We finished up Monday at Oakdale Park in Salina, and shared stories during our 5 & 6 p.m. newscasts.
Salina is home to about 47,000 people, and is at the heart of major traffic through Kansas, at the intersection of I-70 and I-135. Salina’s love of arts and music are clear in its sculpture tour, murals, theatres and entertainment venues.
The aviation history of Salina started with the Smoky Hill Army Airfield (later the Smoky Hill Air Force Base) in World War II, with B-17s and B-29s stationed there. Later named the Schilling Air Force Base, it was closed in the mid 1960s. Now the Salina Airport, it’s long runway made history with Steve Fossett’s Global Flyer mission.
Manufacturing and industry are key parts of the community’s economy with Tony’s Pizza/Schwan’s, Phillips and several other industrial employers in town.
Things to do in Salina:
- Visit Salina
- Salina Community Theatre
- Stiefel Theatre
- Cozy Inn
- Salina Chamber of Commerce
- Salina Sculpture Tour
- Salina Public Parks
- Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park
- Smoky Hill Museum
- Rolling Hills Zoo
- Tony’s Pizza Event Center
- Salina Art Center
Community & Government:
Notable events, people & heritage:
- Astronaut Steve Hawley
- Governor Bill Graves (1995-2003)
- Steve Fossett’s Global Flyer, solo non-stop flight around the world; Steve Fossett sets around-the-world record
Sponsors: Visit Salina, Salina Community Theatre
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