Sunday, August 26, 2007

Douglas Avenue

Douglas Avenue is a main street running east and west, through the heart of downtown Wichita. In it's early days it was a dirt road traveled by; horseback, covered wagons, buggies, and early Automobiles. Eventually, this road was "paved" with red brick, and as time progressed most of the brick has been replaced, or covered with blacktop and/or concrete. Douglas is the dividing line between "north" and "south" Wichita addresses.

This is a "looking east" view along Douglas. The building with Saturn painted on it, is a hair salon, called Planet Hair.
There are pubs, cafes, antique shops, and other businesses. One of the cafe's along this view is the The Old Mill Tasty shop, it's a great place to enjoy good food in an old fashioned soda shop and cafe. I highly recommend their Chicken Salad Sandwich and Turtle Sundae.

A retired Santa Fe train engine rests atop the railroad bridge(it's always there, no longer used), and is a part of the Great Plains Transportation Museum.

Emporia street is one way, going North only, and downtown Wichita's speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

Also note: the Eaton Hotel (shown earlier on this blog) is hidden by the trees in the right side of the photo. The Eaton Hotel is located close to where Wichita's early day passenger train station was. The old train station building is still there, but today it's an upscale steak house. Wichita hasn't had passenger train service for many years, but many trains travel through the city, hauling loads of all kinds of "stuff".

1 comment:

Annie said...

It looks like one might be able to navigate this city fairly well. Just know Douglas and Emporia and you can find your way?