Visit the "Air Capital of the World" Wichita, Kansas - Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and is located at the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers junction. The city was named after the Wichita Indians, who were the first to permanently settle the land in 1863. In 1870, Wichita was incorporated and soon became a destination for cattle drives. This is how the city obtained the nickname "Cowtown."
Oil was discovered in 1914, and it changed the "Cowtown" into a major oil center. Local entrepreneurs invested money from the oil into an airplane industry. The first plane was manufactured in Wichita in 1917. The city was the site where the first planes (forty-three Swallows) were manufactured. Wichita was then established as an aviation-testing hub and was called the "Air Capital of the World."
Facts about Wichita - The population of Wichita was estimated to be 354,617 in 2003. Nearby cities and towns include Bel Aire, Eastborough, Kechi, Oaklawn-Sunview,
and Park City.
Wichita also has a wide selection of places to obtain higher education such as Remington College, Wichita State University, Friends University, Newman University, Wichita Area Technical College, Wichita Technical Institute, Butler Community College, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Baker University, Tabor College, and Southwestern University.
Wichita has had many famous inhabitants (past and present) including (actresses) Kirstie Alley, Tamara Feldman, Vera Miles and Hattie McDaniel, (actors) Don Johnson and Neal Jones, (basketball star) Antoine Carr, (industrialists) Clyde Cessna, Bob Helms, and William Lear, (MLB pitcher) Kyle Farnsworth, (race car driver) Roger Mears, and (Football Hall of Famers) Barry Sanders and Gale Sayers. It was also the 1979 filming location for "The Attic."
Wichita's sport teams include (CHL) Thunder, (minor league baseball) Wranglers, (indoor soccer) Wings, and (indoor football) Aviators.
Wichita Tourist Sites and Attractions - The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is available to those who enjoy the performing arts. The city also has the Great Plains Nature Center, Riverside Park, and the Cheney State Park & Wildlife Area if you prefer to spend time outdoors.
Visitors can explore one of the many historical sites or museums including the Old Cowtown Museum, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, the Allen-Lambe House Museum, the Exploration Place, the Indian Center Museum, and the Great Plains Transportation Museum. Wichita also has a historical route called the Chisholm Trail.
Family Attractions in Wichita - Other popular attractions include the Sedgwick County Zoo, Botanica (the Wichita Gardens), Joyland Amusement Park, and the Museum of World Treasures.
The Joyland Amusement Park (http://www.joylandamusementpark.com) is the biggest amusement park in Wichita. The park offers a wooden historic roller coaster and 24 additional rides. This is a great way to spend a day with the family.
The Sedgwick Zoo (http://www.scz.org for zoo) is the number one tourist attraction in Wichita and the 18th largest zoo in the United States. The zoo has every animal one can imagine and has a unique gorilla forest.
Wichita has a wide variety of things to do and see. Those planning to spend the day or an extended vacation will not lack for entertainment. The city offers great shopping and dining locations as well. To plan your next vacation in Wichita, KS USA, visit the city's official website. (http://www.chitagov.org)