Wichita is located at the confluence of two rivers, which was used for 11,000 years as a major trading post for nomadic people in the area. Wichita was incorporated in 1870 and functioned as a major cattle drive destination from Texas. It was located along the Chrisholm Trail. Wichita’s economic beginnings as an important cattle drive destination is where it’s nickname “Cowtown” is derived.
Wyatt Earp spent time in Wichita, Kansas doing law enforcement activities as the cowboys passing through the area could get a little rough at times.
In 1900, Carrie Nation, with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union led a crusade in Wichita against alcohol, drawing national attention.
Interestingly, Coleman, Pizza Hut, Mentholatum, White Castle, Taco Tico, and Koch Industries all get their start in Wichita, Kansas. This is an area that has been the center of some fairly strong political struggles including those involving race and alcohol.
We have not been able to find historical details specifically about Brooks Middle School. However, the recent rape and murder of Chelsea Brooks in 2006, a student at Allison Middle School may be worth noting in regard to this report and the possibility that her last name “Brooks” may have confused some people who heard the story of this event.
Reports that locker 303 is haunted by the spirit of a little girl who was stuffed into the locker after being raped and murdered in the auditorium.
The Wichita Eagle. The Chelsea Brooks Case. Retrieved December 24, 2009 from http://www.kansas.com/chelseabrooks/
The Spirit Society (n.d.). Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved December 24, 2009 from http:/s2.excoboard.com/exco/archive.php?ac=t&forumid=91647&date=11-14-2005&t=5…
Shadowlord (1998). The Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 16, 2008 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/kansas.htm
Wikipedia (2009). Wichita, Kansas. Retrieved December 24, 2009 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita,_Kansas
3802 E. 27th St. North Wichita KS Kansas United States