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Cliff Drive
Cliff Drive
TitleCliff Drive
DescriptionPostcard of Cliff Drive
Historical ArticleA booklet written in 1914 by Fred Gabelman, park engineer under the landscape architect, George E. Kessler, stated:

Cliff Drive--the drive that has made Kansas City's park and boulevard system famous, meanders through North Terrace Park for its entire length and when completed to Indian Mound, will be, with its approaches, 5.98 miles in length. The first 0.46 miles of this drive was completed in 1900. When all the drives in this park, as planned, are completed, there will be 8.06 miles of the most picturesque drives in this country, every foot of which will be a surprise and a delight to the visitor and a pride to the resident of the city.

At the time the post card was made, drivers were assured of a quiet, relaxed trip, for automobiles were prohibited on Cliff Drive, lest the noise and sight of the newly invented machine frighten the horses and cause accidents. Even children safely drove their pony carts over the scenic drive, high on the bluffs above the Missouri River Valley.

The spring was a stopping point where travelers paused for a drink of water or filled containers.

Kansas City Times
April 26, 1975

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
Local SubjectStreets
Cliff Drive
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000322
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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