Topeka Business Signs
Topeka is a city located in the eastern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Kansas. Prior to European incursions, this area had been inhabited since as early as 3,000 B.C. At the time when Europeans first arrived, the Kansa-Osage had become prevalent. Following this, at various times this area was owned by France, then by Spain, then France again, until it was finally bought by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
As for the city of Topeka, Kansas itself, however, it was founded in 1854 as one of the Free-State towns founded by Eastern antislavery men following the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill. The settlers named it ‘Topeka’ after a Kansa-Osage phrase meaning ‘the place where we dug potatoes.’ The settlers said the name was ‘novel, of Indian origin, and euphonious of sound.’ Topeka, Kansas was officially incorporated in 1857.
Today, Topeka is the capital of Kansas. According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Topeka, Kansas has a total population of 126,808 people. This makes it the 215th most populous city in the country. As for the Topeka, Kansas metropolitan area, according to that same 2016 report, it has a population of 233,791 people. This makes it the 193rd most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
Topeka is the capital of Kansas and as such, according to the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the State of Kansas is the city’s largest employer. In fact, the State of Kansas employs 8,400 locals. Other companies with headquarters in and around the city of Topeka, Kansas include Capitol Federal Savings Bank, Collective Brands, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Sports Car Club of America, and Westar Energy.
The most famous landmark within the city of Topeka, Kansas is undoubtedly the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. This site, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was established in order to commemorate the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. This decision, made in 1954, “unanimously declared that ‘separate educational facilities are inherently unequal’ and, as such, violated the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.” Thereafter, educational segregation was considered unconstitutional. The site consists of Monroe Elementary School, which was one of the four segregated elementary schools for African American children in Topeka.
Topeka, Kansas also features the Kansas State Capitol Building, which was built from 1866-1903 in the French Renaissance style. The Kansas State Capitol Building is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Topeka Zoo is also a place of interest as it was the birthplace of the first golden eagle chick hatched in captivity.
Topeka, Kansas is home to two professional sporting franchises. The Topeka RoadRunners, who are a Tier II junior ice hockey team playing in the North American Hockey League, play their home games in Landon Arena. The Topeka Golden Giants, who play in Baseball’s Mid-Plains League, play their home games at Jerry Robertson Field. The Topeka Golden Giants have two league championships to their names, as well as four separate regular-season championships as well.
Do you, by any chance, own a small business in and/or around the Topeka, Kansas area? Have you ever thought about becoming one? The resources listed below may be able to guide you should you choose to embark upon such an epic quest:
Apply for a Business License in Topeka, Kansas:
Topeka, Kansas Small Business Development Center:
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce:
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