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With an abundance of wildlife and water, Wichita served as a meeting and commerce spot for centuries. James R. Mead is credited with being the first white settler to open a trading post in 1863 and establish the place on the Chisholm Trail. Named after the Wichita Indian tribe, the city soon became headquarters for the Texas cattle market with 350,000 cattle being driven up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene. "Cowtown" was a rough and tumble place with signs posted at town limits warning folks to check their guns before entering the town. Even marshal Wyatt Earp had his hands full trying to tame Wichita. When wheat became a major crop and barbed ...

With an abundance of wildlife and water, Wichita served as a meeting and commerce spot for centuries. James R. Mead is credited with being the first white settler to open a trading post in 1863 and establish the place on the Chisholm Trail. Named after the Wichita Indian tribe, the city soon became headquarters for the Texas cattle market with 350,000 cattle being driven up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene. "Cowtown" was a rough and tumble place with signs posted at town limits warning folks to check their guns before entering the town. Even marshal Wyatt Earp had his hands full trying to tame Wichita. When wheat became a major crop and barbed wire blocked the cattle, cattlemen took their business elsewhere and Wichita became a wheat trading and milling center. The city was incorporated in 1870. The discovery of oil in 1915 helped boost the city into becoming a major manufacturing center for airplanes. Today, Wichita produces about 70 percent of the nation's general aviation aircraft and is known as the Air Capital of the World. To get a feel for the Old West, saunter along the brick-lined streets of Oldtown. With its historic lampposts and redbrick warehouses, Oldtown is now an eclectic collection of shops, clubs, galleries, theaters, restaurants and businesses.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The city lies on the Arkansas River near the western edge of the Flint Hills in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    May for the Wichita River Festival