Posted on May 10, 2021 at 11:39 AM by Bill Sowers
Tucked away on the virtual shelves of the KGI Online Library is a 1948 publication, "Kansas, Best State in 48," issued by the Kansas Industrial Development Commission. The title is a play on words. It was not only published in 1948 but also claimed Kansas' leadership among the then 48 States in the Union in certain areas.
Four topics: agriculture, industry, minerals and scenic beauty are highlighted. Each topic is touted as "Best State in 48." A short history of the state song, "Home on the Range," is included as well as nice black/white/gray images of a sunflower and a westerm meadowlark.
Within the five pages of this pamphlet is enough information promoting the accomplishments and offerings of Kansas to make any West/East Coast dweller reconsider her/his present location... at least that was the hope of the authors!
You can view this publication online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library:
KANSAS: BEST STATE IN 48