Earhart, but not Eisenhower: Favorite Kansans selected

A missing aviator, a priest, a prohibitionist, two inventors, a journalist, a group of soldiers and a husband-wife team who explored the world have been picked as the all-time favorite Kansans.

After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest.Thirteen thousand votes were received online and by paper ballot.

The group includes aviator Amelia Earhart, prohibition crusader Carrie Nation, the Buffalo Soldiers, agricultural scientist George Washington Carver and the inventor of basketball, James Naismith.

The People contest is the last in a series organized by the foundation to encourage travel in Kansas and to educate the public about the architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people of Kansas. The contests began in June 2007.

Some well-known famous Kansans, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, were not eligible for the People contest because he had been selected a winner in one of the previous 8 Wonders contests.

A photo guidebook featuring all 216 entries in the nine 8 Wonders of Kansas contests will be available for purchase next April at a grand opening reception of an 8 Wonders exhibit at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene.

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