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City Window: Wide Berth
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TitleCity Window: Wide Berth
AbstractEver wonder why Grand Avenue is wider than other streets downtown? One of biggest givers of land to Kansas City, next to Colonel Thomas Swope, was Milton McGee, who, in 1852, gave the city an entire block now bounded by Oak, Locust, and 14th Street and 14th Terrace and specified that it should be used for a park. McGee made his fortune in gold during the California gold rush, returned to Kansas City and bought land from 12th Street to 20th and Main to Holmes in 1856. It was known as 'McGee's Addition,' but was not in the city limits at the time. When the city limits were extended to 20th Street in 1859, McGee insisted that Grand Avenue be wide enough so he could turn his horse and buggy completely around without having to back up.
AuthorFloyd E. Sageser
DateOctober 1, 1979
SourceKansas City
LocationMVSC Q 977.8411 K1692
Volume4
Number10
Page1-7
Local SubjectStreets
Grand Avenue
McGee's Addition
McGee, E. Milton
IllustrationsNo
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID101787
CONTENTdm number13106
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