Vice in Early Wichita - 2020 Winter Lecture Series
2-3:00pm , March 22, 2020 | Old Cowtown Museum
Wichita in the 1870s was no different than the other western towns scattered on the map that developed around the cattle trade and farming. While many prominent business men and women struck their claim along the Arkansas River, other businesses prospered around less than admirable cravings.
Businesses existed that centered on such vices as gambling, alcohol, and prostitution. These establishments sprinkled in the city landscape alongside the doctor’s offices, general stores, and banks. While some of them tried to keep a low profile, others flaunted their excitements to the population with those hopes of gaining clientele. Keith Wondra, assistant curator, will talk about Wichita's vice scene ranging from the cattle drives to state prohibition in 1880.
$3, Free for members and volunteers