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Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, USA

"Wichita, a city, capital of Sedgwick co., Kansas, on the left bank of the Arkansas River, at the mouth of the Little Arkansas River, and on the Southwest Branch of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fé Railroad, 27 miles S. of Newton, and 100 miles S.W. of Emporia. It is also a centre of 4 or 5 other railroads. It contains several banks, a number of churches, 4 daily and 11 weekly newspapers, graded schools, glass-factories, flour-mills, planing-mills, woollen-mills, carriage-factories, &c. Near here is a productive vineyard. Natural gas, lime, and oil are also found. The census of 1890 gives the capital invested in the industries of Wichita at $2,830,029, and the value of the product at $4,719,336. Pop. in 1880, 4911; in 1890, 23,853."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Mount Carmel Academy

"Mt. Carmel Academy was a Catholic school erected in the late 1800s by William Henry Sternberg. Most of the complex was torn down in the 1970s by a commercial developer to build an apartment complex (Mt. Carmel Village)... Read MORE...

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Allis Hotel

Demolished December 23, 1996

"When the Allis Hotel was completed in 1930, its 17 stories made it the tallest building in Kansas, and it remained so for many years. The Allis’s art deco design was patterned after New York City’s... Read MORE...
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History and News of Wichita, Kansas, USA

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  • 1870 - Wichita, Kansas founded
  • News  1884 - Wichita Fires
    Wichita, Kan., May 3. - Kirby Chapel, belonging to the Methodist denomination of this city, burned last night. Fire has also been kindled at the base ... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - December 27 - Carrie Nation's 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)
  • News  1901 - MILLION DOLLAR FIRE.
    WICHITA, Kan., July 16. - The packing plant of Jacob & Sons, of this city, was destroyed by fire today. There were four large buildings. It is estimat... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - FOUR DROWNED IN KANSAS. Streams Are Out of Banks and Rain is Still Falling.
    WICHITA, Kas., June 1 - One more was added to the list of flood victims here today, making four in all who have drowned. Benjamin white is missing and... Read MORE...

  • 1910 - City of Wichita

    The ardent friends of Wichita are those who live within its borders; those who sojourn away from it long to re... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - THREE KILLED IN A WRECK. Harvest Hands Stealing Ride in an Accident.
    WICHITA, Kas., June 23. - Three men were killed and ten were injured in the wreck of an extra St. Louis & San Francisco freight train just east of her... Read MORE...

    Wichita, Kan., April 2. - The Lyceum theater was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. The loss was $100,000. Members of a stock company playing at t... Read MORE...

  • 1919 - First airplane factory in Kansas was built in Wichita, which became one of the nation's top plane manufacturing cities. resources/ state-facts/ kansas.html
  • News  1921 - September 13 – White Castle hamburger restaurant opens in Wichita, Kansas, the foundation of the world's first fast food chain.
    September 13, 1921
  • News  1923 - Tornado
    Wichita., Kan., May 23. - . . . When the storm struck Wichita three persons were seriously injured and a dozen bruised. . . .
    Mrs. Charles Minor, 70,...

  • 1941 - June 14 - Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) Wichita KS
  • News  1951 - June 24 - Twelve inches of hail broke windows and roofs, and dented automobiles, causing more than fourteen million dollars damage.
    The storm plowed 200 miles from Kingmand County KS into Missouri, with the Wichita area hardest hit. It was the most disastrous hailstorm of record fo... Read MORE...

  • 1953 - July 1 - KTVH TV channel 12 in Hutchinson-Wichita, KS (CBS) begins
  • News  1954 - June 21 - A severe hailstorm struck Wichita KS and vicinity causing nine million dollars damage.
    The Weather Channel
    June 21, 1954

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