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Living in Maize
Sitting just northwest of Wichita, the Maize Town Company founded Maize in 1886 as the first stop outside of Wichita on the Wichita and Colorado Railway. The town's post office and first church opened the same year. The city began to grow rapidly in 1950, more than doubling in size by 1956. Their growth has continued, accelerating in recent years. With the slogan, "Where Community Counts," Maize is all about its residents. They host an annual Arbor Day Celebration, City Wide Garage Sale, and Fall Festival.
An Interesting History
- The 1895 survey of Maize shows two 80-foot-wide avenues crossing to form the center of town. Albert Avenue went east-west, and Park Avenue was north-south.
- By 1895, Maize had its own newspaper, The Weekly Maize Critic. It was published every Friday evening by Orlie H. Reid and five yearly subscriptions cost $1. One could also buy a year's subscription with new potatoes.
- Grasshoppers plagued Maize in 1936, merely one of a long line of natural catastrophes of the 30s and 40s. 1934 and 1935 were dry years, part of the Dust Bowl. In 1944, however, Maize was hit with a flood.
- During World War II, the Woodard Elevator burned and German prisoners of war were brought in to help clean up the area. Vera Blake owned the Maize Cafe and was ordered by the U.S. government to feed the POWs three times a day. The people of Maize would also watch as the prisoners would occasionally sing in front of the building in which they were housed.
- In 1964, an Air Force F-105 fighter crashed into a field. Fortunately, the pilot parachuted out and was unhurt. However, Dennis Jones, the operator of Maize Mills, had a heart attack while watching this and passed away.
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