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Topeka Travel Guide: 66 reviews and 156 photos

Topeka was founded in 1854 as a Free State town. The name comes from the Kansa language meaning “to dig good potatoes” and sounded to the original town planners like a good name to call a town. One of the original town men was Cyrus K. Holliday who found the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad as well as become mayor of Topeka. His gift of 20 acres for the site of a Capitol was a factor in the eventual decision to choose Topeka as the capital of the new State of Kansas in 1861 – Topeka beat out Lawrence 7,996 votes to 5,291. It was to see the building that was built on Holliday’s land that brought me to Topeka.

  • Last visit to Topeka: Oct 2009
  • Intro Written Nov 3, 2009
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Great stories about the art works in the Capitol building, from the nude telephone girls in the Rotunda to the Kansa warrior on top of the dome instead of immoral Ceres.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Was hoping for a brewpub tip or two but gotta love the heartlands even without. That's what I gotta drive through to get to your part of paradise.

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Graffiti on the capitol dome? Might we see "mtncorg was here" if we took the tour?

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