Wichita

Population

2010: 382,368, #49 in U.S., #1 in Kansas

1950: 168,279, #58 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 623,061, #84 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 222,290, #87 in U.S.

Setting

Wichita was incorporated in 1870 along the Arkansas River. Today, the city has a bicycle trail along the Arkansas River and parks on the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers.

Buildings

Tallest building: Epic Center (1989), 320 feet

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Wichita has no downtown department stores. Oldtown is an area of brick warehouses that have been converted into shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Trains

Amtrak has no service to Wichita. Union Station dates from 1913.

Museums

The Wichita Historical Museum and Museum of World Treasures are downtown. The Wichita Art Museum and Mid-America All-Indian Center are across the Arkansas River from downtown. 

Downtown Wichita and Arkansas River
(Photo by Hugh Mason)


Theaters

The Oldtown Warren Theater Grille is a five-screen first-run theater. The Orpheum Theater (1922) is an old movie palace that now has concerts, plays, and a film series.

The Century II Concert Hall (1969) hosts the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, and touring Broadway shows.

Sports

The Wichita Wingnuts of the independent American Association play at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium (1934, renovated 2001). The Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League play at Intrust Bank Arena (2010).

Map of Downtown Wichita

DowntownWichita.org

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Wichita Architecture