Rotary historical plaque -- Wichita KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 37° 41.212 W 097° 20.068
14S E 646853 N 4172378
Quick Description: A plaque installed by the Wichita Rotary Club commemorates some oddball history at corner of E Douglas St and S Topeka Ave in downtown Wichita.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 5/1/2013 1:05:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMH0AR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
On 13 Oct 1885 the first electric lightbulb Wichitans had ever seen in their city lit up the night at the corner of E Douglas Ave and S Topeka Street in downtown Wichita KS.

Many decades later, the Wichita Rotary Club installed a plaque at this location to commemorate the event.

The plaque is on the south side of the cute Southwestern Life building in downtown Wichita KS. It reads as follows:


On October 8, 1885
First Electric Light
In Wichita Was Demonstrated
At This Location
[Rotary symbol]

Rotary Club of Wichita 1950"

Note: This Colonial Williamsburg-style building was built in 1960, so it itself is NOT the site the the event. Source: (visit link)

"In 1960 John Naftzger announced plans to move his bank from its original facility at 326 East Douglas to a new banking house of traditional Williamsburg colonial architecture complimented by furnishings representative of the era. This unique building which continues as Southwest’s main bank today was completed in 1964." [end]
Plaque or monument: Plaque

Placed by?: Rotary Club of Wichita KS

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