|Take a Driving
Tour of Wichita's
Click here for a
guide, with references to the pages in the book that each feature is
The pages of the guide are formatted so that if they are
printed front-to-back you can stack and fold them in half to create a
Here is a version formatted for
Here is a special
Google Map of the area
with some highlighted sites from the tour.
Jim was interviewed about Wichita's Riverside Parks
for the KPTS program
ImpaCT shown on
Thursday evening, May 5, 2011.
The interview may be
seen online here.
The interview begins at 6:15 on the timeline.
Jim was also featured in
ImpaCT interview on Thursday, April 18, 2013. This time the
subject was Wichita's railroads and street cars and the Arkansas Valley
Interurban, an electric-powered passenger rail line that once connected
Wichita with Newton and Hutchinson. The interview may be seen online
Cool Historical Links
Sanborn Maps of Wichita, in color, for the following years:
1884, 1889, 1887, 1892, 1897, 1903 & 1914
Transcriptions of the
Directories for these years:
1877, 1878, 1881, 1883, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892,
1894, 1902 & 1904-05
The Tihen Notes: Dr. Edward Tihen's personal summary of articles of
local historical interest in the Wichita Eagle and Beacon from 1872- 1982
Historic Photos of
Wichita - from the collections of the Wichita Public Library,
Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum and Wichita State University
Library Special Collections
The Wichita Eagle online: Scans of the newspaper from 1872 - 1903,
with word search capability. Similar versions of several other
Kansas newspapers may be found here also.
Sedgwick County census documents for 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910, as well
as old photos and other historic images.
Browse the remarkable book
The Magic City. Wichita
Picturesque and Descriptive, from 1889.
Upcoming Author Events
Friday, November 15, 6:30 PM – "Wichita On Rails" presentation at
Great Plains Nature Center for the Wichita
Horseless Carriage Club.
• Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:30 PM - author presentation on Wichita:
Postcard History at the
Remington Area Historical Society, at the Remington High School near