Friday, July 20, 2012

Road Tripping: Topeka, Kansas

The only tires-on-pavement road trip I've taken this summer is to Topeka, Kansas, which is about a 9 hour drive from my house. On the way home, I realized that although I've been there many times to visit family, I don't know much about the place. In case you don't either, here are five Friday facts about Topeka:

Topeka's Capitol Dome
Topeka means "a good place to dig potatoes" in the language of the Kansa and Ioway Native Americans;

Cedar Crest, the Kansas Governor's Residence in Topeka, is the smallest occupied governor's home but sits on the largest piece of property at 244 acres;

Topeka's Washburn University is the only municipally-owned university in the country;

Lake Shawnee in southeast Topeka is the location of the only fully-staked 400-meter dash rowing course in the world and hosts the annual Great Plains Rowing Championships; and

According to Weird Facts, it is forbidden and/or illegal in Topeka to: drive one's car through a parade, sing the alphabet on the streets at night, have a snowball fight, spit on the sidewalk, own a pit bull, scream at a haunted house, haul a dead chicken across Kansas Avenue, drive cattle through the streets, or install a bathtub.

Now it's time for me to get crackin' on my A to Z Road Trip. I hope to start at #1 and make it through the entire list, including all the random blogs I've already visited. Maybe we'll bump into each other on the information highway!


lizy-expat-writer said...

Illegal to install a bathtub? who thought that one up - a bathhouse owner?

Jenny said...

I wish I knew!