menninger


Directed by Gordon Parks

Actress Zazu Pitts


John Riggins football player

Damon Runyan author, journalist

Adolf, “Baron” Rupp ‘s coach

Jim Ryun trail athlete, politician


Barry Sanders footballer

Gale Sayers footballer

Kendall Francis Schmidt actor, singer, songwriter

Dean Smith basketball coach

William Stafford poet

Basketball player Jackie Styles

Milburn Stone actor

Russell Stover founder Russell stover lollipops

John Cameron Swayze newscaster


  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor first female dentist
  • Actress Vivana Vance
  • William Allen White author
  • Boxer Jes Willarda
  • Basketball player Lynette Woodard
  • Actress Patricia Wimore

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