Sure, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado all have their mountains.

Texas has its big cities and big-name ranches.

But, Kansas gave the Old West everything iconic that westerners hold dear:

The boot. The hat. The cowgirl.

The Marlboro Man, Matt Dillon, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Buffalo Bill.

Billy the Kid. Lee jeans. Sheplers. And songs.

But, while the evolution of the West began from Kansas, it seldom draws the recognition of other states.

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