Wichita Kansas History
Wichita turns 150 this month, and a century and a half after its founding, there is much to unpack. From Cowtown to Lebanese aviation, the history of West Wichita is complex and has changed over the years. We look back at some of the most important events in the history of the city and some interesting tidbits from the past.
The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency that actively protects and shares the history of our state. We have historical references and source material for each county, and Wichita Country Club is distinguished by a quality that is unparalleled anywhere in Kansas. Since its inception, no other association in this state has produced such a rich history of its members and memberships.
It opened in 1894, originally for two years in Wichita, and in 1920 the growing demand for state-certified teachers led to the opening of Kansas State School for the Blind and Deaf in Kansas City, Kansas.
The store was an important part of West Wichita until it was closed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroads. In 1893 he went to Westphalia, KS, and in 1902 he had come as far as Wichita, Kansas.
The diverse aviation industry established Wichita as the aviation capital of the world as it became a test center for new aviation. In 1954, the Civil Aviation Service moved to what is now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. Today Wichita is Kansas' largest city, filled with a variety of restaurants, shops, hotels, bars, theaters and venues.
The interactive museum offers a glimpse of what Wichita would have been like in its early days as a cowtown. Wichita Castle, a replica of the original Wichita Castle, was founded under the auspices of a Missouri Pacific railroad company and a duplicate shop was established to build the castle. This company rented the building, as well as other downtown buildings, to Kansas City, Kansas City City City.
Wichita has come a long way to grow and is now recognized as one of the largest cities in the United States with a population of more than 2.5 million people.
West Wichita became a booming community after the Chisholm Trail ended in 1872. By 1890 Wichita, with a population of nearly 24,000, was the second largest city in the United States after New York City and one of only four cities in Kansas with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. In the 1890s, it was the third most populous city on the US West Coast, behind New Orleans and Los Angeles, both with over 2 million inhabitants.
West Wichita was completely bypassed and relied on Wichita's papers to cover the area, which in turn spread a picture of its hooliganism and Wichita's. S. S., London. While the rest of Wichita prospered in the 1940s, the fate of the West Wichita remained in doubt despite the Wichita Air Factory. With an average cost of more than $1,000 per square foot, it became one of the most expensive cities in Kansas to build apartments.
Several factors led to the decline, including the Midland Valley Railroad, which filed for bankruptcy in 1931. Wichita experienced ups and downs, but the boom of the 1880s led to a high school for students, Wichita High School and West Wichita Air Factory.
Entrepreneurship in Wichita led to the creation of the Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship, the first academic center for entrepreneurship research and support. The entrepreneurial spirit in Kansas City, Kan. in the 1930s and 1940s that led to the creation of the world's second largest university.
Friends University was officially founded in 1898, but its history dates back to the mid-1880s, when the Christian churches of Kansas began to build a building in western Wichita that would offer more floor space under one roof. The Kansas Geological Survey found Folkers Farm began new drilling activities after Wichita Oil and Gas failed. It took years for business acumen to take hold, but the latest discovery near Wichita revealed a vast field in the middle of the continent.
Although it is not the largest museum in Wichita, the Kansas African American Museum is worth a visit. In 2018, the museum became part of the Kansas African American History Trail, which marks a key landmark in the state.
On your next visit, don't miss these five ways to experience the unique history of Wichita, Kansas. This map from 1887 provides details of Wichita's history from the city's beginnings to the present day.
After the West Wichita post office was closed on January 14, 1876, it was moved to its current location on North Main Street. In June 1929, construction began on the Wichita Post Office, the first of its kind in the United States.