In October 1865 hundreds of Plains Indians camped on these prairies to negotiate peace with U.S. government officials. Among them were Chiefs Black Kettle and Seven Bulls (Cheyennes), Little Raven and Big Mouth (Arapahos), Rising Sun and Horse's . . . — — Map (db m61099) HM
When the last red man has vanished from the earth, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirit of my People, for they love the earth as a newborn loves its mother's . . . — — Map (db m56748) HM
Truth Will Out Salad Days Send Packing Knock Knock! Who's There? What The Dickens Wear My Heart Upon My Sleeve Bated Breath The Game Is Up Love Is Blind Breathed His Last Itching Palm Forever And A Day Goodness Sake World's . . . — — Map (db m56434) HM
Built As Warehouse For $14,000
First Tenant: Rumely Products Company
Builder: MacLean Construction Company, Chicago, IL
Renovated: 2006 as
Historic Address: 701 East Second
Current Address: 242 N. . . . — — Map (db m56448) HM
Built For Commercial & Manufacturing
(Second of 3 Buildings)
Original Spelling Rumely
Changed in the 1930's to Rumley
Historic Address: 239 N. Rock Island
Current Address: 238 N. Mead — — Map (db m56446) HM
This site, originally platted in December, 1870, dates back to Wichita's early development with the establishment of the Wichita & Southwestern Railroad, later absorbed by the Santa Fe System. The railroad was completed at Wichita in May, 1872 . . . — — Map (db m60594) HM
Dedicated to the many veterans who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Flags have traditionally been symbols of persons united in some common association or effort. Within the American heritage, there have been many diverse interests . . . — — Map (db m56932) HM
While the Plains Indians hunted many kinds of animals, their very existence depended on the buffalo. The massive creatures supplied most of the meat for their diet. Every part of the great animal was used. Nothing was wasted. From the buffalo they . . . — — Map (db m56808) HM
The pipe was central to tribal social and ceremonial life. A shared pipe sealed a friendship, a trade agreement, a treaty.
The solemn act of smoking a pipe was usually part of a group ritual or observance, such as in council, in which the pipe . . . — — Map (db m56789) HM
The Plains Indians drew inspiration and power from their ceremonies. Using sacred prayer songs, objects and dances, accompanied by ritual drumming and rattling, the people created a spiritual atmosphere to induce visions and revelations. . . . — — Map (db m56829) HM
The Plains Indian chief was not an autocratic ruler. The title was honorary, although an exceptionally powerful personality could exert great influence. As a rule, any power exercised within the tribe was done so by the total body of responsible . . . — — Map (db m56790) HM
For the Plains Indian, the sacred hoop was the all-encompassing symbol of the entire world, with one half of the circle representing the physical realm, the other the spiritual. Equally significant was the number four. The four quadrants of the . . . — — Map (db m56749) HM
Erected A.D. 1912 by the
People of Sedgwick County, Kansas
in memory of the
Union Soldiers and Sailors
of the Civil War
The Union is perpetual
Let us have peace
If any man attempts to . . . — — Map (db m56422) HM
A beacon of light in the community since 1901, The Coleman Company has provided many products that bring together family and friends for lifelong outdoor memories. "Coleman Hill" is a living example of their commitment to Wichita.
Thank you . . . — — Map (db m56351) HM
W.C. Coleman built a factory at 220 N. St. Francis. It served as the company headquarters for most of the twentieth century.
In 1889, Coleman found the lamp that would change his life. The "Efficient Lamp" had mantles, not wicks, and . . . — — Map (db m56568) HM
"it (streetcar 230 on the College Hill line) is a moving...collection of junk, rattling and torturing its inmates in a manner that would bring tears to the eyes of the turnkey of a Russian prison...If you can stand up in the car for a mile after . . . — — Map (db m60620) HM
European interest was first represented in the “New World” by the Viking Banner of Leif Ericson and other intrepid Norse adventurers. This banner, according to tradition, made its way to Iceland, Greenland and presumably North America . . . — — Map (db m56936) HM
During the 1700s, the political and economic interests of the colonists began to enlarge and disputes began to develop with Great Britain. After the defeat of the French and their expulsion in 1763, the colonists could focus even more of their . . . — — Map (db m56943) HM
As secession swept the South, various state banners were created to symbolize the "independence" movement. Soon the Confederacy found it necessary, however, to adopt an appropriate "national" flag. The first was the famous Stars and Bars. During . . . — — Map (db m107792) HM
This marker locates the original confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers. On August 15, 1865, near this point Jesse Chisholm met with the Plains Indian chiefs and headmen to agree on a treaty signing which occurred the following . . . — — Map (db m60589) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m78774) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m56717) HM
In Honor of one of 52 Submarines on Eternal Patrol
[Honor Roll of Lost Crew Members]
The United States Submarine Veterans organization of WWII was founded in 1955 and federally chartered in 1981. The chapter representing each state of the . . . — — Map (db m56635) HM
Animals that appeared in dreams, it was believed, could convey strength to the shield of a warrior. Special medicines made from "dream animals," such as the eagle or buffalo, were tied to the shield or placed under the outer cover. Long pendants . . . — — Map (db m56753) HM
To the Plains Indians, the eagle was a lord of the air, symbolizing both ferocity and purity. It flies high in the atmosphere where the air is the clearest and where, in the belief of many Indians, the Great Spirit resides. In fact, it was said . . . — — Map (db m56792) HM
This property has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Kansas Preservation Alliance Award for Excellence
The benches on the Memorial Plaza
have been placed here . . . — — Map (db m56429) HM
With the admission of Alaska in 1959 and Hawaii in 1960, the present fifty-star flag came into being. Like other flags of our nation, the fifty-star flag has seen the varied conditions that can beset a dynamic association of peoples. Under it, the . . . — — Map (db m56971) HM
Named in Honor of Mrs. Charlotte M. Morse Fiske
Benefactor of Fairmount College
Cornerstone: October 28, 1904
Dedication: June 6, 1906
Norman S. Patton, Architect, Chicago
J. V. Wood, . . . — — Map (db m56254) HM
Fiske Hall was the mens dormitory of Fairmount College from 1906 to 1926 and served as an army barracks in both World Wars. Beginning with the municipal university period in 1926, Fiske provided classroom and office space for various academic and . . . — — Map (db m56256) HM
Like the new nation, the first Stars and Stripes would see fuller development with the passage of time. Under the much-debated Articles of Confederation of 1781, it was agreed that America would create self-governing States in the western domain . . . — — Map (db m56959) HM
The obligations and responsibilities of becoming an imperial power as a result of the Spanish-American War quickly multiplied. The international problems that arose in Latin America, in the Philippines, and in China saw the first application of . . . — — Map (db m56970) HM
The United States emerged from the ordeal of the Civil War with deep gulfs of mistrust and bitterness. Reconstruction was lengthy. Then during the 1870's the natural wealth of the country, the industrious people, further expansion beyond the . . . — — Map (db m56967) HM
With the Revolution won and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the United States was extended westward to the Mississippi River. To the west of the Mississippi, the French Tricolor waved over French Louisiana until the purchase of that . . . — — Map (db m56947) HM
Builder: George Herman Siedhoff
Original Owner: George Innes Dry Goods
Construction Cost: $1,000,000
Reinforced Concrete Building
Original & Historic Address:
701 East First
In Honor of . . . — — Map (db m56433) HM
Nationally renowned trial lawyer, graduate of Washburn University Law School, tremendously successful for over 49 years, together with his wife, Shannon, have graciously given to the community, as well as WSU Baseball. Their concern for others and . . . — — Map (db m56350) HM
The first national flag is commonly identified as the Grand Union Flag. Although it was never officially approved or recognized, it was this flag that came to symbolize the growing pride in the name America and the strengthening union between the . . . — — Map (db m56945) HM
Built For The Grant-Billingsley
(Second of 4 Buildings)
Architect: Glenn H. Thomas, Wichita, Ks.
Historic Address: 141/143 N. Rock Island
Current Address: 143 N. Rock Island — — Map (db m56505) HM
Came to Wichita in 1958 and developed Resthaven Gardens of memory and Resthaven Funeral Home from a wheat field into one of the Midwest's most beautiful Cemeteries; past president of the International Cemetery and Funeral Home Assn. and in 1998 . . . — — Map (db m56329) HM
Innes Wholesale Furniture Co.
No. 701 E. First
When the George Innes Dry Goods Warehouse opened in 1919, it bought, manufactured and sold furniture and home furnishings.
The building was converted into Innes Station, . . . — — Map (db m56573) HM
Albert Alexander Hyde (1848-1935) was a partner in founding The Yucca Company in 1889, which manufactured and marketed laundry and toilet soap and shaving cream. One of their first products was a cough syrup containing menthol and camphor, and . . . — — Map (db m56739) HM
Though trained as a painter, the medium Jim Yarnell (1917-) most enjoyed was photography. He was appointed advertising manager of the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita. During the summer of 1962, Yarnell spent 58 days photographing . . . — — Map (db m56465) HM
"We've played in tougher places. At Wichita State, those fans would stand up and clap at the beginning of each half, and until their team scores, they don't sit down. We had 'em clapping for four minutes one time...And I think everybody had a . . . — — Map (db m56424) HM
Built by State Highway Comm. of Kansas
Named in honor of John C. Mack
State Highway Commissioner of
the Fifth District at the time
of its authorization
State Highway Commission of Kansas
Arkansas River Bridge
U.S. Highway 81. . . . — — Map (db m56426) HM
Fireproof! Rat-proof! Mouse-proof! This is how the Johnson-Frazier Building's earliest occupant, Wichita Fire Proof Storage Co., billed the concrete and brick Goliath when it opened in 1914.
Other businesses were . . . — — Map (db m56570) HM
This memorial is dedicated as a lasting tribute to all the service men and women of the United States Armed Forces from the State of Kansas and in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice with their lives on the battlefields of North and . . . — — Map (db m57541) HM
Built as Wholesale Hardware Building
at a cost of $250,000
for Morton-Simmons Hardware Co.
featuring Keen Kutter Tools
Architect: Mauran, Russell and Garden,
St. Louis, Missouri
Builder: Wurster Construction Company, . . . — — Map (db m56450) HM
Kiowa-Comanche artist Blackbear Bosin donated his famous work, the "Keeper of the Plains," to the citizens of Wichita in May of 1974. The Keeper of the Plains stands at the confluence of the rivers were his ancestors camped. With his face raised . . . — — Map (db m56726) HM
I have a song to sing,
To our Mother, the Earth,
To our Father, the Sun...
To sing this song
We are all here;
We are all here, as one
The one that makes us all
In the hands of the Great Spirit.
Blackbear Bosin . . . — — Map (db m56750) HM
A member of a pioneer banking family which settled in Wichita during the 'boom' period of 1886, Mr. Naftzger devoted nearly seventy years of his life to banking. As an ardent patron of the arts and because of his strong ties to the city he grew . . . — — Map (db m60593) HM
The McKnight Art Center is a tribute to a pioneer Wichita family. Mrs. McKnight's dream to advance the arts and serve the community, was fulfilled in her generous bequest to the university. — — Map (db m56274) HM
Marvin G. Brown, Jr. Donald E. Christian John W. Duren Martin E. Harrison Ronald G. Johnson Randall B. Kiesau Malory W. Kimmel Carl R. Krueger Stephan A. Moore Thomas B. Owen, Jr. Eugene Robinson Thomas T. Shedden Richard . . . — — Map (db m56277) HM
The MK-14 torpedo was developed in the 1930's on a very meager budget. These torpedoes were successfully deployed during World War II, destroying more than four million tons of Japanese shipping.
Early in the war the MK-14 proved to be very . . . — — Map (db m56634) HM
No. 904-906 E. Douglas
The building located on East Douglas housed a series of businesses; first, James C. Smyth Hide Co., then Beacon Tire, and, in 1922, Modern Cleaners.
Dye . . . — — Map (db m56574) HM
In memory of
Nathan Jackson Morrison, LL.D.
Founder and President of
1895 - 1907
Administration of Public Works
Franklin D. Roosevelt
President of the United States
Harold L. Ickes . . . — — Map (db m56282) HM
This unique Indian head was obtained and presented to Wichita High School North by the 1977 Senior Class as a gift from Mrs. Carl (Ethel) Kelley, a pioneer Wichita family.
1977 Senior Class Officers
William B. Williams, Pres.
Dale A. . . . — — Map (db m60532) HM
Longtime successful Wichita area businessman and his wife, Joan, whose drive for excellence may have only been exceeded by their genuine concern for others. Only through their initial commitment in 1983 did Phase I - "Eck Stadium" become reality. . . . — — Map (db m56335) HM
Downtown Wichita and the adjacent warehouse district were in decline. An exodus of businesses and retailers left many buildings in the area dilapidated and vacant. Fortunately, a committed group of professionals stepped forward, . . . — — Map (db m56516) HM
Two former WSU students, Dan and Frank Carney, borrowed $600 to open this first Pizza Hut. Their corporation grew to become the world's largest pizza chain and was sold to PepsiCo in 1977 for $300,000,000.
The building was moved to this site to . . . — — Map (db m56279) HM
Dedicated to all men and women
wounded in all our wars.
Military Order of the Purple Heart, 1782/1932.
“My stone is red for
the blood they shed.
The medal I bear
is my country's way
to show they care.
If I could be seen . . . — — Map (db m56651) HM
With the faith and courage of
their forefathers who made
possible the freedom of these
The Boy Scouts of America
dedicate this replica of the
Statue of Liberty as a pledge
of everlasting fidelity and
loyalty . . . — — Map (db m60622) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m56539) HM
Former WSU Baseball pitcher (1965-66), and successful businessman who together with his wife, Linda, made Phase II a reality by funding the project in the Fall of 1987. With the naming of "Tyler Field" upon completion and the establishment of a . . . — — Map (db m56332) HM
Morton-Simmons Hardware established its business on First Street in the large warehousing district around the rail connections east of downtown Wichita. The popular Keen Kutter brand name emblazoned on the cupola made the building an instant . . . — — Map (db m56541) HM
E.C. Simmons Keen Kutter Cutlery and Tools
With E.C. Simmons as president, Simmons Hardware Company was developed into one of the most extensive corporations of its kind with divisions in Wichita, Sioux City, Toledo, New York, . . . — — Map (db m56567) HM
In commemoration of those who on land and sea served their country in the Spanish-American War
This cannon was captured in the Spanish-American war in the year 1898, was presented by the United States to the state of Kansas, and assigned to . . . — — Map (db m60590) HM
St. Anthony of Padua Church was built in 1902 under the direction of the Franciscan Order for the German Catholics in the Wichita area. St. Anthony's is the oldest Catholic church in Wichita. In 1888, the church was designated an historic landmark . . . — — Map (db m56381) HM
From its beginning as Fairmount College in 1895, Wichita State University has stood, like these columns, “proudly on the hill” – a phrase from the universitys “Alma Mater” referencing the highest point of land in . . . — — Map (db m56257) HM
There was considerable concern that the addition of a new stripe for each new state would create hopeless confusion. Therefore, Congress established the still current law that provided that after July 4, 1818 the flag would show thirteen stripes . . . — — Map (db m56960) HM
Gathered as a group at night around the fire, the tribe used storytelling to draw the community closer together. In each story lay a lesson. A bit of wisdom for the younger tribal members to carry with them through life. To the Indians, . . . — — Map (db m56821) HM
At the close of the Civil War when millions of longhorns were left on the plains of Texas without a market, the Union Pacific was building west across Kansas. Joseph McCoy, an Illinois stockman, believed these cattle could be herded over the . . . — — Map (db m61125) HM
The Eaton Hotel, built in 1887 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is the cornerstone of the Eaton Place project. This endeavor saved both the original hotel and the remainder of the historic 500 block of East . . . — — Map (db m56384) HM
has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the National Park Service,
United States Department of the Interior
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history
of the United States . . . — — Map (db m56392) HM
A pioneer in the field of X-ray technology, Ed C. Jerman (1865-1936), developed the "Jerman static machine," used by doctors as a source of power for various electrical treatments, and the only machine on the market large enough for X-rays. He . . . — — Map (db m56742) HM
With the signing of the Declaration of Indepenence, the Grand Union was automatically promoted to the status of a national banner and at the same time rendered obsolete. The British ties were snapped and the crosses of St. Andrew and St. George in . . . — — Map (db m56946) HM
Between 1818 and 1861 no less than 13 changes were made in the Stars and Stripes as a result of the westward expansion. With the admission of Kansas in 1861, the [S]tars and [S]tripes became a thirty-four star flag. It was this flag that would be . . . — — Map (db m56962) HM
Wherever they roamed, the people of the praire carried their world with them in the form of a tipi. Its circular ground pattern resembled the larger camp circle as well as the disk of the earth.
An Indian camp was composed of a circle of tipis, . . . — — Map (db m56754) HM
The Plains Indians were inseparable from the land they roamed. The Plains were home to the buffalo, which the tribes followed during all but the winter months. Under the star-filled sky of the prairie, they showed reverence to the Great Spirit . . . — — Map (db m56806) HM
World War II heavy cruiser -
The last U.S. "treaty cruiser"
Laid Down 28 Oct. 1935
Launched 16 Nov. 1937
Commissioned 16 Feb. 1939
Decommissioned 3 Feb. 1947
Struck 1 Mar. 1959
Displacement 10,000 Tons Length 608 ft. 4 in. . . . — — Map (db m56721) HM
In 1603, St. Georges Cross was joined with St. Andrews Cross, the Scottish Flag, to form the famous Union Flag or “Union Jack” of Great Britain. It was this flag which flew over the first British colonies in North America at . . . — — Map (db m56939) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m56569) HM
In memory of those who plied the North Atlantic routes, the Murmansk run, the Invasions of N. Africa, Italy, Normandy, Philippines, Okinawa and every other major Invasion around the Globe.
Recruited as an all volunteer group to . . . — — Map (db m56702) HM
In memory of 1,810 shipmates who did not return home and to all others who provided the firepower to give each ship involved a fighting chance to fulfill its mission.
[USNAG and USMM Honor Roll]
Keith E. Alquist Dean Brandis (USNAG) . . . — — Map (db m56711) HM
In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans
This memorial was erected in memory of the young individuals who went to war as kids and lost their youthful dreams, and some their lives, for a cause - Freedom and Honor - and came back as men with the . . . — — Map (db m56619) HM
The Virginia H. Farah Foundation's early support of the Eck Stadium Phase IV renovation project was instrumental in making it a reality. The Foundation supports selected charitable causes throughout the world. Its Trustees chose to give something . . . — — Map (db m56331) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m56537) HM
The bow and arrow was the most natural weapon for the Plains Indian, the tool best suited for hunting buffalo. It was the first plaything given to him as a child. He began to practice before he was even 4 years old. At the age of 8 to 10, he would . . . — — Map (db m56828) HM
Horses were introduced by the Europeans in the 18th century. They were seen by the Indians as a creature similar to the dog, subservient to man. The Plains people therefore called the animals "big dogs." However, with the horse came new values and . . . — — Map (db m56793) HM
White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. Cook Walter A. Anderson partnered with insurance man Edgar Waldo "Billy" Ingram to make White Castle into a chain of restaurants. At the time, Americans were hesitant to eat ground beef after . . . — — Map (db m56391) HM
In honor of the 1989 Shocker Baseball Team, remembered for its determination and never-say-die attitude. Its gritty character was never more evident than during post-season tournament competition when it overcame injuries to key players and won . . . — — Map (db m56313) HM
We, the Vietnamese American Community of Wichita, Kansas, dedicate this plaque in the memory and honor of American, Vietnamese and Allied soldiers who fought to resist the North Vietnamese Communist aggression against the Republic of Vietnam. We . . . — — Map (db m56724) HM
The status of women in Plains culture was decidedly higher than is often assumed. The wife was the joint owner of family property and had general control and custody of the children. Marriages, divorces, places of residence and monetary matters . . . — — Map (db m56827) HM