Pushed Out

Somos de Wichita/We are Wichitans

Pushed Out

Courtesy Sanborn Map Company

From the 1910s through the 1940s, a group of Mexican American families had lived south of 21st along Topeka. In World War II, however, the local lumber yard expanded and the small wooden houses were demolished or physically moved west of Broadway. In this Sanborn Map from 1950, the lumber yard has been pasted over the former La Topeka neighborhood but the faint yellow squares of the relocated houses from a prior map are still barely visible.

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