Secret Wichita: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure


(2 customer reviews)




Title: Secret Wichita: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
Author: Vanessa Whiteside
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781681064932
Price: $27.00

Where in the city can you find an underground troll, an alley crawling with spiders, or a bar hidden behind a bookcase? Secret Wichita: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure takes you on an adventure to find the city’s interesting places and artifacts, unveiling the stories of people that make it unique.

Discover a warehouse of military tanks and a room of ancient coffins. Find out where to conduct a paranormal investigation, follow the yellow brick road, and view an extensive collection of sewing machines. Locals probably remember Joyland amusement park, but do they know the story of the Giant Thriller rollercoaster once located on an island in the middle of the city? How about the electric guitar’s debut in Wichita? Or Pizza Hut’s sauce recipe written on a napkin?

Learn the stories of people who left their mark, like mischief-maker Carry Nation, the original Buffalo Bill, and aviation pioneer Olive Ann Beech. Which man is responsible for establishing the city and naming it? Crack the spine of the book to find out.

Wichita native Vanessa Whiteside is your storytelling guide to off-beat locations and tucked-away treasures. Whether you’re a Wichitan or a tourist exploring the city for the first time, you’ll get to know a different side of the Doo-Dah.


If you’ve lived in Wichita long enough, you probably know of a few hidden gems around town. Maybe you’re aware of a bit of our city’s history that isn’t well-known.

Anything goes in this fun & fast pace segment which features a talk with author Vanessa Whiteside about her new book Secret Wichita.

Additional information

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 in

2 reviews for Secret Wichita: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

  1. Kelly Eighmy

    Oh my gosh, Vanessa did it again. This Secret Wichita book is amazing. I was born and raised here, my husband and I can’t wait to check ✔️ out everything and keep a record in our signed book.

  2. Kera

    I love reading about local towns. This book will for sure add to our adventures and add a little extra to our day dates. I’m always sharing random facts with my clients and really looking forward to sharing a few of these with them.

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