Topeka (Images of America)

October 31, 2020
Topeka (Images of America)

The city of Topeka was founded on December 5, 1854, by nine menwho made camp by the Kansas River at what is today the intersectionof First and Kansas Avenues.During Kansas's territorial days, Topeka played a leading rolein the Free State movement. In 1858, Topeka was voted the ShawneeCounty seat, and in 1859 secured the position of state capital atthe final constitutional convention, which took effect when Kansasachieved statehood in 1861. In the century and a half thatfollowed, Topeka grew as America grew, developing a rich history.Now home to 125,000 citizens, Topeka has become one of the leadingmetropolitan cities in the Midwest.Images of America: Topeka celebrates the city's historyin photographs, drawing on the vast photographic collection of theKansas State Historical Society as well as other private and publiccollections.