Wichita, Kansas

Wichita is located in the south central part of Kansas.

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Wichita is the largest city in Kansas with a population of 382,368 residents (2010).

About Wichita

Cowtown. The Air Capital of America. Wichita is a 3-time All-American City award-winner. The city has more than 250 days of sunshine a year. Old Town is Wichita's premiere entertainment district.

To See And To Do In Wichita

Wichita Art Museum

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Mid-America All-Indian Center

Exploration Place Science Museum

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

The Great Plains Transportation Museum

Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum

Sand Creek Station Golf Course


History Of Wichita

The Wichita area was visited by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado in 1541. He encountered a group of Indians who have been identified by archeological and historical studies as Wichita Indians. The first white settlers came to the area around 1850. They hunted and traded with the native population. In 1864, J. R. Mead became the first settler to open a trading post on the site of Wichita. In 1867, the native people were removed and more white settlers now arrived.

In 1870, Wichita was officially incorporated as a village. In 1872, the railroad arrived and the daily newspaper "The Wichita Eagle" was published. In 1875, Wyatt Earp joined the Wichita marshal's office. In 1886, Wichita was incorporated as a city and in 1888, the original City Hall building was completed. (Todays Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum). In 1895, Wichita State University in was founded as Fairmount College.

Wichita reached national fame in 1900 when Woman's Christian Temperance Union member Carrie Nation decided to carry her crusade against alcohol to Wichita. In 1914, oil was discovered and Wichita became a major oil center. In 1917, the first plane, the Cessna Comet, was manufactured in Wichita. In the 1920s and early 1930s, the aircraft corporations Stearman, Cessna, Mooney and Beech were founded in Wichita.

In 1951, the actress and comedian Kirstie Alley was born in the city. In 1958, Pizza Hut was founded in the city by the Carney brothers, Dan and Frank. In 1971, the Sedgwick County Zoo opened. In 1974, the Keeper of the Plains sculpture was completed. In 1975, the two-story shopping mall "Towne East Square" opened. In 1989, the Epic Center building was completed. In 2010, the 15,004-seat multi-purpose arena "Intrust Bank Arena" opened.

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