Wichita KS

All About Wichita, KS

Archeological evidence suggests that people have lived near the confluence of the Little Arkansas and Arkansas rivers for five thousand years. A Spanish expedition in 1541 found the area populated by the Quivira (or Wichita) people, who were driven further south in the 1750s due to conflict with the Osage.

In 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase from France, Wichita came under U.S. control. Kansas became a territory in 1854 and then a state in 1861. The Wichita people returned to the area in 1863 after being driven from their land by Confederate forces during the Civil War. They went back in 1867, but while they were there, trader Jesse Chisholm established a trading post along what came to be known as the Chisholm Trail. This drew in other traders and investors, and by 1870, they had incorporated the city of Wichita.

The city was nicknamed “Cowtown” as it was a major destination for cattle drives heading north from Texas to access railroads, and the Sante Fe Railway reached Wichita in 1872. Across the Arkansas River was the lawless entertainment destination for cattlemen, Delano, which eventually became part of Wichita after the cattle trade moved west to Dodge City. One of the lawmen trying to get Delano under control was Wyatt Earp.

Wichita has seen booms in land speculation, oil and natural gas, and airplane manufacturing. It has seen steady growth since the 1970s.

LK Anderson DDS & Periodontics in Wichita, KS

Dr. Lana Anderson loves serving the people of Wichita and the surrounding area. Our practice offers periodontal treatment that brings in patients from as far away as Florida, and we hope that newcomers to the area enjoy everything Wichita has to offer while you’re in town!

What We Love About Wichita

Wichita is a great city to live in or to visit. If you get the chance, make sure to check out the Sedgwick County Zoo, home to 3,000 animals from 400 different species. If you’re more interested in plants than animals, you could check out Botanica: The Wichita Gardens instead. There are over 4,000 species of plants to see across 18 acres of stunning gardenscaping.

If you’re interested in the history of the area, stop by the Old Cowtown Museum, made of several original 1800s buildings. Other local museums include the Museum of World Treasures, the Wichita Art Museum, and the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Anyone looking for a good place to eat should try Redrock Canyon Grill, just an 11-minute drive from LK Anderson DDS. Their steaks are excellent and the Persimmon Hill Meatloaf is incredible.