Wichita

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Wich·i·ta

geographical name \ˈwi-chə-ˌt\

Definition of WICHITA

1
city S cen Kansas on Arkansas River pop 344,284
2
river 250 miles (402 kilometers) N Texas flowing ENE into Red River

Wichita

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2000: 344,284), south-central Kansas, U.S. On the Arkansas River, the city was founded in 1864 as a trading post on the site of a Wichita Indian village; it developed with the Texas cattle trade along the Chisholm Trail and the rapid spread of agricultural settlement along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co. In the 1870s it was a major cattle-shipping centre. It developed as a centre of the aircraft industry in the 1920s. Aircraft construction continues; other economic activities include oil refining, grain processing and storage, and livestock marketing.

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