Topeka, the capitol of Kansas, can be found near the geographic center of the United States, and is the third largest city in Kansas. Topeka has the distinction of being a recreation, leisure activities, shopping, education, and medical services hub for the northeastern corner of the state.

Land Area: City of Topeka-57.6 square miles; Shawnee County-552.3 square miles.

Altitude: 971 feet above sea level

Population: City of Topeka-120,300; Shawnee County-165,700 (July 1996 Estimate)

Neighbors: Lawrence-20 Miles east, home of the University of Kansas; Kansas City-60 Miles east. Manhattan-60 Miles west, home of Kansas State University

Climate: Four distinct seasons, with average temperatures of: October, 57 degrees; January, 26 degrees; April, 54 degrees; July, 78 degrees. Annual average precipitation: Snowfall, 21 inches; rainfall, 33 inches

Lodging: There are approximately 2,500 rooms. There are eight bed and breakfast facilities.

Transportation: Air: Forbes Field (served by USAir); Billard Airport (general aviation). Train: Amtrak Service. Bus: Topeka Transit (city); Greyhound-Trailways Lines (inter-city). Highways: Interstate 70 and 470; U.S. 24 and 75; State 4.

Major Industries: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company; Frito-Lay, Inc.; Jostens Printing and Publishing; Hallmark Cards, Inc.; Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.; Heinz Pet Products; Adams Business Form; Ohse Foods, Inc.; Reser's Fine Foods, Inc.; Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Stormont-Vail HealthCare; St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Affairs Medical Center; The Menniger Foundation; Payless ShoeSource.

Area Universities: Washburn University, Topeka; University of Kansas, Lawrence; Kansas State University, Manhattan; Emporia State University, Emporia.

Libraries: The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library; Kansas State Library; Kansas Supreme Court Law Library; Washburn University Mabee Library and Law Library; Kansas Historical Center library; Menniger Library; the Topeka Genealogical Library.

Churches: There are over 200 churches in Topeka/Shawnee county.

Famous People: Drs. Karl A. and Will Menniger, co-founders of the Menniger Clinic; Charles Curtis, vice-president of the United States under President Herbert Hoover (only Native American to hold that office); Cyrus K. Holliday, city founder, mayor, and first president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
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