Old Images of Wichita, Kansas

Wichita Kansas 1912

Glimpse history through old photos of Wichita, Kansas, in the USA.

Old Photos of Wichita

Jami Frazier Tracy, the Curator of Collections at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, introduces old photos of showing some of Wichita’s early people and places as well as key events from the twentieth century.

Historical Wichita photographs still fascinate today – Wichita Eagle on YouTube

Boys Loyalty Parade 1924

On Theurday, May 1st, 1924, a parade of more than a thousand local young men processed through downtown Wichita, watched by crowds of local people along the streets and officials standing on a viewing platform in front of the Kansas Theater (221) the Walk-Over boot Shop (219) and Taylor’s Cafeteria (217 E Douglas).

It was organised by the Wichita Rotary Club, and made Kansas one of 48 states to take part in this youth demonstration of loyalty to the nation.

The film footage was captured from 100 block of East Douglas looking west towards the Broadview Hotel (view of the Holland Theater, 118 E. Douglas and the Rothenberg at 128), and looking East to the Eaton Hotel and beyond (including the Kress at 224 and Innes at 300).

BOYS LOYALTY PARADE Wichita, Kansas May 1,1924 – WichitaHistory on YouTube

The parade includes:

  • American Indian Institute
  • Kiwanis and Lions Clubs
  • YMCA
  • Boy Scouts
  • Allison
  • Roosevelt
  • Hamilton
  • Harry Street
  • Ingalls
  • Horace Mann
  • Cathedral schools
  • unidentified group of African American young men
  • an unidentified girls and boys band

Wichita Then & Now

See how some of the city’s locations have changed over the decades, thanks to old photos shown with images of the same locations in 2016.

Before and after photos of Wichita – Wichita Eagle on YouTube

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