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Baggage Area at Union Station
Baggage Area at Union Station
TitleBaggage Area at Union Station
DescriptionPostcard of Baggage Area at Union Station
Historical ArticleThe Union Station, under consideration as a site for the proposed sports arena, was a center of activity during the Christmas rush of bygone years. Teams of Wells Fargo Express Company horses waited at the lower level dock of the station as their drivers loaded parcels for the daily city-wide delivery from the express company's shipping and receiving rooms. Twelve railroads entering Kansas City brought packages, crates and boxes in express cars from points all over the United States and some foreign countries. During the Christmas rush additional wagon teams were brought into use from the Wells Fargo barn, a large brick building between 2nd and 3rd streets, on the east side of Delaware. There was great excitement when the familiar green-painted express wagon stopped in front of a house. When the driver came up the sidewalk with the brown paper wrapped boxes, it meant that Christmas was near and that grandparents and kin had not forgotten. The early post card, a Phostint by the Detroit Publishing Company, is of a type cherished by collectors because of its artistry of design and color. It was copyrighted by the Fred Harvey Company and sold from racks at the station. This particular card was mailed in 1922 to a woman on route No. 1, Carlton, Kansas. Kansas City Times December 19, 1972
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectUnion Station
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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