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Main Street, South from 9th Street
Main Street, South from 9th Street
TitleMain Street, South from 9th Street
DescriptionPostcard of Main Street, South from 9th Street
Historical ArticleThe 1911 photograph of Main, looking south from 9th, shows considerable activity, with pedestrians, street cars, numerous horse-drawn vehicles and a few motor cars.

The 5-story building with the striped awnings in the left foreground housed offices of the Santa Fe Railway. G. W. Hagenbuch was general passenger manager agent at the time and G. E. Roe, freight agent.

Next door to the Santa Fe Building is the white-awninged New Ridge Building and the Palace Clothing Company of Auerbach and Guettel. The store was founded in 1887 at this location, 909-919 Main.

The Browning King Store looms in the background at 11th. That site is now occupied by Harzfeld's, whose 11-story building was erected in 1913.

On the right side, at 910 Main, the Wells Fargo Express Company operated. Most of the wagons pictured on that side are delivery wagons, some with wheels cramped and backed up to the curb, awaiting the daily assortment of packages and crates which arrived by train and would be delivered city wide by powerful Wells Fargo horses and their drivers.

The Wells Fargo general agent, when this picture was made, was the genial Irvin Longaker. He was later transferred to Chicago as agent for 300 suburban Chicago offices.

The Victor Building at 10th and Main, Kansas City's narrowest skyscraper, is at the right, with its large rooftop sign....

Nothing is left in today's modern scene that would remind early-day Kansas Citians of the Junction, the name used for the 9th, Main and Delaware intersection where Wide Awake warned pedestrians of cable cars coming down the steep 9th Street hill.

Kansas City Star
October 4, 1971

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectMain Street
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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