Created By: Wichita History Walk
The Victory Arch, also known as Memorial Arch, was built over Douglas Street at Broadway to commemorate the end of World War I in 1919. The effort was spearheaded by Walter Vincent who spent $1,800 of his own money and raised $6,400 more from citizen contributions. A parade honoring returning soldiers was held May 9th, and a dedication ceremony was held May 16th. Problems arose soon after, including the arch's effect on traffic. Less than a year later, city officials considered moving the Arch to Riverside Park but this was considered impractical. It was removed in 1920 after Mr. Vincent was reimbursed for his contribution.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Downtown Wichita