Topeka is a center of agriculture, manufacturing, and shipping for Kansas, and some manufactured products of the city are rubber, shoes, cellophane, and food-processing. There are also several publishing and insurance companies in Topeka, helping diversify the economy and creating more work for Topeka movers.
Topeka was originally a stop next to the Kansas River for settlers headed for the west in the 1840's. In the 1850's, a military post was built around the site and steamboats traveling along the river used it as a trading stop. Topeka was soon a bustling commercial area. The city was officially incorporated in 1857. The growth of the region slowed during the Civil War, but quickly picked up afterwards. In the next decade, railroads reached the city and many city buildings were constructed. Linda Brown, of the Brown v. Board of Education, resided in Topeka which helped integrate public schools. A major tornado hit the city in 1966 which caused severe damage in parts of the city and is listed as one of the most damaging tornados in U.S. history.
Forbes Field Airport is located seven miles outside of the city. There are several minor-league and collegiate sports teams in the Topeka area. Museums of the city include the state historical society museum and the Mulvane Art Museum. Other attractions of Topeka are the state library, the capitol building, and a large collection of parks.