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In hybrid country, car drives you

In hybrid country, car drives you

I have been, since adolescence, a "car guy." Over the years I have owned something like 50 cars, trucks and motorcycles, the vast majority of which where manufactured in the 1960s and '70s. Most were purchased for less than $1,000; the cheapest was the fully operational 1960 Ford Falcon that I bought for $25.

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Murdock: Boomer and buster

Murdock: Boomer and buster

The power of the press was used to make — and break — this city.

Colonel Marshall Marcellus Murdock, founder and editor of the Wichita Eagle, was one of the key figures in creating rampant real estate speculation in Wichita, and he was also a major factor in bursting the bubble.

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Municipal Airport

Municipal Airport

An art deco jewel in Wichita's Air Capital crown.

In a city that has long traded on its legendary status as the world's Air Capital, one cannot be faulted for puzzling over the fact that promotion of our fine Kansas Aviation Museum seems to fall so low on the city's list of priorities.

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Where the streets have historically relevant names (Part 3)

Where the streets have historically relevant names (Part 3)

In the past two editions of Wichitarchaeology, we have examined the origins of some of Wichita's place names — in particular, Bleckley Drive (named for World War I hero Lt. Erwin Bleckley) and Hoover's Orchard (a residential neighborhood which was once a hugely successful commercial orchard run by the Hoover family).

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