Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas State Symbols Spotted in Downtown Topeka

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas State Symbols Spotted in Downtown Topeka

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Students curious about the state amphibian and flying fossil -- the barred tiger salamander and the pteranodon, respectively -- can find representations of both along S. Kansas Avenue.

Along the avenue, 11 medallions featuring state symbols are set into grassy areas near the sidewalk. They are the most recent addition to the public art installed along the revitalized downtown corridor.

"When we started this downtown project, we wanted it to be educational," Vince Frye, president of Downtown Topeka Inc., said at a dedication Wednesday.

Frye, standing at the corner of 9th and S. Kansas Avenue with the Statehouse behind him, said he hoped the medallions would tie the city to the Capitol and provide an attraction for students visiting from across the state.

"Every year, 25,000 students come to this city in yellow buses," said Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast, a former teacher. "What a perfect exercise it would be to come down here for a scavenger hunt. …

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