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

Union Station and the Santa Fe

1914

 
 
Union Station and the Santa Fe Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Union Station and the Santa Fe Marker
Inscription.

1911
The City Commission forced the railroads to elevate the East Douglas tracks, which solved the problem of having the Santa Fe, Rock Island and Frisco lines crossing and often blocking the street. It also proposed that a single, or unified, station serve all the lines.

1914
Union Station opened at a cost of $2.5 million and served Wichita in grand style. The building was a hub of activity, where travelers and their loved ones gathered in the huge lobby for cheerful welcomes and emotional farewells. Union Station closed in 1980.

Santa Fe
Wichita was named a city in 1870 but growth was threatened when Santa Fe Railway chose not to build south of Newton in 1871. James Mead immediately wrote the company and Santa Fe offered to extend its tracks to Wichita for a price: $200,000 in county bonds and the establishment of a local company to handle operations.

In less than three months the Wichita and Southwestern Railroad Co. formed with Mead as president while county residents voted for the bonds. The local company soon became part of the Santa Fe system.
 
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
Union Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
2. Union Station Marker
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); 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); 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 19, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Great Plains Transportation Museum, Wichita. (Submitted on June 19, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society. (Submitted on June 19, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Santa Fe Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
3. Santa Fe Marker
Union Station Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1920s
4. Union Station Photo on Marker
Courtesy of Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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