Two rivers meet in Wichita - - -

From the time of the town's founding in 1870 to the present,
the area in Wichita near the junction of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers
known as Riverside has been a focus of the city's social and recreational life.

Wichita's Riverside Parks illuminates the history of
this area and shows the changes it has seen over the decades.

The history of Wonderland Park, the Riverside Park cannons
and the Boy With a Boot Fountain are featured in the book!

   Now Available!    
    Jim's second book on Wichita history, illustrated with 206 vintage picture postcards. 

Take a Driving Tour of Wichita's
Historic Downtown Parks!  

Click here for a guide, with references to the pages in the book that each feature is described on. 
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 handy-sized booklet.

Here is a version formatted for single-side printing.

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 an 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 here.

Cool Historical Links

Upcoming Author Events

• Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:30 PM – "Wichita's Riverside Parks" presentation at monthly meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma, at Grace Presbyterian Church.

"Wichita" & "Wichita's Riverside Parks" are available at these local retailers:
West Wichita & Downtown East Wichita
Al’s Old & New Bookstore
Bella Luz Gifts
Exploration Place
Hatman Jack’s
Old Cowtown Museum
Wichita Art Museum
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
Barnes & Noble - 1920 N. Rock Road
Eighth Day Books
Owl's Nest Gift Shop (in the Great Plains Nature Center)
Piccadilly Market, Grill & Bakery
Rieger Medical Supply Co.
Watermark Books

Wichita's Riverside Parks is also available as an iBook

Arcadia Publishing has several other books on Kansas!  Browse them all here.

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Now Available!
Jim's second book on Wichita's History,
 illustrated with 206 vintage picture postcards!
The ISBN number is 978-0738593906