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

Riding the Rails

1872

 
 
Riding the Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Riding the Rails Marker
Inscription.

For a prairie town to grow and prosper, railroads were a necessity. They would bring more people and business. More opportunity for commerce and trade. Before long, Wichita was a bustling city with several railroad lines connecting it to the rest of the country.

1872
Wichita's first railway, Wichita and Southwestern Railroad Co., provided a much-needed link to Kansas City. The line's success soon prompted its purchase by the Santa Fe Railway.

1880
The second line, the Frisco Railroad, entered Wichita and connected the community to St. Louis.

1887
The Rock Island Railroad arrived. Offering a main line from Chicago to the Gulf, it spurred trade and opened new markets. Its depot served as a passenger terminal until 1914.

1974
The Rock Island depot earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Of the three old railroad stations on East Douglas, it was the only one to survive.

[Inset photo caption reads]
When the Frisco Railroad opened in May 1880, the city proudly boasted it brought St. Louis within only a day and a night's travel from Wichita.
 
Location. 37° 41.239′ N, 97° 19.663′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Marker
Photo on Riding the Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1920s
2. Photo on Riding the Rails Marker
Courtesy of Cox Communications
is on Mosley near 1st Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the plaza immediately north of the Museum of World Treasures. Marker is at or near this postal address: 835 East 1st Street, Wichita KS 67202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oldtown Marketplace ( here, next to this marker); Warehouse District ( 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 . . .
1. Oldtown Wichita History. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Wichita's History at a Glance. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Wichita Chapter, National Railway Historical Society. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Great Plains Transportation Museum, Wichita KS. (Submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Rock Island Depot Photo on Riding the Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Rock Island Depot Photo on Riding the Rails Marker
Courtesy of WSU Libraries Special Collections
Riding the Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
4. Riding the Rails Marker
Riding the Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
5. Riding the Rails Marker
Oldtown Markers at Museum of World Treasures Plaza image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Oldtown Markers at Museum of World Treasures Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on June 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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