Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Colonel Marshall M. Murdock published the first issue of The Wichita Eagle, now the city's only newspaper.
"Cities are not the result of chance nor do they make themselves. Their prosperity and greatness are in a large measure due to the sagacity and enterprise of their founders and early settlers in reaching out and drawing to them the channels of commerce and trade."
James R. Mead, 1884
Following Mead's initiative, the efforts of key businessmen in time brought additional railway services to Wichita. These leaders included Colonel Marshall M. Murdock, M.W. Levy, N.F. Neiderlander, William Grieffenstein, W.C. Woodman, D.S. Munger and A.W. Oliver.
Eagle Publisher Colonel Marshall M. Murdock championed growth. And he believed the central purpose of a city was to support business. When some leaders pushed for locating rail depots on the outskirts of our city, Murdock passionately argued otherwise. "Are we to have a business center and a center of business, or mawkish sentiment and a flattened-out village?"
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 37° 41.239′ N, 97° 19.663′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is on Mosley near 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on the plaza immediately north of the Museum of World Treasures. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 835 East 1st Street, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldtown Marketplace (here, next to this marker); Riding the Rails (here, next to this marker); Simmons Hardware Company (here, next to this marker); Simmons Hardware Company / Hockaday Paint Company (here, next to this marker); Coleman Company (here, next to this marker); Union Station and the Santa Fe (here, next to this marker); Johnson-Frazier Building / Cox Produce Company (here, next to this marker); Innes Wholesale Furniture / City Ice Delivery (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
Also see . . . Oldtown Wichita History. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on June 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.