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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Don't Spit on the Sidewalk

Samuel J. Crumbine

 

— Exploration Trail Walk Path —

 
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Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Don't Spit on the Sidewalk Marker
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Samuel J. Crumbine (1862-1954) was a Pennsylvania native who established a medical practice in Dodge City in the 1880s. He became executive officer of the State Board of Health in 1906, and was famous for his efforts to improve hygiene by initiating a vigorous public health campaign in Kansas. He pushed for outlawing the "common" drinking cup in public places, which led to the invention of disposable paper cups.

One of Crumbine's best-known campaigns was associated with the slogan "Don't Spit on the Sidewalk," convinced the practice spread disease. Brick manufacturers even produced bricks with this slogan imprinted on them, and some are still seen in the few brick sidewalks remaining in the state, and even around the world. Crumbine's campaign against houseflies urged screening windows and doors and used the slogan, "Swat the Fly." These activities brought Crumbine an international reputation in the field of public health.

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Erected by City of Wichita and Sunflower Title.
 
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Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. Don't Spit on the Sidewalk Marker
Looking southeast along the Arkansas River Path
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is listed in these topic lists: EducationEnvironmentScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 37° 41.425′ N, 97° 20.776′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is along the Arkansas River Path, just west of Veterans Memorial Park, and about 400 feet northwest, across the river, from the Exploration Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 North Greenway, 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. U.S.S. Wichita (CA-45) (a few steps from this marker); Wichita Vietnamese American Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Corps Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fleet Marine Force Navy Hospital Corpsmen (about 300 feet away); United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II (about 300 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial (about 300 feet away); USN Armed Guard (about 300 feet away); Gold Star Families (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Samuel J. Crumbine. Kansapedia website entry (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Crumbine Award.
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Conference for Food Protection website entry (Submitted on February 3, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Samuel J. Crumbine. Kansas Public Health Association website entry (Submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 26, 2022