Happy 150th Birthday Wichita!

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Wichita has a plethora of history and is proud to celebrate as the city turns 150 on July 21st

Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World"

Wichita is the birthplace of Pizza Hut, White Castle fast-food, Taco Tico and Freddy’s Frozen Custard chains

Other national businesses to start in Wichita: Coleman, Hiland Dairy, Rent-A-Center, Chance Rides Manufacturing and Residence Inn

A.A. Hyde discovered Mentholatum in 1894 in the current The Spice Merchant & Company building

 

First electric guitar was played at the Shadowland Ballroom in Wichita by Wichitan Gage Brewer in 1932

The Keeper of the Plains is the 12th tallest statue in the U.S.

Famous Wichitans: Joe Walsh, Kirstie Alley, Don Johnson, Barry Sanders, Lynette Woodard, Hattie McDaniel, Jeff Probst, Jim Lehrer, Darren Dreifort, Antoine Carr, Ann Dunham (Mother of Barack Obama) and many more

Wichita’s official city flag was adopted in 1937. Designed by a local artist from South Wichita Cecil McAlister, it represents freedom, happiness, contentment and home

In 2008, the NAACP recognized Wichita as the site of the first sit-in by African Americans at an all-white lunch counter in August 1958 (Dockum Drug Store Sit-In)

Sources: Wikipedia, Visit Wichita and 360 Wichita

Thank you to these to sponsors for helping to celebrate Wichita's sesquicentennial birthday!

Midwest Sewing & Vacuum Center

DeVaughn James Injury Attorneys

McCurdy Auction

Mid America Exteriors

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The Wichita Wind Surge

Young child found dead in S. Wichita hotel

Young child found dead in S. Wichita hotel

Portion of Rock Road still closed Saturday evening due to shooting

Portion of Rock Road still closed Saturday evening due to shooting

2 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Sedgwick Co. shooting

2 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Sedgwick Co. shooting

Shooting leaves man injured

Shooting leaves man injured

Wichita food truck park offering free parking to help combat inflation, rising gas prices

Wichita food truck park offering free parking to help combat inflation, rising gas prices