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The History of Wichita, Kansas

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From dinosaurs to explorers to wars, here's what five local experts had to say about the history of Wichita, Kansas.

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Wichita is my city. It is a big and beautiful city all kinds of people live here. It is famous for so many things. Wichita is the Air Capital of the World. Wichita is the birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle fast food chains. There is a lot of history that has been created in a great city called Wichita.

Samantha, says: 2020

When airplanes were in their early days, innovators like Clyde Cessna, Lloyd Stearman, and Walter Beech began to develop their own airplanes. These men went off to start and contribute to well known companies today like Cessna and Beechcraft (a part of Textron Aviation) and Boeing. As time progressed from the early 1900’s into World War 2, production began to ramp up. The B-29 was made en masse in Wichita with some 2,700 being made through the duration of the war. In addition to producing large bombers, Beech made planes that were used to train bombardiers and navigators. After the war, Wichita had really established itself as a superpower in aircraft production as it was dubbed the “Air Capital of the World”.

Wichita is home to many schools including Friends University, Newman University, WSU Tech, and Wichita State University. Wichita State has a basketball team that has made many NCAA tournament appearances and even a Final Four appearance in recent years. WSU also is home to NIAR, which is one of the nation’s leading research institutes for the aviation industry. Recently, NIAR has partnered with the army to reverse engineer older legacy aircraft to get them back in the air.

Victoria, says: 2020

Wichita is a beautiful city with a unique history and a diverse population. It offers everything that a big city does but in a very laid back manner. Wichita State University, one of the biggest in the state, is in Wichita. I would welcome you to come and stay at Wichita, the birthplace of Pizza Hut.

Cheryl, says: 2020

Wichita, Kansas, started off very small in the late 1800’s and would later turn into a strong city supporting our national security. Many come to know Wichita just by eating at a few restaurants. Pizza Hut, White Castle, and Freddy’s all started in Wichita. Besides the well-known chains, Wichita has so many restaurants that is normally ranked as having one of the highest restaurant per capita in America.

Brandi, says: 2020
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