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Wichita has lively, interesting – even rowdy – past

This view of Main Street, looking north from Douglas, is circa 1870.
This view of Main Street, looking north from Douglas, is circa 1870. Courtesy of Wichita State University Libraries

Wichita does not look a day over 144.

Sure, there may be a few streets that sag here and there – but overall, the old girl is holding up.

When Wichita’s first plats were drawn up by William Greiffenstein and Darius Munger in the spring of 1870, brown wrapping paper was used to mark the young town’s beginnings because Greiffenstein – known as “the father of Wichita” – was in a hurry to get things done.

No local newspaper recorded the event until much later, because there wasn’t a Wichita paper then.

But even in 1870, Wichita was beginning to show signs of a growing community. That still exists today.

In honor of the birthday girl, here are some facts about Wichita.























































































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