[49] Tiller was later killed in Wichita by an extremist in 2009. Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee Mission, Shawnee Msn, S... Fredonia, Coyville, Lafontaine, New Albany, South Hutchinson, Hutchinson, S Hutchinson, Winona, Monument, Russell Spg, Russell Springs. [158] It meets each Tuesday. [174] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita oversees 16 Catholic schools in the city including 14 elementary schools and two high schools, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and Kapaun Mt. [130] This arena in the middle of Wichita opened in January 2010. [203] Six AM and more than a dozen FM radio stations are licensed to and/or broadcast from the city. For the purposes of representation in the Kansas Legislature, the city is in the 16th and 25th through 32nd districts of the Kansas Senate and the 81st, 83rd through 101st, 103rd, and 105th districts of the Kansas House of Representatives. [178][179] Other Christian schools in the city are Calvary Christian School (PK-12), Central Christian Academy (K-10), Classical School of Wichita (K-12), Sunrise Christian Academy (PK-12), Trinity Academy (K-12), Wichita Friends School (PK-6), and Word of Life Traditional School (K-12). [167] Other agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation,[168] Food and Drug Administration,[169] and Internal Revenue Service[170] among others, have offices around the city. In 1976 Charlie Daniels released the country song "Wichita Jail" and actor John Corbett released his country song Wichita. [101] Wichita was also named the most "Uniquely American" city by Newsmax magazine in a May 2009 piece written by Peter Greenberg. [219] Cox Communications and Spectrum offer cable television, and AT&T U-Verse offers IPTV. 0.6% was in the armed forces, and 67.6% was in the civilian labor force with 61.2% employed and 6.4% unemployed. [232], The Wichita Airport Authority manages the city's two main public airports, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport and Colonel James Jabara Airport. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. These occasionally bring large hail as well as frequent lightning. Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, Shawnee Mission, Shawne... Lenexa, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, Shawnee ... Shawnee, Lenexa, Shawnee Mission, Shawnee Msn. [137] Ruby Vroom, released by the band Soul Coughing in 1994, contains a song called "True Dreams of Wichita". [111] The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University is a modern and contemporary art museum with over 6,300 works in its permanent collection.[112]. [224], Via Christi Health operates three general medical and surgical hospitals in Wichita—Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, and Via Christi Hospital St. Teresa—and other specialized medical facilities. These galleries started the Final Friday Gallery crawl event, where visitors tour attractions free in the evening on the last Friday of each month. [148] In 2021, the team will drop down to the Double-A Texas League without having played a Triple-A game due to Major League Baseball's realignment of the minor leagues after the 2020 season. Measurable snowfall occurs an average of ten days per year with at least an inch of snow falling on five of those days. One or more large Renaissance fairs occur annually, including the "RenFair" in conjunction with the "Kingdom of Calontir" of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). View all zip codes in KS or use the free zip code lookup. [70] Wichita receives on average about 32.69 inches (830 mm) of precipitation a year, most of which falls in the warmer months, and experiences 88 days of measurable precipitation. The minimum temperature falls to or below 10 °F (−12 °C) on an average 8.5 days a year. Other firms with headquarters in Wichita include roller-coaster manufacturer Chance Morgan, gourmet food retailer Dean & Deluca, renewable energy company Alternative Energy Solutions, and Coleman Company, a manufacturer of camping and outdoor recreation supplies. [52], Boeing ended its operations in Wichita in 2014. [206][207][208][209][210][211] The city also hosts a PBS member station, a Univision affiliate, and several low-power stations.[212][213]. [240] Amtrak offers bus service from downtown Wichita to its station in Newton as well as to its station in Oklahoma City, the northern terminus of the Heartland Flyer line. Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, and former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency both under Donald Trump, began his political career in the Wichita area as 4th district Congressman. [157] As of 2020, the city council consists of: Mayor Brandon Whipple, Brandon Johnson (District 1), Becky Tuttle (District 2), James Clendenin (District 3), Jeff Blubaugh (District 4), Bryan Frye (District 5), and Cindy Claycomb (District 6). The WSU campus includes two major venues: Eck Stadium, a medium-sized stadium with a full-sized baseball field that is home to the WSU Shocker baseball team, and Charles Koch Arena, a medium-sized, dome-roofed circular arena with a collegiate basketball court that hosts the WSU Shocker basketball team. Interstate 235, a bypass route, passes through north-central, west, and south-central Wichita, traveling around the central parts of the city. [159] The city manager is Robert Layton. [195] Several other newspapers and magazines, including local lifestyle, neighborhood, and demographically focused publications are also published in the city. It is the principal city of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Archer, Clay, and Wichita counties.According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 104,553, making it the 38th-most populous city in Texas. Importantly, when you compare Wichita Falls to other communities of similar population, then Wichita Falls crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. The downtown area is generally considered to be east of the Arkansas River, west of Washington Street, north of Kellogg and south of 13th Street. In 1920, two local oilmen invited Chicago aircraft builder Emil "Matty" Laird to manufacture his designs in Wichita, leading to the formation of the Swallow Airplane Company. During World War II, the site hosted Wichita Army Airfield and Boeing Airplane Company Plant No. [44][46] A number of fast food franchises started in Wichita, beginning with White Castle in 1921 and followed by many more in the 1950s and 1960s including Pizza Hut in 1958. By 1954, all non-military air traffic had shifted to the new Wichita Mid-Continent Airport west of the city. K-254 begins at I-235's interchange with I-135 in north-central Wichita and exits the city to the northeast. to print your map. [44][47], Wichita has been a focal point of national political controversy multiple times in its history. [134] The oldest mall, Wichita Mall, was for many years largely a dead mall, but has since been converted into office space. [192] As of 2009, its holdings included more than 1.3 million books and 2.2 million items total.[193]. [69] The high temperature reaches or exceeds 90 °F (32 °C) an average of 62 days a year and 100 °F (38 °C) an average of 12 days a year. Riverside is northwest of downtown, across the Arkansas River, and surrounds the 120-acre (0.49 km2) Riverside Park. [89], It is the birthplace of famous restaurants such as White Castle and Pizza Hut. However, the state has a significantly higher rate of child incarceration than the nation, generally, and a higher rate of the state taking children from their homes. [131], Located immediately east of downtown is Old Town, the city's entertainment district. Links will be updated year-round as new data are posted, and new sources will be added as we discover them. [57], The city lies on the Arkansas River near the western edge of the Flint Hills in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains. It was also home of the minor-league National Baseball Congress and the site of the Congress's annual National Tournament. [61], According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 163.59 sq mi (423.70 km2), of which 159.29 sq mi (412.56 km2) is land and 4.30 sq mi (11.14 km2) is water. Wichita is the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area which had an estimated population of 644,888 in 2018.. It became a destination for cattle drives traveling north from Texas to Kansas railroads, earning it the nickname "Cowtown".[12][13]. The aircraft corporations E. M. Laird Aviation Company (the nation's first successful commercial airplane manufacturer), Travel Air (started by Beech, Stearman and Cessna), Stearman, Cessna, Beechcraft and Mooney were all founded in Wichita between 1920 and early 1932. [95] In 2016, Wesley Healthcare opened Wesley Children's Hospital, the first and only children's hospital in the Wichita area. The Coleman Factory Outlet and Museum was at 235 N St. Francis street and was the home of the Coleman Lantern until it closed in 2018. [225] The Hospital Corporation of America manages a fourth general hospital, Wesley Medical Center, along with satellite locations around the city. [156], With over 50,000 students, Wichita USD 259 is the largest school district in Kansas. Bus service is provided daily north towards Salina and west towards Pueblo, Colorado by BeeLine Express (subcontractor of Greyhound Lines). Carmel High School. The Original Pizza Hut Museum is also located on the Wichita State University campus for pizza lovers and fans to visit. Wichita is also home to two sports museums, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Also, country trio Lady Antebellum recorded the song "Golden" for their fifth studio album of the same name. Penner, Marci, editor, and Richard Harris, contributor, in ", Historic photos of Wichita African-American community, Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Sedgwick County Memorial Hall and Soldiers and Sailors Monument, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, "The Air Capital Story: Early General Aviation & Its Manufacturers", "Travel Translator: Your guide to the local language in Wichita". [204], Wichita is the principal city of the Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas television market, which comprises the western two-thirds of the state. Texas ZIP code map and Texas ZIP code list. [83], The cost of living in Wichita is below average; compared to a U.S. average of 100, the cost of living index for the city is 84.0. Wichita is also home to one major indoor shopping mall: Towne East Square, managed by Simon Property Group. [214] Conflict with the Osage in the 1750s drove the Wichita further south. [55], Downtown Wichita is at 37°41′20″N 97°20′10″W / 37.68889°N 97.33611°W / 37.68889; -97.33611 (37.688888, −97.336111), at an elevation of 1,299 feet (396 m). Wichita is mentioned in the songs "Wichita Skyline" by Shawn Colvin, "I've Been Everywhere" by Hank Snow, and "Captain Bobby Stout" by local musician Jerry Hahn. Shawnee, Lake Quivira, Lenexa, Shawnee Mission, S... Lenexa, Shawnee, Shawnee Mission, Shawnee Msn, Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, Shawnee Msn, Stanley. Old Town is also part of downtown; this 50-acre area is home to a cluster of nightclubs, bars, restaurants, a movie theater, shops, and apartments and condominiums, many of which make use of historical warehouse-type spaces. The city was also at one time the headquarters of the former Derby Oil Company, which was purchased by Coastal Corporation in 1988. What's on City-Data.com. [48] In 1991, thousands of anti-abortion protesters blockaded and held sit-ins at Wichita abortion clinics, particularly the clinic of George Tiller. [194] Colloquially known as The Eagle, it was created from the 1960s merger of the city's two principal newspapers: The Wichita Eagle and The Wichita Beacon. Kansas ZIP code map and Kansas ZIP code list. Other old west figures lived in Wichita for a while: James Earp, Cassius M. Hollister, Bat Masterson, Ed Masterson, James Masterson. [116] Much of that growth is attributed to attractive musical acts at the festival.[117]. The Wichita Eagle, which began publication in 1872, is the city's major daily newspaper. It was the scene of a nationally followed First Amendment struggle[133] and was visited by Allen Ginsberg in 1966 (the name had been changed to the Magic Theatre Vortex Art Gallery) where he first read his long poem "Wichita Vortex Sutra.". Since healthcare needs remain fairly consistent regardless of the economy, this field was not subject to the same pressures that affected other industries in the early 2000s. Cessna, meanwhile, started his own company in Wichita in 1927. Further east lies Chisholm Creek, which joins the Arkansas in the far southern part of the city. [82], As of the 2010 census, there were 382,368 people, 151,818 households, and 94,862 families residing in the city. [240] UP's OKT Line runs generally north-south through the city; north of downtown, the line consists of trackage leased to BNSF. [99] As of 2013, the median home value in the city was $117,500, the median selected monthly owner cost was $1,194 for housing units with a mortgage and $419 for those without, and the median gross rent was $690. cities. the area that you are interested in, select from the options below Small art galleries are scattered around the city with some clustered in the districts of Old Town, Delano and south Commerce street. "[14] Textron Aviation, Learjet, Airbus, and Spirit AeroSystems continue to operate design and manufacturing facilities in Wichita, and the city remains a major center of the American aircraft industry. [83], Wichita is the principal city of both the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Wichita-Winfield Combined Statistical Area (CSA). The International Student Association at Wichita State University presents an annual international cultural exhibition and food festival, on the campus at WSU, providing an inexpensive sampling of global culture and cuisine to the general public. [236][237] Two smaller airports, Riverside Airport and Westport Airport, are in west Wichita. [221] Kansas Gas Service provides utility natural gas. [29] As a result, Wichita became a railhead for the cattle drives, earning it the nickname "Cowtown". [187][188][189][190], The Wichita Public Library is the city's library system, presently consisting of a central facility, the Advanced Learning Library in Delano and six branch locations in other neighborhoods around the city. [165] The U.S. Air Force operates McConnell Air Force Base immediately southeast of the city. To the south, from east to west, are Derby and Haysville. [36] The careers and fortunes of future oil moguls Archibald Derby, who later founded Derby Oil, and Fred C. Koch, who established what would become Koch Industries, both began in Wichita during this period. Airbus maintains a workforce in Wichita, and Bombardier (parent company of Learjet) has other divisions in Wichita as well. [115] In 2011, the festival was moved from May to June because of rain during previous festivals. [31][32] By 1890, Wichita had become the third-largest city in the state after Kansas City and Topeka with a population of nearly 24,000. American Idol finalists Phil Stacey and Arthur Gunn have lived in Wichita. [25][28] By the middle of the decade, the cattle trade had moved west to Dodge City. About 12.1% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over. [161] With over 800 employees, including more than 600 commissioned officers, it is the largest law enforcement agency in Kansas. The fairs vary in length from one day to a week, typically at Sedgwick County Park or Newman University. The racial makeup of the city was 71.9% White, 11.5% African American, 4.8% Asian, 1.2% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 6.2% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. A Juneteenth event and parade also are common annual events. WSU has more than 14,000 students and is the third-largest university in Kansas. 400 in west-central Wichita. [16][107][108][109] In early 2012, Boeing announced it would be closing its Wichita plant by the end of 2013,[110] which paved the road for Spirit Aerosystems to open its plant. [84][85] The Wichita MSA encompasses Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, and Sumner counties and, as of 2010, had a population of 623,061, making it the 84th largest MSA in the United States. Males had a median income of $42,783 versus $32,155 for females. In 1917, Clyde Cessna built his Cessna Comet in Wichita, the first aircraft built in the city. Most major rock'n'roll and pop-music stars, and virtually all country music stars, perform there during their career. [238][239], Two Class I railroads, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad (UP), operate freight rail lines through Wichita. Two more of the Arkansas's tributaries lie west of its course; from east to west, these are Big Slough Creek and Cowskin Creek. [30], Rapid immigration resulted in a speculative land boom in the late 1880s, stimulating further expansion of the city. Wichita has several recognized areas and neighborhoods. [129] The zoo is next to Sedgwick county park and Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum. [132], Moody's Skidrow Beanery, at 625 E. Douglas in what was to become Old Town, was one of the more famous places in Wichita in the 1960s. In late winter, shortly before the Academy Awards ceremonies, the films—including all nominated documentary, live action, and animated shorts—are presented, free, at the Library and in local theaters and other venues around Wichita. In addition, Century II has been used for professional wrestling tournaments, sporting-goods exhibitions, and other recreational activity. The Koch family, specifically Charles and David Koch (Koch Industries), prominent billionaires, political activists, philanthropists, were born and raised in Wichita. Notable people from the entertainment industry have attended the festival.[124]. Several lie along the Arkansas River west of downtown, including the Exploration Place science and discovery center, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, the Old Cowtown living history museum, and The Keeper of the Plains statue and its associated display highlighting the daily lives of Plains Indians. [34], In 1914 and 1915, deposits of oil and natural gas were discovered in nearby Butler County. [180], Three universities have their main campuses in Wichita. One third of the bikeways were added between 2011, when the plan was still in development, and 2018. Numerous politicians and government employees were born, raised, lived in Wichita. That summer, Mead and others organized the Wichita Town Company, naming the settlement after the Wichita tribe. Jim Lehrer, who was a journalist, novelist, and news anchor for PBS NewsHour, was born and attended grade school in Wichita. [40] Initial construction of Wichita Municipal Airport finished southeast of the city in 1935. Professional teams include the Wichita Thunder ice hockey team and Wichita Force indoor football team. [citation needed] The Sedgwick County Zoo in the northwest part of Wichita is the most popular outdoor tourist attraction in the state of Kansas, and is home to more than 2,500 animals representing 500 different species. Interstate 35, as the Kansas Turnpike, enters the city from the south and turns northeast, running along the city's southeastern edge and exiting through the eastern part of the city. The Kansas Spine Hospital opened in 2004, as did a critical care tower at Wesley Medical Center. Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 139,684,244: Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019: 64.0%: Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 Wichita Transit also operates a demand response paratransit service with 320,800 passenger trips annually. Wichita (/ˈwɪtʃɪtɔː/ WITCH-i-taw)[8] is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas[5][9] and the county seat of Sedgwick County. [83], The median age in the city was 33.9 years. Many departments and agencies of the U.S. Government have facilities in Wichita. [145] The city is also the setting of the long-running comic strip Dennis the Menace. Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, also along the Arkansas River, has 24 themed gardens including the Butterfly Garden and the award-winning Sally Stone Sensory Garden. The council sets policy for the city, enacts laws and ordinances, levies taxes, approves the city budget, and appoints members to citizen commission and advisory boards. U.S. Route 54 and U.S. Route 400 run concurrently through Wichita as Kellogg Avenue, the city's primary east-west artery, with interchanges, from west to east, with I-235, I-135, and I-35. [184][185], Several colleges and universities based outside Wichita operate satellite locations in and around the city. A. [83], Of the 151,818 households, 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. It hosts several universities, large museums, theaters, parks, shopping centers, and entertainment venues, most notably Intrust Bank Arena and Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center. Wichita also has a number of parks and recreational areas such as Riverside park, College Hill park, and McAdams Park. [96], Thanks to the early 20th-Century oil boom in neighboring Butler County, Kansas, Wichita became a major oil town, with dozens of oil exploration companies and support enterprises. Enclosed within east-central Wichita is Eastborough. Concerts are also regularly performed by the nationally noted schools of music at Wichita's two largest universities.[113][114]. Additionally, Dan and Frank Carney (Pizza Hut), Clyde Cessna (Cessna Aircraft), Walter Beech and Olive Ann Beech (Beech Aircraft), Bill Lear (Lear Jet), Lloyd Stearman (Stearman Aircraft), William Coleman (Coleman Company), billionaire Phil Ruffin (Treasure Island Hotel and Casino) all were raised or lived in Wichita. [166] The campus of the Robert J. Dole Department of Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center is on U.S. 54 in east Wichita. The annual Wichita Black Arts Festival, held in the spring, celebrates the arts, crafts and creativity of Wichita's large African-American community. Miner (Wichita State Univ. [27][30][51] Intrust Bank Arena opened downtown in 2010. McConnell Air Force Base is in the extreme southeast corner of the city. It has featured events, musical entertainment, sporting events, traveling exhibits, cultural and historical activities, plays, interactive children's events, a flea market, river events, a parade, block parties, a food court, fireworks, and souvenirs for the roughly 370,000+ patrons who attend each year. As a result of the 1944 flood, the idea for the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway (locally known as the "Big Ditch") was conceived. [227] Several federal and state highways pass through the city. [citation needed] The Wichita Business Journal is a weekly newspaper that covers local business events and developments. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. K-96, an east-west route, enters the city from the northwest, runs concurrently with I-235 through north-central Wichita, turns south for approximately a mile, running concurrently with I-135 before splitting off to the east and traveling around northeast Wichita, ultimately terminating at an interchange with U.S. 54/U.S. Rowe, Frank J. We have over 74,000 city photos not found anywhere else, graphs of the latest real estate prices and sales trends, recent home sales, a home value estimator, hundreds of thousands of maps, satellite photos, demographic data (race, income, ancestries, education, employment), geographic data, state profiles, crime data, registered sex offenders, cost of … A. Hyde founded health care products maker Mentholatum in Wichita in 1889. [14] By 1931, Boeing (of Seattle, Washington) had absorbed Stearman, creating "Boeing-Wichita", which would eventually grow to become Kansas' largest employer. [59][60], The Arkansas follows a winding course, south-southeast through Wichita, roughly bisecting the city. For representative purposes, the city is divided into six districts with one council member elected from each. Wichita is also home to McConnell Air Force Base,[15][16] and Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, the largest airport in Kansas. Athletes including Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders,[250] Basketball Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard, and UFC flyweight fighter Tim Elliott were all born and/or raised in Wichita. Towne East is home to four anchor stores, and has more than 100 tenants. Though designed as temporary housing, all have remained occupied into the 21st Century, most becoming low-income neighborhoods. Throughout the year, Region 9 Education Service Center applies for various federal grants. The Wichita Public Library's Academy Awards Shorts program is reportedly the oldest annual, complete, free public screening outside of Hollywood of the full array of short films nominated for an Academy Award ("Oscar"). [156] Since 1917, it has had a council–manager form of government. Wichita also utilizes local online news and event sites such as 360Wichita.com which has operated in Wichita since 1999. Snow depth of at least an inch occurs an average of 15 days a year. [58] The area's topography is characterized by the broad alluvial plain of the Arkansas River valley and the moderately rolling slopes that rise to the higher lands on either side. [218], Westar Energy provides electric power. Wichita State University is the third-largest post-secondary institution in the state. A second large indoor shopping mall, Towne West Square, has seen all major and many smaller tenants leave and was put into foreclosure in 2019. [135] There are also two large outdoor shopping centers, Bradley Fair on the city's north-east side and NewMarket Square on the city's north-west side, each with over 50 stores spread out on several acres. [90][91] A survey of well-known Kansas-based brands conducted by RSM Marketing Services and the Wichita Consumer Research Center showed many of the top 25 Kansas-based brands such as Koch, Coleman, Cessna, Pizza Hut, Beechcraft, Freddy's and more are based in Wichita. Wichita Falls (/ ˈ w ɪ tʃ ɪ t ɑː / WITCH-i-tah) is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, Texas, United States. would like to have printed using the map on the page. The University of Kansas School of Medicine has one of its three campuses in Wichita. [41] The city experienced a population explosion during the war when it became a major manufacturing center for the Boeing B-29 bomber. Looking at a map of Texas cities, you will notice multiple large cities such as Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Lubbock and El Paso. Wichita's former Congressman, Motion Picture Association President Dan Glickman, has served as Honorary Chair of the event, and some of the filmmakers have attended and visited with the audiences. [26][54], Wichita Mid-Continent Airport was officially renamed Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport after the Kansas native and U.S. President in 2015. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Wichita, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978. Larger museums began participating and staying open late on Final Fridays shortly after its beginning. [250] Musician Joe Walsh, founding member of the band James Gang and later member of The Eagles, is from Wichita. The Newman Jets are NCAA Division II teams which compete in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, and cheer/dance. Wichita is home to oil & natural gas organizations Kansas Strong and Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association (KIOGA), Koch Industries and Cargill, the two largest privately held companies in the United States,[97] both operate headquarters facilities in Wichita. Our innovative technology includes the POLYGON™ search tool that allows users to define their own search areas on a map and a Plan Commute feature that helps users search for rentals in … [30] The area had a reputation for violence until local lawmen, Wyatt Earp among them, began to assertively police the cowboys. [191] The library operates several free programs for the public, including special events, technology training classes, and programs specifically for adults, children, and families. The county courthouse is downtown, and most departments of the county government base their operations in the city.[164]. Intrust Bank Arena, downtown, is a 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the Wichita Thunder. The city's two main air shows, which are generally held in alternating years, are the city-sponsored civilian Wichita Flight Festival[125] (originally the "Kansas Flight Festival") and the military-sponsored McConnell Air Force Base Open House and Airshow. [141] Other films wholly or partially set in the city include Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979),[142] Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987),[143] The Ice Harvest (2005),[144] and Knight and Day (2010). The city became an aircraft production hub known as "The Air Capital of the World. [250] Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture, began his political career in Wichita, first on the local school board, then as 4th district Congressman.[251]. Only 0.5% used it to get to or from work. 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