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Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Where is Wichita, Kansas, USA? 

Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, USA

The city began as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860s, then was incorporated in 1870. It subsequently became a key destination for cattle drives traveling north from Texas to access railroads, earning it the nickname "Cowtown"...wikipedia

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Wichita, Kansas, USA - Mount Carmel Academy
Wichita, Kansas, USA

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... Read MORE...
Wichita, Kansas, USA - Y. M. C. A.
Wichita, Kansas, USA

Y. M. C. A.
Wichita, Kansas, USA - Allis Hotel

Demolished December 23, 1996
Wichita, Kansas, USA

Allis Hotel

Demolished December 23, 1996

"When the Allis Hotel was completed in 1930, its 17 stories made it the tallest building in Kansas,... Read MORE...

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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...Read MORE...

1900 - December 27 - Carrie Nation's 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita KS)
WICHITA, Kan., July 16. - The packing plant of Jacob & Sons, of this city, was destroyed by fire...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...Read MORE...

1910 - City of Wichita

The ardent friends of Wichita are those who live within its ...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....Read MORE...

Wichita, Kan., April 2. - The Lyceum theater was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. The loss...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...Read MORE...

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...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

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Dott L FOX (17 July 1886, Wichita, Kansas, USA - 1918, ) gravestone

Ancestors Who Died Here

  Reina E HAAG (1877, - 9 February 1955, Wichita, Kansas, USA) gravestone

flag  Sherrol SELFRIDGE (March 1, 1933, Liberal, Kansas, USA - July 1, 2016, Wichita, Kansas, USA)

flag  Luther Little SMITH (November 1869, , New York, USA - 12 October 1946, Wichita, Kansas, USA) gravestone

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