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


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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.


"It's a GET UP AND GO kind of book." Entrepreneurs are created when action is taken on the idea/dream burning inside. Vanessa took action and her life, her One Delightful Life, is the result.

Vanessa Whiteside is spilling Wichita’s secrets. Whiteside, a travel blogger and writer, again draws on her natural curiosity and the love of her hometown for her second Wichita-centric book published through Reedy Press.

Today's guest is Vanessa Whiteside. This is Vanessa’s second time on the podcast. The first was to promote her book 100 Things to Do in Wichita Before You Die. This time we talk about her newest book, Secret Wichita, a

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

5 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.

  3. Jen

    Love this book!! So many interesting things to see and do that I didn’t know existed! A must buy for those who live here or are just visiting and want to explore our wonderful city.

  4. Jennifer

    For anyone who likes to discover more! This book encourages us to keep uncovering the gems of our hometown as we explore it. A great guide on where to go, what to do, and what to see in Wichita!

  5. Michael D. Williams

    I have lived in Wichita since 1979
    and my hats off to Vanessa for finding these best kept secrets. I love her writing style, so easy to read, and 2 pages with pictures dedicated to each secret. 95 percent of these secrets I have never heard of and I have lived here 44 years.

    Vanessa writes in such a way that it causes me to want to saddle up my Chevy Silverado and go seek these places of interest and explore these hidden jewels that Vanessa has researched so splendidly.

    Well done Vanessa and thank you. I can’t wait to tell my friends. My twin granddaughters and I have some places to go now and research. They are 14 years old now and they love history.

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