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There’s no place in Kansas like Southeast Kansas

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Download and print the coloring book,
Gus the Gorilla explores Southeast Kansas!
(PDF – 109MB – 48 pages total)

What our area is known for

The nation’s only collegiate gorilla mascot

The nation’s only collegiate gorilla mascot

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The nation’s only collegiate gorilla is a symbol of our community pride and perseverance.
Our Story

Our Story

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Southeast Kansas once looked and acted like the rest of the state, with prairies and farms as far as the eye could see. The search for coal changed everything.
Habitat unique in Kansas

Habitat unique in Kansas

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This corner of the state was once primarily rolling fields of prairie grasses with wooded areas only along creeks, sitting on the edge of the Ozark Plateau.
Big Brutus

Big Brutus

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The world’s largest surviving electric shovel sits just across the county line.