Topeka, KS: What you need to know
Located on the Kansas River, near the center of Shawnee County, Topeka provides its residents with an assortment of attractions, a stable economy, great schools and good health care. As the capital of Kansas, Topeka's top employer is state government, which provides jobs to about 8,400 people. Home to a variety of cultural institutions, Topeka's Combat Air Museum, the Topeka Zoo and the Kansas Children's Discovery Center draw thousands of visitors each year. Washburn University sports teams give Topeka residents plenty to cheer about. Downtown Topeka is filled with restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that host musical acts and live theater. Great Overland Station, a former railroad stop, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and along with Riverfront Park and the city's historic arts and entertainment district demonstrates the the city's commitment to historic preservation. Topeka's connection to the Civil Rights Movement includes the site of the famous Brown v Board of Education case, which ended segregation in public schools.