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Topeka: A Historical Destination

Topeka is the capital city of Kansas and the fifth-largest city in the state. Once home to many tribes of Native Americans, Topeka was officially organized in 1854, shortly following the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill. The name of the city speaks to both the area’s rich Native American influences and the fertile lands, translating to “a good place to dig potatoes.” However, this Midwestern municipality is home to more than starchy vegetables. Topeka is recognized as the birthplace of the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, which overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson and declared racial segregation in schools an unconstitutional practice. Today, there is a designated memorial site which pays tribute to the case. Topeka residents are also served by the Topeka Zoo, the Kansas Museum of History, Combat Air Museum, and Mulvane Art Museum. Topeka enjoys a declining crime rate and several opportunities for employment. Though the largest employer in the city is the State of Kansas, Topeka is also home to a handful of nationally recognized corporate offices, including Capitol Federal Savings Bank, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Sports Car Club of America, and Westar Energy.