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Page Contents for Topeka, Kansas

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of Topeka is approximately 126,536 (1999), 127473 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 54,664 (1990), 53943 (2010).
The amount of land area in Topeka is 142.87 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 2.52 sq kilometers.
The distance from Topeka to Washington DC is 1059 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is miles. (as the crow flies)
Topeka is positioned 39.03 degrees north of the equator and 95.69 degrees west of the prime meridian.
The city tree is the Cottonwood.
The city bird is the Western Meadowlark.
Topeka average annual precipitation is 33 inches peryear.
Topeka average annual snowfall is 21 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 26 (January) degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 54 (April) degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78 (July) degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 57 (October) degrees F.


near the geographic center of the United States in northeast Kansas. Here is a map page for Topeka.
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seasonal. Dial 785-233-6471 for local time and temperature.
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History & History Related Items

Kansas History Center
6425 SW 6th
Topeka, Kansas 66615
Phone: 785-272-8681
FAX: 785-272-8682
You are "living history" when you wander through the Kansas History Center.

Leaving Lawrence, Kansas, nine men made a winter's trek to a small log cabin on the banks of the kansas River on December 5, 1854. These men were to found the eventual capital of the state.
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Check out this City Photo Album for great shots of Topeka and the area.

Thunder Hill Speedway - just 14 miles north of Topeka
Business Office:
3259 Edwards Road
Effingham, Kansas 66023
Phone: 913-833-2547
FAX: 913-833-2486

Cedar Crest Governor's Mansion
One SW Cedar Crest Road
Topeka, Kansas 66606
Phone: 785-296-3636

Kansas State Capitol Complex
10th and Jackson
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Phone: 785-296-3966

Topeka Zoo
635 Gage Boulevard
Topeka, Kansas 66606
Phone: 785-272-5821
Featuring: the Gorilla Encounter, Lions Pride, Pachyderm Exhibit, Hill's Black Bear Woods, Tropical Rain Forest and much more. Please call for hours of operation.

Historic Ward-Meade Park
124 N.W. Fillmore
Topeka, Kansas
Phone; 785-368-3888
If you ever wondered what it would be like to live in Kansas during Territorial days, then this is the park for you. A six acre historic park, the focal point is a huge Victorian mansion with 2 1/2 acres of botanical gardens. Among other things to see and do at the park is a re-constructed circa 1854 log cabin and the Prairie Crossings Town Square. The square ia a replica of a prairie crossroads town which is ever growing.

Combat Air Museum
Hanger 602, Forbes Field
Phone: 785-862-3303
This museum is dedicated to the preservation of the military aviation heritage of Kansas and the US. About 30 aircraft are on display with other displays also. Please call for hours of operation and admission fees.

Curtis House
1101 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas
Phone: 785-357-1371
This was the home of Charles Curtis who was a vice president of the USA under Herbert Hoover from 1929 to 1933. He was the only Native American to serve in the vice presidency. To schedule tours, please call the Topeka CVB at 800-235-1030

Gage Park
635 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, Kansas
Phone: 785-368-3700
This is a 160 acre park with many attractions, including the Gage Park Mini-Train and Carousel in the park, the Reinisch Rose Garden, the Helen Hocker Theatre, many recreational facilities and much more. Please call for hours of operation and any fees.

Kansas National Guard Museum
Forbes Field
6700 SW Topeka Blvd, Building 301
Topeka, Kansas
Phone: 785-862-1020
Films about the Kansas National Guard are shown daily. Please call for appointments for guided tours.

Menninger Exhibits
5800 SW 6th
Topeka, Kansas
Phone: 785-273-7500
The reception area of the Tower building, designed like the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, has exhibits of the history of the mental health profession and more. There is also an area about the family history of founder, Dr. Karl menninger. Please call for hours of operation.

Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka
4013 SW 21st
Topeka, Kansas
Phone: 785-271-0190
Please call for details, including schedules, performances and reservations.

The Topeka Symphony
727 S. Kansas Ave.
Topeka, Kansas
Phone: 785-232-2032
The symphony has entertained listeners for over 50 years. With over 80 musicians, the symphony offers a variety of concerts each season.
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Topeka City Government

The City of Topeka

Topeka has a Strong Mayor-City Council-Chief Administrative Officer form of government


Shawnee County Courthouse
200 S.E. 7th
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 913-233-8200

Topeka Chamber

Topeka Chamber of Commerce
120 SE 6th Ave # 110
Topeka, KS 66603-3515
Phone: 785-234-2644
email at:

Topeka Community Events

Festivals and Special Events throughout the year in Topeka.

Topeka Organizations

Topeka Chamber of Commerce
120 SE 6th Ave # 110
Topeka, KS 66603-3515
Phone: 785-234-2644
email at:

Topeka Libraries

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66604
Phone: 785-233-2040
FAX: 785-233-2055

Topeka Schools

Washburn University
1700 SW College
Topeka, Kansas 66621
Phone: 785-231-1010 Topeka


The population of Topeka was:
1990 - 119,883
1998 - 119,658
1999 - 126,536

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