Happy birthday, Kansas

“Kansas as a paradise has her failings,” wrote Eagle founder Marshall Murdock on a windy day in April 1880, describing “dust, grit and sand everywhere in your victuals, up your nose, down your back, between your toes.” But on this Kansas Day, we recall with pride that Kansas entered the Union as a free state on Jan. 29, 1861, and we stand back in admiration and awe not only of Kansas’ rich heritage but also its impressive present and promising future. Happy birthday, Kansas.