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Wichita Facts

​How much do you know about Wichita, KS? Test your knowledge with these fun facts about Wichita: 

The Keeper over Downtown Wichita

  • Wichita is known as the "Air Capital of the World."
  • Wichita is the birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle fast-food chains.
  • A.A. Hyde discovered Mentholatum in 1894 in the current The Spice Merchant & Company building. 
  • In 2008, the NAACP recognized Wichita as the site of the first sit-in by African Americans at an all-white lunch counter in July 1958.
  • Actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in "Cheers," was born in Wichita on Jan. 12, 1951.
  • First electric guitar was played at the Shadowland Ballroom in Wichita by Wichitan Gage Brewer in 1932.

Gallery Alley in Wichita

Wichita's Numbers

Hot Air Balloons Launch in Wichita

Wichita's Weather

  • Average annual rainfall: 28.61 inches
  • Average annual snowfall: 15 inches
  • Coldest month: January
  • Hottest month: July
  • Air quality index in Wichita is 21% better than the national average
  • Pollution index in Wichita is 95% better than the national average

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