General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, sits at the wheel of his jeep somewhere in France as he prepares to drive to meet representatives of each Allied country to deliver his Christmas message to all Allied forces December 1944. (AP Photo)
An area near Hopewell that had previously been affected by the Dust Bowl. This photograph, taken June 9, 1944, shows some of the results of the Great Plains Shelterbelt project, which was designed to restore the area's soil.
Walter and Olive Ann Beech look out over the wartime production line, seemingly overflowing with airplanes. The photograph apparently used mirrors to make the factory output look even more daunting to any Axis spy who might happen upon it.
Coleman company flier.
Old Coleman lanterns.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortresses wait for delivery at the Boeing Wichita plant in this undated photo.
Boeing B-29 Superfortresses under construction at the Boeing Wichita plant in this undated photo.
A Beechcraft Bonanza Model 35 airplane in flight. Aviation pioneers Walter H. and Olive Ann Beech founded the Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita in 1932.
A prototype of a Dymaxion House, designed by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The house, constructed in Rose Hill, was made of aluminum and used tension suspension from a central column or mast. This model was one of only two prototypes ever produced. Fuller hoped to convert the Beech aircraft factory in Wichita to produce these houses to give returning veterans jobs and to help resolve the shortage of homes after World War II. In 1991 the William Graham family donated it to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Mich.
In Feb. 1945, Boeing employees attached currency and coins for the March of Dimes to the 1,000th B-29 delivered from Wichita. The contributions to fight polio totaled $10,562. Boeing's Wichita division built nearly 1,800 B-29s before production ended.
War-era Beech assembly line.
War-era Beech assembly line.
With the dual wheels of the main landing gear and two of the four 2,000-horsepower engines, a B-29 Superfortress begins to take shape as the 17-ton main/center wing section is lowered to join the fuselage bomb bay section at the Wichita Boeing plant Oct. 13, 1944.
The size of the bomb bays on Boeing B-29 Superfortresses is illustrated where the bomb bay sections are mounted in jigs in the Wichita Boeing plant Aug. 8, 1944. Ribs of the bomb bay (called circumferentials) are shown hanging on the racks in the foreground.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress shown in flight in an undated photo.
A U.S. Army B-29 Superfortress bomber plane, with its bomb bay doors open, in mid-flight on July 25, 1944, during World War II. The major destructive force of the Boeing B-29 was the specially-designed twin bomb bays arranged to carry either large or small bombs in a mixed load.
Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower visits paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division at the Royal Air Force base in Greenham Common, England, three hours before the men board their planes to participate in the first assault wave of the invasion of the continent of Europe, June 5, 1944.
Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower, in Koblenz, Germany, reacts to the news that Gen. Douglas MacArthur had been relieved as U.N. Commander in the Far East by President Truman April 11, 1951.
Men and women working on B-29 Superfortress airplanes at the Boeing plant in Wichita in 1943.
Dwight D. Eisenhower in World War II.
The original Pizza Hut in Wichita.
The Kansas Department of Transportation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Interstate 70, built in 1956, marking the beginning of the federal highway system.
1956 Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the first section of interstate highway completed under the Federal Highway Act.
Before boarding a plane for the long flight to Brazil's new capital, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives a farewell salute to Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Preston, commander of the 72nd Bombardment Wing and his host at Ramey Air Force base, Feb. 23, 1960. At right is Col. William G. Draper, the president's personal pilot.
President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower seated with Vice President-elect Richard Nixon in November 1952.
The Herb Clutter family farm home, near Holcomb, where the father, mother and two children were gagged, bound and shot to death. Authorities are shown carrying one of the bodies from the home to the ambulance at left. The bodies of Clutter, his wife, Bonnie, and their two children, Nancy and Kenyon, were found in the home early Nov. 15, 1959.
Author Truman Capote stands in the living room of the Clutter ranch house, where four members of the Kansas family were murdered in 1959. Capote's account of the crime and its solution, "In Cold Blood", was a best-seller. Despite critical comment, Capote declared his "non-fiction novel" was an advance in literature.
Perry Edward Smith, left, and Richard Eugene Hickock as they appeared at the time of their trial in 1960 for the slaying of the Clutter family in Holcomb. It was the state's most famous murder case, even without the notoriety brought by Truman Capote's novel "In Cold Blood."
Herbert and Bonnie Clutter and their children Nancy and Kenyon are shown in undated photos. The family was murdered in their Holcomb home in November 1959 in the case that became famous as the subject of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood." Their killers, Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, were hanged at Lansing Correctional Facility, known then as the Kansas State Penitentiary.
President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower have smiles for each other as they sit in a limousine at Washington National Airport, March 21, 1960, after a reunion aboard the presidential plane, the Columbine III. The President met Mrs. Eisenhower upon her return from a two-week Arizona vacation. They had not seen each other for a month.
President Dwight Eisenhower inspects his glasses before starting a speech at the White House, March 8, 1960. The president's nationwide television and radio address discussed his recent trip to South America.
President Dwight Eisenhower is surrounded by a motorcade driving through the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo Feb. 25, 1960. The banner reads "Mayor Adhemar salutes Eisenhower" in Portuguese.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, and Mamie Geneva Doud pose on a Sunday morning in Nov. 1915, one month after their first meeting. Eisenhower was stationed in Fort Sam Houston, near San Antonio. They married on July 1, 1916.
An informal portrait of the "First Lady of Aviation," Olive Ann Beech, co-founder and President of Beech Aircraft Corp., standing by an airplane propeller. Beech was born and raised on a farm south of Waverly, Kansas. She attended business college in Wichita and worked for Travel Air Manufacturing Co. before marrying Walter H. Beech on Feb. 24, 1930. In 1932, they co-founded Beech Aircraft Corp. After her husband's death in 1950, Beech assumed the position of president of the corporation, and was named chairwoman emeritus after her retirement in 1982. She brought the company through fifty years of growth and from 10 employees to 10,000. Her honors include: Woman of the Year (1951), Kansan of the Year (1958) and nomination to the NASA Space Shuttle Study Committee (1971).
A photograph of Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's locomotive 1073 pulling a box car and caboose through Alma. Visible in the photograph is the train depot and water tank.
Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at Kansas State University's Convocation Series Jan. 19, 1968, about the future of integration. This was King's last speech on a university campus before his death on April 4, 1968.
Robert F. Kennedy speaks at a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University March 18, 1968. Kennedy's speech was titled "Conflict in Vietnam and at Home."
A Vietnam War protest, year unknown.
Senator Robert Kennedy stands atop an automobile in a light rain as Kansas University surround him after a speech in Lawrence March 19, 1968. The newly declared Presidential candidate had attacked administration policies in Vietnam in the speech.
The funeral for a firefighter killed in the Yingling Chevy building fire Nov. 21, 1968, in Wichita. The fire chief and three firefighters died fighting the fire.
Rescue workers remove victims from the WSU crash scene in Colorado, Oct. 2, 1970.
A charred football helmet photographed at the scene of the Oct. 2, 1970, Wichita State plane crash in Colorado.
Scene of the Wichita State plane crash in Colorado, Oct. 2, 1970.
Jim Ryun becomes the first American to break the 4-minute mile record with a run of 3.59 for East High School in Wichita in 1964. He went on to break the record three more times while in high school. Ryun's high school record time of 3:55.3 stood for 36 years.