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

Delano Township

 
 
Delano Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2014
1. Delano Township Marker
Inscription.  Delano, the town located west of the Arkansas River was a colorful locale. Although the violence in this area was over-dramatized, it remained as a place of drunkenness, gambling, gunplay, and prostitution. The most popular and dramatized gun battle was between Rowdy Joe and Red Beard, rival saloon owners, which ended in Red Beard’s death. Wichita did not object to Delano because cowboys needed an outlet after a long cattle drive and this was a way of confining the rowdiness. (In Wichita, men were required to check their guns.) A total separation of Wichita and Delano was not possible. When Delano’s dance hall girls decided to create their own river run and race nude to the river amidst cheers and wagers, it was impossible to obstruct this view from Wichita citizens. In 1876, Delano’s post office was phased out and the area was officially incorporated with Wichita. This explains the slight jog in Douglas Ave. then known as Chicago Ave. in 1880. A grand promotion brought a building boom to this western section, creating hotels, retail stores, and offices.
 
Erected 1993 by Wichita’s Historic Preservation
Delano Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Kuklinski, December 1, 2018
2. Delano Township Marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 41.128′ N, 97° 20.678′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker is at the intersection of McLean Boulevard and West Douglas Avenue, on the right when traveling north on McLean Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wichita KS 67203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chisholm Trail (here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Flag Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbus Standard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Flag (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commander In Chief's Personal Flag (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grand Union Flag (approx. 0.3 miles away); Thirteen Star Flag (Bennington Flag) (approx. 0.3 miles away); French Tricolor (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita.
 
Delano Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2014
3. Delano Township Marker
Delano Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 4, 2014
4. Delano Township Marker
Delano Township Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Kuklinski, December 1, 2018
5. Delano Township Marker
The marker can be seen here in its new location, on the reverse of the nearby Chisolm Trail Marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on December 3, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on December 3, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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