Wichita History & Other Fun Facts

What makes Wichita special?

Hotel Address: 1011 N Topeka Street, Wichita, KS 67214, USA

For 11,000 years Wichita was a trading center and meeting place and in 1863 the first permanent settlement was recorded. In 1870, Wichita became a city cattle drive destination from Texas. This is where the name “Cowtown” originated. In the 1980s, grain trade became the new income. In 1918 the population doubled due to the discovery of an oil reserve and all the oil money was invested in the approaching airplane industry. During World War II, the area became a manufacturing center for airplanes and continues to be the “Air Capital of the World”.

Today, Wichita has grown into a city with various activities, entertainment and food. People travel from around the country to see what Wichita has to offer.

The city features: Old Cowtown Museum, Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Grand Opera, Wichita Symphony Society, Wichita Art Museum, Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place, Museum of World Treasures, Botanica Wichita Gardens, Kansas Aviation Museum, Kansas African American Museum, the Mid-American All-Indian Center and more.

Other fun facts:
  • High ranking for American’s least traffic congested city for 2nd year in a row
  • Wichita State University showcases the Pizza Hut Museum
  • There are on average 225 days of sunshine during the year
  • Has the 7th largest zoo in the United States with the 3rd largest elephant exhibit
  • Largest dinosaur theme park in the country
  • First electric guitar was played at the Shadowland Ballroom in 1932
  • More than 100 miles of bicycle and walking paths
  • 11 shopping districts
  • Average annual snowfall is 15 inches

Wichita has a variety of notable attractions you should be sure to check out! For more information, click Visit Wichita.