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Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the county seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States.

Arts and culture


Topeka is sometimes cited as the home of Pentecostalism as it was the site of Charles Fox Parham's Bethel Bible College, where glossolalia was first claimed as the evidence of a spiritual experience referred to as the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1901. It is also the home of Reverend Charles Sheldon, author of In His Steps, and was the site where the famous question "What would Jesus do?" originated in a sermon of Sheldon's at Central Congregational Church. The First Presbyterian Church in Topeka is one of the very few churches in the U.S. to have its sanctuary completely decorated with Tiffany stained glass (another is St. Luke's United Methodist in Dubuque, Iowa). There is a large Roman Catholic population, and the city is home to eight Roman Catholic parishes. Topeka also has a claim in the history of the Baha'i Faith in Kansas. Not only does the city have the oldest, continuous Baha'i community in Kansas (beginning in 1906), but that community has roots to the first Baha'i community in Kansas, in Enterprise, Kansas in 1897. This was the second Baha'i community in the western hemisphere. The controversial Westboro Baptist Church is also in Topeka.

Points of interest

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Kansas State Capitol, with murals by John Steuart Curry, including the portrait of John Brown towering over "Bleeding Kansas" and the Kansas prairie, and topped with the sculpture of an American Indian named Ad Astra (from the state motto Ad Astra per Aspera, meaning "To the Stars Through Difficulty".)
Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field
Heartland Park Topeka, a major drag racing and road racing course just south of the city.
Kansas Museum of History
Reinisch Rose Garden and Doran Rock Garden, both parts of Gage Park.
Shawnee Heights High School
Topeka High School
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Topeka Zoo, famous as the birthplace of the first Golden Eagle chick hatched in captivity
Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site
Washburn University, the last city-chartered university in the United States.
Washburn Rural High School
Westboro Neighborhood
Potwin Neighborhood, originally its own town, Potwin has now been surrounded by the City of Topeka, though it still maintains its own mayor and traditions, including the Easter brunch and 4 July Parade.
Kansas Judicial Center, where both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the state sit.
Cedar Crest, the Kansas Governor's Mansion located on a hilltop overlooking the massive MacLennan Park.

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