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City Park, Canyon
City Park, Canyon
TitleCity Park, Canyon
DescriptionPostcard of the The Canyon at City Park
Historical ArticleA comma apparently was omitted by the German publishers from the post-card title, The Canyon City Park, Kansas City, Mo. The title should have read, The Canyon, City Park, Kansas City, Mo.,

The canyon pictured is part of North Terrace park, one of the city's earliest parks, which is located along the Missouri River bluffs, from Highland to Belmont. Today it is called Kessler Park. The first 5 1/2 acres of the park were purchased in 1885, and it was expanded to 282 acres by 1920.

Chestnut, running north and south, is pictured at the right with horse-and-buggy traffic. Heim's brewery and bottling works are in the background.

In 1901 a 5-span steel girder bridge over the gorge was built on Lexington Avenue. Plans were drawn by Waddell and Hedrick, bridge builders.

(Early records refer to the gorge as the Agnes Avenue Gorge. Agnes and Chestnut are one and the same north of 9th. The street name was changed from Agnes to Chestnut north of 9th in 1895.)

There were double street car tracks, a roadway and sidewalk over the structure.

The Missouri Valley Room of the Public Library has a 3 volume printed report, used in a court case against the Metropolitan street railway system, describing the bridge and its construction in minute detail and giving sketches, elevations and a detailed appraisal of costs. Material, men, grading, dirt removal, concrete, anchorage metal, steel, donkeys, tin cups used by the workmen and even the penwipers for the bookkeepers are included.

The total cost of the 386-foot bridge over the chasm, as given in the report, was $87,663.10.

Today automobile traffic flows in two lanes over the bridge and pedestrians use the sidewalk over the structure known as the Lexington Street Viaduct.

Kansas City Times
July 5, 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 SubjectCity Park
Parks
Kessler Park
North Terrace Park
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000329
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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