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Gladstone Boulevard, at Scarritt Point
Gladstone Boulevard, at Scarritt Point
TitleGladstone Boulevard, at Scarritt Point
DescriptionPostcard of Gladstone Boulevard, at Scarritt Point
Historical ArticleThe high-turreted, three-story red brick mansion (pictured at left) at Gladstone Boulevard and Scarritt Point in the Northeast District was the residence of Judge William Hockaday Wallace, Mrs. Wallace and their children, William H. and Mary.

The home had seven fireplaces with carved mantels, crystal prism light fixtures, leaded glass windows and doors and heavy oak woodwork.

Judge Wallace came from a family of Confederate sympathizers and as a boy of 14 had suffered the horrors of Order No. 11 during the days of the Civil War. Paul Wellman, writing in his book, A Dynasty of Western Outlaws, said of Wallace:

After the war he became eminent in the Missouri bar, was the chief spearhead in breaking up the outlaw gangs, prosecuted Frank James, and became one of the most eminent jurists the state has produced.

Wallace, as prosecuting attorney for Jackson County, was fearless in the three years of tracking down and convicting members of the James gang.

The stately old mansion was sold to R.A. Long and moved a block north to 3200 Norledge. Then Long built his palatial home on the Wallace and adjoining properties, in the years 1909-1911.

Today the old Long residence is the home of the Kansas City Museum of History and Science, and the old Wallace mansion, now enlarged and covered with native stone, is also the property of the city and is used by the museum for administrative offices.

The large residence pictured at the right side of the card still stands, a privately owned residence.

The card was published in color in Leipzig, Germany, by the Elite Postcard Company of Kansas City and Leipzig.

Kansas City Times
October 1, 1982
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectGladstone Boulevard
Scarritt Point
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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