For thousands of years what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the Eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the Western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in the 1830s, but the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery issue.
The western two-thirds of the state, lying in the great central plain of the United States, has a generally flat or undulating surface, while the eastern third has many hills and forests. The land gradually rises from east to west; its altitude ranges from 684 ft along the Verdigris River at Coffeyville in Montgomery County, to 4,039 ft at Mount Sunflower, one half mile from the Colorado border, in Wallace County.
Is golf your fore-te? If so, Kansas is the place to be during golf season. Whether your ideal game includes a relaxing front nine or a competitive tournament, you'll have a ball at one of the state's beautiful golf courses.