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Topeka, Kansas, USA

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Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, USA

The name Topeka is a Kansa-Osage sentence that means "place where we dug potatoes", or "a good place to dig potatoes". As a placename, Topeka was first recorded in 1826 as the Kansa name for what is now called the Kansas River. Topeka's founders chose the name in 1855 because it "was novel, of Indian origin and euphonious of sound." The mixed-blood Kansa Native American, Joseph James, called Jojim, is credited with suggesting the name of Topeka. The city, laid out in 1854, was one of the Free-State towns founded by Eastern antislavery men immediately after the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Bill. In 1857, Topeka was chartered as a city...wikipedia

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Topeka, Kansas, USA - Kansas Ave., looking South from Fifth Street
Topeka, Kansas, USA

Kansas Ave., looking South from Fifth Street
Topeka, Kansas, USA - Court House
Topeka, Kansas, USA

Court House
Topeka, Kansas, USA - The Home of the Topeka Daily Capital, Arthur Capper, Publisher
Topeka, Kansas, USA

The Home of the Topeka Daily Capital, Arthur Capper, Publisher

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1860 - July 9 - Temperature hits 115°F in Ft Scott & 112°F in Topeka Kansas
News  1888 - A large number of unopened registered packages were stolen from the post-office at Topeka, Kan., on the 31st ult. All the clerks were decoyed from the building by a fire alarm.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
November 3, 1888
News  1889 - BIG BLAZE AT TOPEKA. Property Worth About $275,000 Destroyed - Small Firms at Other Points.
TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 22. - Special Telegram - This city was this morning, visited by the most...Read MORE...

1891 - March 10 - Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.
News  1897 - June 24 - Hail injures 26 in Topeka Kansas
June 24, 1897
News  1903 - Flood - Losses Exaggerated.
Topeka, June 2. - While it is known that 34 people lost their lives by the flood, reports of other...Read MORE...

1905 - City of Topeka
The Beginning of the City of Topeka
The fathers of the city of Topeka were Cyrus K. Holliday, Fry...Read MORE...

News  1909 - RESCUE MANY IN HOTEL FIRE. State Senator STEWART Drops Guests from Windows - I. E. LAMBERT Perishes.
Topeka, Kan., Jan. 14 - The body of ISAAC E. LAMBERT, an Emporia attorney and politician, was found ...Read MORE...

1909 - September 6-7 - Topeka, KS, was drenched with 8.08 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a record for that location.

The Weather Channel
Topeka, Kan., July 4. - Two men, one an involuntary passenger, had a narrow escape from death when...Read MORE...

News  1917 - June 5 - Residents near Topeka KS reported disk-shaped hailstones six to ten inches in diameter, and two to three inches thick. The hailstorm was accompanied by a tornado.

The Weather Channel
June 5, 1917
Topeka, Kan., Dec. 26. - (UP) - When a five-room bungalow was hurled into the air and scattered...Read MORE...

1931 - January 5 - 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
1953 - November 15 - WIBW TV channel 13 in Topeka, KS (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1954 - May 17 - Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 "separate but equal" Plessy Vs Ferguson decision
News  1966 - June 8 - Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
June 8, 1966

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Majorie Alice SHUSTER (23 December 1934, Topeka, Kansas, USA - 8 May 2008, Gardner, Massachusetts, USA)

Smith - Maxwell
flag  Lorraine SMITH - MAXWELL (09 November 1916, Topeka, Kansas, USA - 18 December 2006, Sacramento, California, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

flag  David Nicholas PENNINGTON (19 June 1848, Schyler Co, Illinois, USA - 13 October 1913, Topeka, Kansas, USA) gravestone

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