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KFDX | 7.31.19

New Bike Rack Unveiled Downtown

A new bike rack was unveiled downtown this morning thanks to a donation from Marvin Groves Electric Co., Inc. Today is Joseph Kemp's birthday and the train depot theme illustrates how important railroads were to our city in its early days.#cityofwf #wichitafalls

Posted by Official City of Wichita Falls, TX on Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Video provided by the Official City of Wichita Falls

If you pass Gidget’s Sandwich Shack this week you will see a new addition to the sidewalk.

The Downtown Wichita Falls Development unveiled a brand new bike rack Wednesday on what would be Joseph Kemp’s 158 birthday.

In 1906, Kemp chartered the Wichita Falls and Northwest Railway Company of Texas and constructed a rail line into the wheat-producing region of Oklahoma, when it became the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway. Kemp organized the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad, which connected Wichita Falls with the coal fields around Newcastle near Graham in Young County, Texas. He also established the Wichita Falls and Wellington, which linked Wichita Falls and Wellington in Collingsworth County, Texas. Kemp served as president of each of these rail companies. In 1911, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas purchased Kemp’s remaining lines, including the eighteen miles of the Wichita Falls Railway. Kemp hence helped to make Wichita Falls the hub city of northern and western Texas railroads.

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The design of the bike shows the importance of the railroad and how it built our city.

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