Walter Percy Chrysler was born on April 2, 1875, in Wamego, Kansas. When he was 3, Walter's family moved to Ellis, Kansas where his father worked as an engineer with the Kansas Pacific Railroad. Walter went through school in Ellis and became a machinist's apprentice for the then renamed Union Pacific Railroad. At the age of 22, he completed his apprenticeship and left Ellis. Walter returned to Ellis to marry his childhood sweetheart, Della Forker, and they moved to Salt Lake City. Walter P. Chrysler went on to lead one of the largest corporations in the world.
102 W. 10th Street was the last of three homes where Walter grew up. The home is furnished, but due to a flood in the 1950s, with the exception of a single bed, none of the furnishings are original to the home. A small museum has been built behind the home.
The Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum features mainly pictures and text about Walter's life. There are a small gift area, a few artifacts, and a short video. The home and museum can easily be visited in a half hour. There is little to hold the attention of children.
With the exception of the 1924 Chrysler, no photos are permitted in the Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home & Museum.
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