Wichita was on the trail and had rail service. Wichita prospered. After the cattle drives came stage coaches and horse and buggy drivers.serving passengers off the Arkansas Valley Interurban Railway and heading for west Kansas. To capture the travellers' business, in 1921 the Broadview Hotel was built on the banks of the Arkansas River right in the middle of town. The Broadview was grand in every way with a rooftop promenade offering an all around view of the city below.
On August 1 you will have a chance to celebrate frontier history in Wichita and meet some 21st century pioneers. The Broadview will reopen after a 15 month renovation. The lobby grandeur is restored, but the stone arch on the east side is still engraved with "Freight Station". Two hundred modern rooms await. And the pioneers? The hotel's 9 woman housekeeping staff. They are long-time employees. Management wanted to reward their loyalty. They were offered, and accepted jobs on the construction crew, tearing down walls, breaking tile with jack hammers, caulking, carrying and cleaning up. The construction job Superintendent says he would hire them again. He probably won't have the chance because on August 1 they will be busy, again, keeping house and making history.