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Salina is a city in and the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Saline County
Saline County, Kansas
Saline County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 55,606...

, Kansas
Kansas
Kansas is a US state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 47,707. Located in one of the world's largest wheat
Wheat
Wheat is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East, but now cultivated worldwide. In 2007 world production of wheat was 607 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize and rice...

-producing areas, Salina is a regional trade center for north-central Kansas
North Central Kansas
North Central Kansas is a tourism and geographical region of the state of Kansas. The west counties are Smith, Osborne and Russell counties. The southern counties extend to Russell, Ellsworth, Saline and Dickinson...

. Salina is also the principal city of the Salina, Kansas micropolitan statistical area.

History


Settlers led by journalist and lawyer William A. Phillips
William A. Phillips
William Addison Phillips was a U.S. Representative from Kansas.Born in Paisley, Scotland, Phillips attended the common schools of Paisley....

 founded Salina in 1858. In the next two years, the territorial legislature
Kansas Legislature
The Kansas Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kansas. It is a bicameral assembly, composed of the lower Kansas House of Representatives, composed of 125 Representatives, and the upper Kansas Senate, with 40 Senators...

 chartered the town company, organized the surrounding area as Saline County, and named Salina the county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

. The westernmost town on the Smoky Hill Trail, Salina established itself as a trading post
Trading post
A trading post was a place or establishment in historic Northern America where the trading of goods took place. The preferred travel route to a trading post or between trading posts, was known as a trade route....

 for westbound immigrants, prospector
Prospecting
Prospecting is the physical search for minerals, fossils, precious metals or mineral specimens, and is also known as fossicking.Prospecting is a small-scale form of mineral exploration which is an organised, large scale effort undertaken by mineral resource companies to find commercially viable ore...

s bound for Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak is a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, west of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in El Paso County in the United States of America....

, and area Native American
Native Americans in the United States
Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii. They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which survive as...

 tribes. The town's growth halted with the outbreak of the American Civil War
American Civil War
The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

 when much of the male population left to join the U.S. Army
United States Army
The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services...

. In 1862, local residents fended off Native American raiders only to fall victim to a second assault by bushwhackers later that year. Growth returned with the soldiers after the war, and, with the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
The Union Pacific Railroad , headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. James R. Young is president, CEO and Chairman....

 in 1867, the town expanded rapidly. Salina was incorporated
Municipal corporation
A municipal corporation is the legal term for a local governing body, including cities, counties, towns, townships, charter townships, villages, and boroughs. Municipal incorporation occurs when such municipalities become self-governing entities under the laws of the state or province in which...

 as a city in 1870.

The cattle trade arrived in 1872, transforming Salina into a cowtown. The trade brought the city further prosperity, but also a rowdy culture that agitated local residents, and thus relocated westward just two years later. During the 1870s, wheat
Wheat
Wheat is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East, but now cultivated worldwide. In 2007 world production of wheat was 607 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize and rice...

 became the dominant crop in the area, steam-powered flour mills were built, and agriculture became the engine of the local economy. In 1874, Salina resident E. R. Switzer introduced alfalfa
Alfalfa
Alfalfa is a flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in the US, Canada, Argentina, France, Australia, the Middle East, South Africa, and many other countries. It is known as lucerne in the UK, France, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, and known as...

 to area farmers, and its cultivation began to spread throughout the state. By 1880, the city was an area industrial center with several mills, a carriage and wagon factory, and a farm implement
Agricultural machinery
Agricultural machinery is machinery used in the operation of an agricultural area or farm.-Hand tools:The first person to turn from the hunting and gathering lifestyle to farming probably did so by using his bare hands, and perhaps some sticks or stones. Tools such as knives, scythes, and wooden...

 works. Salina was also the location of the first garment factory of jeans maker Lee
Lee (Jeans)
Lee is a brand of denim jeans, first produced in 1889 in Salina, Kansas. The company is owned by VF Corporation, the largest apparel company in the world. Its headquarters is currently in Merriam, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri...

 which opened in 1889. Over the following decade, three railroads were built through the city. The success of the wholesale
Wholesale
Wholesaling, jobbing, or distributing is defined as the sale of goods or merchandise to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users, or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services...

 and milling
Mill (grinding)
A grinding mill is a unit operation designed to break a solid material into smaller pieces. There are many different types of grinding mills and many types of materials processed in them. Historically mills were powered by hand , working animal , wind or water...

 industries drove Salina's growth into the early 1900s such that, at one point, it was the third-largest producer in the state and the sixth-largest in the United States.

In 1943, the U.S. Army established Smoky Hill Army Airfield southwest of the city. The installation served as a base for strategic bomber
Strategic bomber
A strategic bomber is a heavy bomber aircraft designed to drop large amounts of ordnance onto a distant target for the purposes of debilitating an enemy's capacity to wage war. Unlike tactical bombers, which are used in the battle zone to attack troops and military equipment, strategic bombers are...

 units throughout World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. Renamed Smoky Hill Air Force Base in 1948, the base closed the following year only to be reopened in 1951 as Schilling Air Force Base
Schilling Air Force Base
Schilling Air Force Base is a former a United States Air Force Base located three nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Salina, a city in Saline County, Kansas, United States...

, part of Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command
The Strategic Air Command was both a Major Command of the United States Air Force and a "specified command" of the United States Department of Defense. SAC was the operational establishment in charge of America's land-based strategic bomber aircraft and land-based intercontinental ballistic...

. The re-opening of the base triggered an economic boom in Salina, causing the city's population to increase by nearly two-thirds during the 1950s. The U.S. Department of Defense
United States Department of Defense
The United States Department of Defense is the U.S...

 closed the base permanently in 1965, but the city of Salina subsequently acquired it and converted it into Salina Municipal Airport
Salina Municipal Airport
Salina Municipal Airport is a public-use airport located three nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Salina, a city in Saline County, Kansas, United States. It is owned by the Salina Airport Authority....

 and an industrial park
Industrial park
An industrial park is an area zoned and planned for the purpose of industrial development...

. This led to substantial industrial development, attracting firms such as Beechcraft
Beechcraft
Beechcraft is an American manufacturer of general aviation and military aircraft, ranging from light single engine aircraft to business jets and light military transports. Previously a division of Raytheon, it has been a brand of Hawker Beechcraft since 2006....

, and made manufacturing a primary driver of the local economy.

In the decades since, Salina has continued to be the commercial hub of north-central Kansas, serving as a regional center for trade, transportation, and industry.

Geography



Salina is located at 38°49′27"N 97°36′26"W (38.824267, -97.607205) at an elevation of 1224 feet (373.1 m). It lies in the Smoky Hills
Smoky Hills
The Smoky Hills are an upland region of hills in the central Great Plains of North America. They are located in the central United States, encompassing north-central Kansas and a small portion of south-central Nebraska. The hills are a dissected plain covered by tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie...

 region of the Great Plains
Great Plains
The Great Plains are a broad expanse of flat land, much of it covered in prairie, steppe and grassland, which lies west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada. This area covers parts of the U.S...

 approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west-southwest of the confluence of the Saline
Saline River (Kansas)
The Saline River is a tributary of the Smoky Hill River in the central Great Plains of North America. The entire length of the river lies in the U.S. state of Kansas. The river takes its name from the French translation of its Native name Ne Miskua, referring to its salty content.-Geography:The...

 and Smoky Hill River
Smoky Hill River
The Smoky Hill River is a river in the central Great Plains of North America, running through the U.S. states of Colorado and Kansas.-Names:The Smoky Hill gets its name from the Smoky Hills region of north-central Kansas through which it flows...

s. The Smoky Hill River runs north then northeast through the eastern part of the city; the Saline River flows southeast immediately north of the city. Mulberry Creek, a tributary of the Saline, flows northeast through the far northern part of the city. Located in north-central Kansas at the intersection of Interstate 70
Interstate 70
Interstate 70 is an Interstate Highway in the United States that runs from Interstate 15 near Cove Fort, Utah, to a Park and Ride near Baltimore, Maryland. It was the first Interstate Highway project in the United States. I-70 approximately traces the path of U.S. Route 40 east of the Rocky...

 and Interstate 135
Interstate 135
Interstate 135 is a 95.7-mile-long Interstate Highway in central and south-central Kansas, USA. I-135 runs between the cities of Salina and Wichita. The interstate's northern terminus is at the junction of Interstate 70 and its southern terminus is with Interstate 35 .Until 1976, I-135 was...

, Salina is approximately 81 miles (130.4 km) north of Wichita
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area...

 and 164 miles (263.9 km) west of Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. It encompasses in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties...

.

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, the city has a total area of 22.76 square mile, of which 22.73 square mile is land and 0.04 square mile (0.18%) is water.

Climate


Lying in the transition zone between North America's humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa)
Humid subtropical climate
A humid subtropical climate is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters...

 and humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa)
Humid continental climate
A humid continental climate is a climatic region typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot summers and cold winters....

, Salina experiences hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The average temperature in Salina is 55 °F (13 °C), and the average relative humidity
Relative humidity
Relative humidity is a term used to describe the amount of water vapor in a mixture of air and water vapor. It is defined as the partial pressure of water vapor in the air-water mixture, given as a percentage of the saturated vapor pressure under those conditions...

 is 64%. Temperatures drop below 32 °F (0 °C) an average of 135 days per year. On average, Salina experiences 52 rainy days per year. Precipitation averages 32.3 inches (820 mm) per year, and snowfall averages 18.4 inches (467 mm) per year. On average, January is the coolest month, July is the warmest month, and May is the wettest month. The hottest temperature recorded in Salina was 117 °F (47.2 °C) in 1936; the coldest temperature recorded was -28 F in 1913. Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 19 °F (-7.2 °C) in January to an average high of 93 °F (33.9 °C) in July.

Salina is also prone to severe thunderstorms, which produce damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes. On September 25, 1973, a tornado measuring F3
Fujita scale
The Fujita scale , or Fujita-Pearson scale, is a scale for rating tornado intensity, based primarily on the damage tornadoes inflict on human-built structures and vegetation...

 passed through the southeast part of town, injuring six people, destroying two houses and the Sundowner East trailer park. On June 11, 2008, another EF3 tornado passed on the south side of the town, severely damaging several buildings.

Demographics



As of the 2010 census, there were 47,707 people, 19,391 households, and 12,024 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 2,092.4 people per square mile (807.9/km²). There were 20,803 housing units at an average density of 916.4 per square mile (353.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.2% White
White American
White Americans are people of the United States who are considered or consider themselves White. The United States Census Bureau defines White people as those "having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa...

, 3.7% African American
African American
African Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have at least partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa and are the direct descendants of enslaved Africans within the boundaries of the present United States...

, 2.3% Asian
Asian American
Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent. The U.S. Census Bureau definition of Asians as "Asian” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan,...

, 0.5% American Indian
Native Americans in the United States
Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United States, parts of Alaska, and the island state of Hawaii. They are composed of numerous, distinct tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which survive as...

, 0.1% Pacific Islander
Pacific Islander American
Pacific Islander Americans, also known as Oceanian Americans, are residents of the United States with original ancestry from Oceania. They represent the smallest racial group counted in the United States census of 2000. They numbered 874,000 people or 0.3 percent of the United States population...

, 3.8% from some other race, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic
Hispanic
Hispanic is a term that originally denoted a relationship to Hispania, which is to say the Iberian Peninsula: Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal and Spain. During the Modern Era, Hispanic sometimes takes on a more limited meaning, particularly in the United States, where the term means a person of ...

s and Latino
Latino
The demonyms Latino and Latina , are defined in English language dictionaries as:* "a person of Latin-American descent."* "A Latin American."* "A person of Hispanic, especially Latin-American, descent, often one living in the United States."...

s of any race were 10.7% of the population.

There were 19,391 households of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39, and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males age 18 and over.

As of 2009, the median income for a household
Median household income
The median household income is commonly used to generate data about geographic areas and divides households into two equal segments with the first half of households earning less than the median household income and the other half earning more...

 in the city was $40,584, and the median income for a family was $53,958. Males had a median income of $37,589 versus $26,768 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $22,424. About 8.6% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Salina is the anchor city of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area
Salina micropolitan area
The Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of two counties in Kansas, anchored by the city of Salina....

, which includes all of Saline and Ottawa
Ottawa County, Kansas
Ottawa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 6,091. The largest city and county seat is Minneapolis...

 counties.

Economy



Manufacturing
Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the use of machines, tools and labor to produce goods for use or sale. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale...

 is the predominant industry in Salina. Agriculture transportation is also a major industry, and Salina's grain elevators are visible from miles away.
This agrarian emphasis is even reflected in a local Catholic Church
Catholic
The word catholic comes from the Greek phrase , meaning "on the whole," "according to the whole" or "in general", and is a combination of the Greek words meaning "about" and meaning "whole"...

, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral (Salina, Kansas)
Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, Kansas, United States is the cathedral parish for the Catholic Diocese of Salina. It is the second cathedral for the diocese after Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Concordia, Kansas when the See was located there.-History:...

, which is built in white cylindrical shapes intriguingly like grain silos. However, Salina has several other important employers. The city also has a strong manufacturing
Manufacturing
Manufacturing is the use of machines, tools and labor to produce goods for use or sale. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale...

 base. Tony's Pizza, a Schwan Food Company
Schwan Food Company
The Schwan Food Company is a multibillion-dollar, privately owned company with 17,000 employees in the United States. Based in Marshall, Minnesota, the company sells frozen foods from home-delivery trucks, in grocery-store freezers, by mail and to the food service industry...

 brand, has operations in Salina. Tony's makes consumer retail frozen pizza
Pizza
Pizza is an oven-baked, flat, disc-shaped bread typically topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.Originating in Italy, from the Neapolitan cuisine, the dish has become popular in many parts of the world. An establishment that makes and sells pizzas is called a "pizzeria"...

s as well as food intended for school cafeterias and other institutions. Additionally, Philips Lighting
Philips
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. , more commonly known as Philips, is a multinational Dutch electronics company....

, Exide Battery, Great Plains Manufacturing (farm equipment), ElDorado National
ElDorado National
ElDorado National is a bus manufacturer owned by Thor Industries. Heavy-duty buses are built in Riverside, California, and cutaway buses and mobility vans are built in Salina, Kansas.-Products:* Aerotech and similar lines of cutaway buses...

 (commercial bus manufacturer) and Asurion Corp. all have a presence in the community.

Government


Since 1921, Salina has had a commission-manager
Council-manager government
The council–manager government form is one of two predominant forms of municipal government in the United States; the other common form of local government is the mayor-council government form, which characteristically occurs in large cities...

 form of government. The city commission consists of five members elected at large
Plurality-at-large voting
Plurality-at-large voting is a non-proportional voting system for electing several representatives from a single multimember electoral district using a series of check boxes and tallying votes similar to a plurality election...

, one of whom the commission annually selects to serve as mayor
Mayor
In many countries, a Mayor is the highest ranking officer in the municipal government of a town or a large urban city....

. Commission candidates who receive the most and second most votes are elected for a four-year term; the candidate who receives the third most votes is elected for a two-year term. The commission sets policy and appoints the city manager
City manager
A city manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of a city, in a council-manager form of city government. Local officials serving in this position are sometimes referred to as the chief executive officer or chief administrative officer in some municipalities...

. The city manager is the city's chief executive, responsible for administering the city government and appointing all city employees.

Colleges and universities

  • Brown Mackie College
    Brown Mackie College
    Brown Mackie College is a collection of for-profit educational institutions for career preparation in the business, legal, health sciences, information technology, and creative fields. The system of schools has locations throughout the United States. The schools are owned by Education Management...

  • Kansas State University - Salina
    Kansas State University - Salina
    Kansas State University-Salina is a branch campus of Kansas State University, and the home of the University's College of Technology and Aviation. It is located in Salina, Kansas, United States.- College of Technology and Aviation :...

  • Kansas Wesleyan University
    Kansas Wesleyan University
    Kansas Wesleyan University is a private four-year Methodist college founded in Salina, Kansas in 1886. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church...

  • Marymount College
    Marymount College (Kansas)
    Marymount College was a four-year liberal arts college located in Salina, Kansas. Originally opened in 1922 as a women's college, Marymount was the first Catholic liberal arts college to open in the state....

     (now closed)
  • Salina Area Technical College

Primary and secondary education


Salina Public Schools (USD
Unified school district
A unified school district or unit school district is a school district which includes both primary school and high school under the same district control....

 305) operates twelve schools in Salina:
  • Coronado Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • Cottonwood Elementary School (K-5)
  • Grace E. Stewart Elementary School (K-5)
  • Heusner Elementary School (K-5)
  • Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School (K-5)
  • Oakdale Elementary School (K-5)

  • Schilling Elementary School (K-5)
  • Sunset Elementary School (K-5)
  • Lakewood Middle School (6-8)
  • Salina South Middle School (6-8)
  • Salina High School Central
    Salina High School Central
    Salina High School Central, often referred to as Salina Central, is a fully accredited public high school located in Salina, Kansas, serving students in grades 9-12. The school was known as Salina High School before the opening of Salina High School South in 1971...

     (9-12)
  • Salina High School South
    Salina High School South
    Salina High School South is a fully accredited public school located in Salina, Kansas, serving students in grades 9-12. The school serves approximately 1,162 students each year, and about 90% of the staff employed at the school are certified, including principal Linn Exline. The school colors are...

     (9-12)

There are also four private schools in Salina:
  • St. John's Military School
    St. John's Military School
    St. John's Military School, located in Salina, Kansas, is a private boarding military school for male students from grades 6 to 12. It aims to develop students' academic and leadership skills in a "military environment" overseen by a President, Academic Dean and Commandant of Cadets. It has the...

     (6-12), male only
  • St. Mary's Grade School (Pre-K-6), Catholic school
    Catholic school
    Catholic schools are maintained parochial schools or education ministries of the Catholic Church. the Church operates the world's largest non-governmental school system...

  • Salina Christian Academy (Pre-K-10)
  • Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School
    Sacred Heart High School (Kansas)
    Sacred Heart High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Salina, Kansas. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina.-History:...

     (7-12), Catholic school
    Catholic school
    Catholic schools are maintained parochial schools or education ministries of the Catholic Church. the Church operates the world's largest non-governmental school system...



Racial and Ethic Distribution of Public Schools in Salina, Kansas

Transportation



Interstate 70
Interstate 70
Interstate 70 is an Interstate Highway in the United States that runs from Interstate 15 near Cove Fort, Utah, to a Park and Ride near Baltimore, Maryland. It was the first Interstate Highway project in the United States. I-70 approximately traces the path of U.S. Route 40 east of the Rocky...

 and U.S. Route 40
U.S. Route 40
U.S. Route 40 is an east–west United States highway. As with most routes whose numbers end in a zero, U.S. 40 once traversed the entire United States. It is one of the original 1920s U.S. Highways, and its first termini were San Francisco, California, and Atlantic City, New Jersey...

 run concurrently
Concurrency (road)
A concurrency, overlap, or coincidence in a road network is an instance of one physical road bearing two or more different highway, motorway, or other route numbers...

 east-west north of Salina. Interstate 135
Interstate 135
Interstate 135 is a 95.7-mile-long Interstate Highway in central and south-central Kansas, USA. I-135 runs between the cities of Salina and Wichita. The interstate's northern terminus is at the junction of Interstate 70 and its southern terminus is with Interstate 35 .Until 1976, I-135 was...

 and U.S. Route 81
U.S. Route 81
U.S. Route 81 is one of the many United States Numbered Highways established in 1926 by the US Department of Agriculture Bureau of Public Roads....

 run concurrently north-south along the west side of the city. I-70/I-135 interchange northwest of the city is the northern terminus of I-135. K-140
K-140 (Kansas highway)
K-140 is a 33.1 mile long state highway in Ellsworth and Saline Counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. It connects Ellsworth to Salina. It was a former route used by U.S. Route 40.-Route description:...

, which approaches Salina from the southwest, formally ends at its interchange with I-135 before entering the city as State Street. North of Salina, the city's main north-south thoroughfare, Ninth Street, becomes K-143
K-143 (Kansas highway)
K-143 is a state highway in Saline County, Kansas. The route runs in a general north-south direction through lands mostly used for agriculture from an interchange at Interstate 70 in northern Salina, Kansas to a junction with U.S. Route 81 . The southern part of the route is a four-lane divided...

 at its interchange with I-70.

CityGo
CityGo
CityGo is a local subsidized bus service in Salina, Kansas operated by OCCK through partnership with the City of Salina and the Kansas Department of Transportation...

 is the local public transport bus service
Public transport bus service
Bus services play a major role in the provision of public transport. These services can take many forms, varying in distance covered and types of vehicle used, and can operate with fixed or flexible routes and schedules...

, operating four routes in the city (yellow, blue, red, purple). CityGo also provides intercity bus service to surrounding communities as NCK Express. Greyhound Lines
Greyhound Lines
Greyhound Lines, Inc., based in Dallas, Texas, is an intercity common carrier of passengers by bus serving over 3,700 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, operating under the well-known logo of a leaping greyhound. It was founded in Hibbing, Minnesota, USA, in 1914 and...

 provides long-distance bus service.

Salina Municipal Airport
Salina Municipal Airport
Salina Municipal Airport is a public-use airport located three nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Salina, a city in Saline County, Kansas, United States. It is owned by the Salina Airport Authority....

 is located immediately southwest of the city. Used primarily for general aviation
General aviation
General aviation is one of the two categories of civil aviation. It refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline and regular cargo flights, both private and commercial. General aviation flights range from gliders and powered parachutes to large, non-scheduled cargo jet flights...

, it hosts one commercial airline (SeaPort Airlines
SeaPort Airlines
SeaPort Airlines is an American regional airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon. It operates scheduled service from its hubs at Portland International Airport and Memphis International Airport...

) under the Essential Air Service
Essential Air Service
Essential Air Service is a U.S. government program enacted to guarantee that small communities in the United States, which, prior to deregulation, were served by certificated airlines, maintained commercial service. Its aim is to maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service to these...

 program.

The Kansas Pacific (KP) Line of the Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
The Union Pacific Railroad , headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the United States. James R. Young is president, CEO and Chairman....

 runs northeast-southwest through the northern part of the city. Salina is also the southeastern terminus of the Salina Subdivision of the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad
The Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad is a shortline railroad operating in the western United States.The tracks Kansas and Oklahoma operate on include the Kansas City-Colorado main line formerly operated by the Missouri Pacific and later Union Pacific railways....

.

Radio


The following radio stations are licensed to and/or broadcast from Salina:

AM
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Frequency Callsign Format City of License
City of license
A city of license or community of license, in American and Canadian broadcasting, is the community that a radio station or television station is officially licensed to serve by that country's broadcast regulator....

Owner Notes
550 KFRM
KFRM
KFRM is a radio station licensed to Salina, Kansas, USA, but broadcasts from studios in Clay Center, Kansas. The station is currently owned by Taylor Communications...

News
News Radio
News Radio can refer to:* NewsRadio, the NBC sitcom which aired from 1995–1999.* News radio, the all-news or news/talk radio format....

/Talk
Talk radio
Talk radio is a radio format containing discussion about topical issues. Most shows are regularly hosted by a single individual, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests. Talk radio typically includes an element of listener participation, usually by broadcasting live...

Salina, Kansas Taylor Communications, Inc. Broadcasts from Clay Center, Kansas
Clay Center, Kansas
Clay Center is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,334.-Geography:Clay Center is located at...

910 KINA
KINA
KINA is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Salina, Kansas, USA, the station serves the Salina-Manhattan area. The station is currently owned by Eagle Communications....

News
News Radio
News Radio can refer to:* NewsRadio, the NBC sitcom which aired from 1995–1999.* News radio, the all-news or news/talk radio format....

/Talk
Talk radio
Talk radio is a radio format containing discussion about topical issues. Most shows are regularly hosted by a single individual, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests. Talk radio typically includes an element of listener participation, usually by broadcasting live...

Salina, Kansas Eagle Communications
1150 KSAL
KSAL (AM)
KSAL is a radio station that broadcasts a news radio and talk format. Licensed to Salina, Kansas, USA, it serves the Salina-Manhattan area. The station is currently owned by MCC Radio, LLC.-Early Legends:...

News
News Radio
News Radio can refer to:* NewsRadio, the NBC sitcom which aired from 1995–1999.* News radio, the all-news or news/talk radio format....

/Talk
Talk radio
Talk radio is a radio format containing discussion about topical issues. Most shows are regularly hosted by a single individual, and often feature interviews with a number of different guests. Talk radio typically includes an element of listener participation, usually by broadcasting live...

Salina, Kansas Morris Communications


FM
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Frequency Callsign Format City of License
City of license
A city of license or community of license, in American and Canadian broadcasting, is the community that a radio station or television station is officially licensed to serve by that country's broadcast regulator....

Owner Notes
88.5 KAKA
KAKA (FM)
KAKA is a radio station licensed to serve Salina, Kansas, USA. The station is owned by the American Family Association.KAKA broadcasts a religious radio format as an affiliate of American Family Radio.-History:...

Christian
Christian radio
Christian radio is a category of radio formats that focus on transmitting programming with a Christian message. In the United States, where it is more established, many such broadcasters play popular music of Christian influence, though many programs have talk or news programming covering...

Salina, Kansas American Family Association AFR
American Family Radio
American Family Radio is a network of more than 180 radio stations broadcasting Christian-oriented programming to over 40 states.-Overview:AFR was launched by Rev...

89.5 KHCD
KHCC-FM
KHCC-FM is a radio station a public radio format. Licensed to Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, the station serves the Wichita area. The station is currently owned by Hutchinson Community College and features programing from National Public Radio....

Public Salina, Kansas Radio Kansas-Hutchinson Community College NPR; Satellite of KHCC-FM
KHCC-FM
KHCC-FM is a radio station a public radio format. Licensed to Hutchinson, Kansas, USA, the station serves the Wichita area. The station is currently owned by Hutchinson Community College and features programing from National Public Radio....

, Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson is the largest city in and the county seat of Reno County, Kansas, United States, northwest of Wichita, on the Arkansas River. It has been home to salt mines since 1887, thus its nickname of "Salt City", but locals call it "Hutch"...

91.7 KCVS Christian
Christian radio
Christian radio is a category of radio formats that focus on transmitting programming with a Christian message. In the United States, where it is more established, many such broadcasters play popular music of Christian influence, though many programs have talk or news programming covering...

Salina, Kansas VCY America
92.7 KZUH-FM Top 40 Minneapolis, Kansas
Minneapolis, Kansas
Minneapolis is a city in and the county seat of Ottawa County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,032. Minneapolis is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.-Geography:...

Rocking M Radio Broadcasts from Salina
93.7 KYEZ
KYEZ
KYEZ is a radio station licensed to serve Salina, Kansas, USA. The station is owned by Morris Communications Company and the broadcast license is held by MCC Radio, LLC. The station was assigned the KYEZ call sign by the Federal Communications Commission.KYEZ broadcasts a country music...

Country
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

Salina, Kansas Morris Communications
95.5 KVOB
KVOB
KVOB is a radio station licensed to serve Lindsborg, Kansas, USA. The station is owned by Rocking M Radio, Inc.KVOB broadcasts an adult hits format branded as "Jack FM" to the greater Salina, Kansas, area...

Adult Hits
Adult hits
Adult hits is a radio format, popular in the early 2000s, that does not adhere to a specific music genre, but instead draws from a wider playlist...

Lindsborg, Kansas
Lindsborg, Kansas
Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,458. It is known for its association with Swedish heritage and the biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest...

Rocking M Radio Jack FM
Jack FM
JACK FM is the alternative name and on-air brand of 60 radio stations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia. Jack stations play a mix of 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s hits with some current hot adult contemporary singles. Jack's slogan "playing what we want" can also be...

; Broadcasts from Salina
96.5 K243BD Contemporary Christian Salina, Kansas Translator of KJRL-FM, Herington, Kansas
Herington, Kansas
Herington is a city in Dickinson and Morris counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. Named after its founder, Monroe Davis Herington. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,526.-19th century:...

99.9 KSKG
KSKG
KSKG is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Salina, Kansas, USA, the station serves the Salina-Manhattan area. The station is currently owned by Eagle Communications, Inc.-External links:...

Country
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

Salina, Kansas Eagle Communications
101.7 KDJM
KDJM
KDJM is a radio station licensed to Lindsborg, Kansas, USA. The station is currently owned by Radioactive, LLC.-KDJM History:Until December 15, 2005 The KDJM calls were used for former station "Jammin 92.5" Classic Soul and Jammin Oldies in Denver, Colorado....

Country
Country music
Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

Lindsborg, Kansas
Lindsborg, Kansas
Lindsborg is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,458. It is known for its association with Swedish heritage and the biennial Svensk Hyllningsfest...

Radioactive, LLC Broadcasts from Salina
104.9 KSAL-FM Classic Hits
Classic hits
Classic hits is a radio format which generally includes rock and pop music from 1964 to 1989. The term is sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for the adult hits format, but is more accurately characterized as a contemporary style of the oldies format...

Salina, Kansas Morris Communications
107.1 K296FD
KCCV-FM
KCCV is a radio station broadcasting a religious broadcasting music format. Licensed to Overland Park, Kansas, USA, the station is currently owned by Bott Broadcasting Company. The station is the flagship station for the Bott Radio Network.-Affiliate stations:...

Christian
Christian radio
Christian radio is a category of radio formats that focus on transmitting programming with a Christian message. In the United States, where it is more established, many such broadcasters play popular music of Christian influence, though many programs have talk or news programming covering...

Salina, Kansas Bott Broadcasting Company Translator of KCCV-FM
KCCV-FM
KCCV is a radio station broadcasting a religious broadcasting music format. Licensed to Overland Park, Kansas, USA, the station is currently owned by Bott Broadcasting Company. The station is the flagship station for the Bott Radio Network.-Affiliate stations:...

, Olathe, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas
Olathe is a city in and the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is also the fifth most populous city in the state, with a population of 125,872 at the 2010 census. As a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, Olathe is the fourth-largest city in the...


Television


Salina is in the Wichita
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area...

-Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson, Kansas
Hutchinson is the largest city in and the county seat of Reno County, Kansas, United States, northwest of Wichita, on the Arkansas River. It has been home to salt mines since 1887, thus its nickname of "Salt City", but locals call it "Hutch"...

 television market which covers the western two-thirds of the state. Cox Communications
Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television, telecommunications and wireless services in the United States...

 is the main cable system serving the city. Salina is home to the only Public, educational, and government access
Public, educational, and government access
Public, educational, and government access television, refers to three different cable television specialty channels...

 (PEG) cable TV channels in the state. Cox customers can see local programming and create their own programming to be shown on channels 20 and 21.

The following television station
Television station
A television station is a business, organisation or other such as an amateur television operator that transmits content over terrestrial television. A television transmission can be by analog television signals or, more recently, by digital television. Broadcast television systems standards are...

s are licensed to and/or broadcast from Salina:
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Digital Channel Digital Subchannel Analog Channel Callsign Network City of License
City of license
A city of license or community of license, in American and Canadian broadcasting, is the community that a radio station or television station is officially licensed to serve by that country's broadcast regulator....

Notes
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15 K15CN
K15CN
K15CN is a television station in Salina, Kansas. As a TBN owned-and-operated station, it is currently a repeater that broadcasts programming from the Trinity Broadcasting Network, via satellite. The station broadcasts its analog signal on UHF channel 15....

TBN
Trinity Broadcasting Network
The Trinity Broadcasting Network is a major American Christian television network. TBN is based in Costa Mesa, California, with auxiliary studio facilities in Irving, Texas; Hendersonville, Tennessee; Gadsden, Alabama; Decatur, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; and New...

Salina, Kansas TBN satellite repeater
17 17.1 - KAAS-TV
KSAS-TV
KSAS-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Wichita, Kansas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 from a transmitter in Colwich. The station can also be seen on Cox channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 2004...

Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Broadcasting Company, commonly referred to as Fox Network or simply Fox , is an American commercial broadcasting television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Launched on October 9, 1986, Fox was the highest-rated broadcast network in the...

Salina, Kansas Satellite of KSAS-TV
KSAS-TV
KSAS-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Wichita, Kansas. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 26 from a transmitter in Colwich. The station can also be seen on Cox channel 4 and in high definition on digital channel 2004...

, Wichita, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area...

17.2 TheCoolTV
TheCoolTV
THECOOLTV is a United States over-the-air digital subchannel launched in March 2009. The network's current program schedule consists of an all-music video lineup that can be customized to meet an affiliate's preference, along with the three hours per week of E/I programming as required by the...

-
41 KSKV-LP
Salina, Kansas
47 47.1
KSNL-LD
KSNL-LD
KSNL-LD channel 47 is a low-powered NBC affiliate based in Salina, Kansas. It is owned by the New Vision Television group. KSNL is part of the Kansas State Network network of NBC affiliates, repeating the signal of KSNW in Wichita, Kansas, with local advertising and news inserts. KSNL is broadcast...

NBC
NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

Salina, Kansas Satellite of KSNW
KSNW
KSNW, digital channel 45 , is a NBC affiliate television station based in Wichita, Kansas. It is owned by the New Vision Television group. KSNW is also the flagship station of the Kansas State Network , a chain of NBC affiliates serving the western three-fourths of the state. KSNW's transmitter is...

, Wichita, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area...

-
51 KHDS-LP
Kake
Kake may refer to:* Kake, Alaska* Kake, Ethiopia* Kake, Hiroshima* Kake, a character created by Tom of Finland* Kake , the actual execution of a technique* KAKE-TV, channel 10 serving Wichita, Kansas...

ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

Salina, Kansas Translator of KAKE
Kake
Kake may refer to:* Kake, Alaska* Kake, Ethiopia* Kake, Hiroshima* Kake, a character created by Tom of Finland* Kake , the actual execution of a technique* KAKE-TV, channel 10 serving Wichita, Kansas...

, Wichita, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area...


Religion


Salina has 90 churches and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina
Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina is a Roman Catholic diocese covering thirty-one counties in Kansas. The episcopal see is in Salina, Kansas...

, Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas
Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas, created in 1971, is the diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America with jurisdiction over western Kansas. It was formerly the Episcopal Diocese of Salina and is in Province 7...

, and the Presbytery of Northern Kansas.

Sports

  • Salina formerly hosted the Kansas Cagerz
    Kansas Cagerz
    The Kansas Cagerz are a United States Basketball League team located in Salina, Kansas. The head coach is currently Francis Flax. The Kansas Cagerz won the USBL Championship in 2007 defeating the Brooklyn Kings 95-92 in Enid, Oklahoma. 2007 was announced as the final year for head coach Francis Flax...

     and Salina Rattlers
    Salina Rattlers
    The Salina Rattlers was a professional basketball club based in Salina, Kansas that competed in the International Basketball Association beginning in the 2000-2001 season. The team folded along with the IBA after the 2000-2001 season....

     basketball
    Basketball
    Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

     teams.
  • Salina hosts the National Junior College Athletic Association
    National Junior College Athletic Association
    The National Junior College Athletic Association , founded in 1938, is an association of community college and junior college athletic departments throughout the United States. It is held as Divisions and Regions. The current NJCAA holds 24 separate regions.-History:The idea for the NJCAA was...

     Division I women's basketball national tournament
    NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship
    -1975-1991:*NOTE: From 1975 to 1991, the NJCAA had only one class for women's basketball-Division I:-Division II:-Division III:-See also:*NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship*NJCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship...

     each season in the Bicentennial Center
    Bicentennial Center
    The Bicentennial Center is a 7,583-seat multi-purpose arena, in Salina, Kansas. It was opened in 1979. It was home to the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League and in the past it was home to the Salina Rattlers of the now defunct International Basketball Association.The Bicentennial...

    .
  • Salina hosted the Women's Big 8
    Big Eight Conference
    The Big Eight Conference, a former NCAA-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association that sponsored football, was formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association by its charter member schools: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University...

     basketball tournament at the Bicentennial Center
    Bicentennial Center
    The Bicentennial Center is a 7,583-seat multi-purpose arena, in Salina, Kansas. It was opened in 1979. It was home to the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League and in the past it was home to the Salina Rattlers of the now defunct International Basketball Association.The Bicentennial...

    . When the Big 8 became the Big 12
    Big 12 Conference
    The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of ten schools located in the Central United States, with its headquarters located in Las Colinas, a community in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Irving...

    , the tournament was moved to Kansas City, Missouri
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. It encompasses in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties...

    .
  • Salina hosts the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Class 4A State Wrestling
    Wrestling
    Wrestling is a form of grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position...

     Tournament as well as the Class 3A & 4A Volleyball Tournaments and the Class 4A State Softball Tournament.

In popular culture

  • The 1980 teen comedy film Up the Academy
    Up the Academy
    MAD Magazine Presents Up the Academy is an American teen comedy film released in 1980, with a plot about the outrageous antics of a group of misfits at a military school.-Production:...

    was filmed entirely in Salina, mostly on the campus of St. John's Military School
    St. John's Military School
    St. John's Military School, located in Salina, Kansas, is a private boarding military school for male students from grades 6 to 12. It aims to develop students' academic and leadership skills in a "military environment" overseen by a President, Academic Dean and Commandant of Cadets. It has the...

    .
  • Scenes in the 1955 movie Picnic, starring William Holden
    William Holden
    William Holden was an American actor. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1954 and the Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1974...

     and Kim Novak
    Kim Novak
    Kim Novak is an American film and television actress. She began her career with her roles in Pushover and Phffft! but achieved greater prominence in the 1955 film Picnic...

    , were filmed in Salina (arrival of the train at the beginning of the movie, The Bensons' mansion)
  • Millie Dillmount, the fictional main character in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie
    Thoroughly Modern Millie
    Thoroughly Modern Millie is a 1967 American musical film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The screenplay by Richard Morris focuses on a naive young woman who finds herself in the midst of a series of madcap adventures when she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss.The...

    , is from Salina. She leaves home for New York City
    New York City
    New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and...

    , determined never to return, as depicted in the opening number, "Not for the Life of Me."
  • In Alfred Hitchcock
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was a British film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in British cinema in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood...

    's 1958 film Vertigo
    Vertigo (film)
    Vertigo is a 1958 psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes. The screenplay was written by Alec Coppel and Samuel A...

    , the character of Judy Barton, played by Kim Novak
    Kim Novak
    Kim Novak is an American film and television actress. She began her career with her roles in Pushover and Phffft! but achieved greater prominence in the 1955 film Picnic...

    , comes from Salina.
  • Bluegrass band The Avett Brothers
    The Avett Brothers
    The Avett Brothers is a folk rock band from Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett and Seth Avett, who play the banjo and guitar respectively, and Bob Crawford who plays the stand-up bass. Joe Kwon, cello, and Jacob Edwards, drums, are touring members of...

     have a song titled "Salina".
  • In Shawn Colvin
    Shawn Colvin
    Shawn Colvin is an American singer-songwriter and musician.-Childhood and early career:Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota. Her formative years were spent in the town of Carbondale, Illinois, where she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She learned to play guitar at the age...

    's song, "Wichita Skyline" (from the 1996 album A Few Small Repairs
    A Few Small Repairs
    A Few Small Repairs is Shawn Colvin's fourth album. It was released on October 1, 1996.A Few Small Repairs is a concept album about divorce, as Shawn Colvin's marriage was ending. At the time of the album's release, she had relocated to Austin, Texas. The biggest single off the album was "Sunny...

    ), she sings "As far as Salina I can get that good station from LaRue / I'm searching the dial while I'm scanning the sky for a patch of blue / And I watch the black clouds roll in, chasing me back again / Back to the flat fine line, the Wichita skyline." However, she mispronounces the city as sa-LEE-na, as in Salinas, California
    Salinas, California
    Salinas is the county seat and the largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Salinas is located east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River, at an elevation of about 52 feet above sea level. The population was 150,441 at the 2010 census...

    . (LaRue is in Texas.)
  • The Cowboy Junkies
    Cowboy Junkies
    Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Margo Timmins , Michael Timmins , Peter Timmins and Alan Anton ....

     song "Townes' Blues" (from the 1992 album Black Eyed Man
    Black Eyed Man
    Black Eyed Man is a 1992 album by Cowboy Junkies.The album continues the band's evolution from a spare country blues style to a more mainstream country rock style...

    ) describes a trip from Boulder, Colorado
    Boulder, Colorado
    Boulder is the county seat and most populous city of Boulder County and the 11th most populous city in the U.S. state of Colorado. Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of...

    , to Houston, Texas
    Houston, Texas
    Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of . Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of , which is the ...

    , through Salina, though Canadian lead singer Margo Timmins
    Margo Timmins
    Margo Timmins is the lead vocalist of the Canadian band Cowboy Junkies. She is the sister of Michael Timmins, the band's lead guitarist and Peter Timmins, the band's drummer...

     also pronounces the city's name like Salinas, California.
  • The invitational supergroup The Book of Knots have a song entitled "Salina" on their second album Traineater.
  • Salina was largely destroyed in Ted Bell's 2008 novel Tsar, with only a Motel Six hotel, a park, and the surrounding area surviving. It was destroyed by a Russian bomber posing as an Iranian terrorist. The mayor had been assassinated a few days before the explosion.
  • In Dr. Seuss' book "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!" a street sign near the end of the book says "Salina Kansas Birthplace of Curtis A. Abel 2376 Miles->"
  • Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads is held every year in October at Blue Heaven Studio.

Notable people


Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Salina include:
  • Mary Ann Bickerdyke
    Mary Ann Bickerdyke
    Mary Ann Bickerdyke , also known as Mother Bickerdyke, was a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the American Civil War.She was born in Knox County, Ohio, to Hiram Ball and Annie Rodgers Ball...

    , American Civil War
    American Civil War
    The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

     nurse
  • Joseph L. Bristow
    Joseph L. Bristow
    Joseph Little Bristow was an American Republican politician from Kansas.Born outside Hazel Green, Kentucky, he moved to Kansas when he was twelve. He graduated from Baker University when he was 25....

    , U.S. Senator
    United States Senate
    The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

     from Kansas
  • Kurt Budke
    Kurt Budke
    Kurt Budke was an American college basketball coach. His final coaching job was as the head coach for the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls women's basketball team from 2005 until his 2011 death in a plane accident.-Career:...

    , head women's basketball coach at Oklahoma State
  • Bob Cain
    Bob Cain
    Robert Max Cain [Sugar] was a left-handed pitcher who played Major League Baseball from 1949 to 1954. Cain was born in Longford, Kansas and raised in Salina....

    , Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     pitcher
  • John W. Carlin
    John W. Carlin
    John William Carlin served as fortieth Governor of Kansas from 1979 to 1987, and Archivist of the United States from May 30, 1995, to February 15, 2005.-Biography:...

    , 40th Governor of Kansas
    Governor of Kansas
    The Governor of the State of Kansas is the head of state for the State of Kansas, United States. Under the Kansas Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the Kansas executive branch, of the government of Kansas. The Governor is the...

  • Kenneth S. Davis
    Kenneth S. Davis
    Kenneth Sydney Davis was a historian and university professor, most renowned for his series of biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Davis also wrote biographies of Charles Lindbergh, Adlai Stevenson, and authored the first biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, entitled Dwight D...

    , historian
  • Marlin Fitzwater
    Marlin Fitzwater
    Max Marlin Fitzwater was White House Press Secretary for six years under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, making him one of the longest-serving press secretaries in history.-Early life:...

    , White House Press Secretary
    White House Press Secretary
    The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the government administration....

  • Luke French
    Luke French
    Detective Sergeant Luke French is a fictional police officer of the Criminal Investigation Department within Wyvern Constabulary's, Holby South Police Station. His character is featured in Holby Blue, a spin-off of the long running medical drama Holby City.-Character history:Luke is one of the...

    , Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     pitcher
  • Steve Fritz
    Steve Fritz
    Steve Fritz is a retired American decathlete.-Achievements:-External links:*...

    , decathlete
    Decathlon
    The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events. The word decathlon is of Greek origin . Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all. Performance is judged on a points system in each event, not...

  • Dwight Frye
    Dwight Frye
    Dwight Iliff Frye was an American stage and screen actor, noted for his appearances in the classic horror films Dracula , Frankenstein , The Invisible Man , and Bride of Frankenstein .-Early life and career:Frye was born in Salina, Kansas...

    , actor
  • Dean M. Gillespie
    Dean M. Gillespie
    Dean Milton Gillespie was a U.S. Representative from Colorado.Born in Salina, Kansas, Gillespie attended the public schools and Salina Normal University....

    , U.S. Representative
    United States House of Representatives
    The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

     from Colorado
    Colorado
    Colorado is a U.S. state that encompasses much of the Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains...

  • Bill Graves
    Bill Graves
    William Preston "Bill" Graves , was the 43rd Governor of Kansas from 1995 until 2003.Graves was born in Salina, Kansas in 1953 to parents who owned a trucking firm...

    , 43rd Governor of Kansas
    Governor of Kansas
    The Governor of the State of Kansas is the head of state for the State of Kansas, United States. Under the Kansas Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the Kansas executive branch, of the government of Kansas. The Governor is the...

  • Herbie Harper
    Herbie Harper
    Herbie Harper jazz trombonist of the West Coast jazz school born in Salina, Kansas, though he first had his start playing swing music with the likes of Benny Goodman or Charlie Spivak in the 1940s and 1950s. Working on the West Coast jazz music scene, he performed with such musicians as Stan...

    , jazz trombonist
  • Paul Harvey
    Paul Harvey
    Paul Harvey Aurandt , better known as Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. His listening audience was estimated, at...

    , radio broadcaster

  • Steven Hawley
    Steven Hawley
    Steven Alan Hawley is a former NASA astronaut who flew on five spaceflights.-Personal data:Born December 12, 1951, in Ottawa, Kansas, but considers Salina, Kansas, to be his hometown. Currently married to the former Eileen M. Keegan of Redondo Beach, California, a public affairs officer at NASA...

    , astronaut
  • Guy T. Helvering
    Guy T. Helvering
    Guy Tresillian Helvering was an American politician. He was a U.S. Representative from Kansas, and later served as the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and as a federal district court judge.-Early life:...

    , U.S. Representative
    United States House of Representatives
    The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

     from Kansas
  • Terry Kirkman
    Terry Kirkman
    Terry Kirkman, in Salina, Kansas, U.S., is a musician and writer of the hit songs "Cherish", "Everything That Touches You", and "Six Man Band". He left the band Men in 1962 to become a founding member and sometime leader of the musical group The Association. Kirkman co-wrote some material with...

    , singer/songwriter
  • Ryan Kohlmeier
    Ryan Kohlmeier
    Ryan Lyle Kohlmeier is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2000 and 2001. He was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 34th round of the 1995 amateur draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 1996...

    , Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     pitcher
  • Gene Mauch
    Gene Mauch
    Gene William Mauch was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers , Pittsburgh Pirates , Chicago Cubs , Boston Braves , St...

    , Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     infielder, manager
  • Pat Meares
    Pat Meares
    Patrick James Meares is a former Major League Baseball shortstop.Meares was the 12th round draft pick of the 1990 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins, from Wichita State University....

    , Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

     shortstop
  • George Murdock
    George Murdock (actor)
    George Murdock is an American actor.Known for frequently playing judges, , he also performed the role of "Big Daddy" in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the Arizona Theater Company during the 1988...

    , actor
  • Terence Newman
    Terence Newman
    Terence Newman is a starting American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. He played in the 2008 pro-bowl and has 32 interceptions in his career....

    , National Football League
    National Football League
    The National Football League is the highest level of professional American football in the United States, and is considered the top professional American football league in the world. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing...

     cornerback
  • William A. Phillips
    William A. Phillips
    William Addison Phillips was a U.S. Representative from Kansas.Born in Paisley, Scotland, Phillips attended the common schools of Paisley....

    , city founder, U.S. Representative
    United States House of Representatives
    The United States House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of the United States Congress, the bicameral legislature which also includes the Senate.The composition and powers of the House are established in Article One of the Constitution...

     from Kansas
  • Matthew K. Rose
    Matthew K. Rose
    Matthew K. Rose in Salina, Kansas is the Chairman and CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. He attended the University of Missouri and is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Rose has a wife, Lisa, and two children....

    , railroad executive
  • Brent Venables
    Brent Venables
    Thomas Brent Venables is an American college football coach.He is currently the associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team. In 2006, he was one of five finalists for the prestigious Broyles Award for the nation's top...

    , University of Oklahoma
    University of Oklahoma
    The University of Oklahoma is a coeducational public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. the university had 29,931 students enrolled, most located at its...

     football coach
  • Gene Wojciechowski
    Gene Wojciechowski
    Gene Wojciechowski [woj-che-how-ski] is a sports writer, best known for his work with ESPN.Born in Salina, Kansas, Wojciechowski received a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from the University of Tennessee and began his career as a sports writer covering college football and...

    , sports journalist, author

See also

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Saline County, Kansas
    National Register of Historic Places listings in Saline County, Kansas
    This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Saline County, Kansas.This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Saline County, Kansas, United States...

    • Masonic Temple
      Masonic Temple (Salina, Kansas)
      The Masonic Temple in Salina, Kansas is a building from 1927. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000....

    • Whiteford (Price) Archeological Site
      Whiteford (Price) Archeological Site
      Whiteford Archeological Site, also known as Whiteford Site or Price Site or 14SA1, is an archaeological site near Salina, Kansas, that was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1964...


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