The city of Wellington is getting ready to celebrate its 150th birthday

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Members of the original Wellington Town Company in front of the first store in Wellington

WELLINGTON, Kansas - In 1870, Robert A. Davis traveled up the Chisholm Trail and settled with other pioneers to build a town. That town became Wellington - named after the conqueror of Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington.

Then, in 1871, Wellington was platted onto the map. Now, the city of Wellington is getting ready to celebrate its 150th birthday.

Wellington's birthday festivities will be on Saturday, June 5 at Heritage Park. There will be free cupcakes provided by the city, street chalking provided by the Wellington Young Professionals, food trucks and the presentation of the new city flag. 

Wellington's new city flag

In efforts of promoting the birthday of Wellington, the city has put together a trivia contest to test the knowledge of citizens of Wellington's history. All participants who successfully answer the trivia clues will be entered into a drawing.

Three winners will be chosen to each receive $25 chamber bucks and a commemorative t-shirt. The drawing will be done at 10 a.m. in Heritage Park at the Wellington Birthday Party.

Also, there have been Facebook pages and events dedicated to the birthday. Wellington, KS 150th Anniversary Celebration Page has provided information and old photos of Wellington.

Wellington's city-building and memorial auditorium in 1971

Residents can also RSVP on the event page "City of Wellington Birthday Party" on Facebook, which is shared on the celebration page.