Kechi was named for the Kichai people.
In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington through Kechi to Caldwell. It foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".
The first post office in Kechi was established in 1888, and the City of Kechi was established in 1888 and has been growing ever since. We now serve over 2000 residents who enjoy the quiet and safety of our developing community immediately north of Wichita, Kansas. People and businesses have discovered the charm, the quality of life, and the peaceful convenience of living and conducting business in Kechi.