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50 Fun Facts About Wichita

  • Wichita, known as the "Air Capital of the World,” is home to many world-class aviation manufacturers.
  • Wichita is the largest city in Kansas by population.
  • The Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot steel sculpture by Native American artist Blackbear Bosin, stands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers in Wichita.
  • Wichita began as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail.
  • The city's name, "Wichita," comes from the original Native American tribe.
  • Wichita is home to the Sedgwick County Zoo, one of the largest in the U.S.
  • Bill Lear, inventor of the Learjet, founded Learjet Corporation in Wichita in the early 1960s, revolutionizing aviation with innovative designs.
  • Pizza Hut, one of the largest pizza chains, was founded in Wichita in 1958.
  • White Castle restaurant was founded in Wichita in 1921.
  • Mentholatum was discovered in Wichita in 1894, in a building that now houses The Spice Merchant & Company.
  • Exploration Place, a science and discovery center, is along the Arkansas River in Wichita.
  • In the 1880s, Wichita was the fastest-growing city in the U.S.
  • Wichita hosted the first organized sit-in at the Dockum Drug Store in 1958 to end segregation.
  • Wichita hosts the annual Riverfest, a nine-day festival with concerts, food vendors, and activities.
  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is Kansas' largest airport.
  • Wichita State University is the third-largest university in Kansas.
  • The Old Town district features historic brick buildings converted into restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues.
  • The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is the largest in Kansas.
  • The Wichita Art Museum houses an impressive collection of American art, including works by Mary Cassatt, Kehinde Wiley, and Edward Hopper.
  • The Wichita Riverwalk is a scenic path along the Arkansas River for walking, jogging, and biking.
  • The Kansas Aviation Museum, in an historic airport terminal, showcases the state's aviation history.
  • Wichita boasts a diverse culinary scene with a variety of international cuisines.
  • The annual Wichita Asian Festival celebrates Asian culture with food, performances, and exhibits.
  • Wichita is home to several craft breweries, including Central Standard Brewing and Wichita Brewing Company.
  • INTRUST Bank Arena is a multi-purpose venue in downtown Wichita for concerts, sports, and conventions.
  • The Great Plains Transportation Museum in Wichita preserves regional railroad history.
  • The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita honors state athletes and coaches.
  • The Douglas Design District is known for its eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and restaurants.
  • Botanica Wichita is a botanical garden with themed gardens, sculptures, and events.
  • The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University showcases contemporary and modern art.
  • Wichita hosts several annual film festivals, including the Tallgrass Film Festival and the Wichita Asian Film Festival.
  • The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita celebrates the contributions of African Americans in the state.
  • The Wichita Thunder is a professional ice hockey team based in the city.
  • Wichita is known for its vibrant mural art scene with many murals adorning buildings.
  • The Wichita Public Library system offers numerous resources and programs across its branches.
  • The Mid-America All-Indian Center showcases the history and culture of Native American tribes in the region.
  • Barry Sanders, born in Wichita, is a former NFL running back considered one of the greatest, winning the Heisman Trophy during college.
  • Wichita's Douglas Avenue is part of historic U.S. Route 66, featuring nostalgic landmarks and attractions.
  • The Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita is a living history museum depicting 19th-century life.
  • Wichita hosts several professional sports teams, including the Wichita Wind Surge baseball team and the Wichita Force indoor football team.
  • Sedgwick County Park in Wichita offers hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas.
  • The Great Plains Nature Center features local wildlife exhibits, nature trails, and educational programs.
  • The Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita is a historic venue known for dinner theater and live performances.
  • The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum showcases regional history through exhibits and artifacts.
  • Wichita's Orpheum Theatre, dating back to 1922, is known for its elegant architecture and diverse programming.
  • The Cessna 172, a popular general aviation aircraft, was designed and produced by Cessna Aircraft Company, founded in Wichita in 1927.
  • The Coleman Company, founded in Wichita in 1900, is well-known for outdoor recreation products.
  • Kirstie Alley, an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress known for "Cheers," was born in Wichita.
  • Musician Gage Brewer introduced the electric guitar to the world from a Wichita stage in 1932.
  • Wichita is a hub for professional bowlers, thanks to its top-tier bowling centers, prestigious Wichita State bowling program, and rich history of hosting and producing elite bowlers.

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