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The Junction
The Junction
TitleThe Junction
DescriptionPostcard of The Junction, 9th and Main Streets
Historical ArticleThe Junction at 9th, Main and Delaware, is pictured on many of the early post cards, some dating back as far as 1898. It was a central transfer point for the cable cars.

Pictured on the wedge-shaped piece of ground is the Westgate Hotel, later the Kay. Before that the old five-story Diamond Building occupied the site with offices, including railroad ticket offices and offices of The Kansas City Times.

A paper, written by Roma Wornall, third wife of John B. Wornall, for a program she gave for the Confederate Dames organization, tells of a Wornall home which was at the Junction in the early days. Her description reads:

In 1866, I came to Kansas City to live. We lived for two years at 9th and Main Streets. Our grounds extended from Main to Walnut. We had two horses, a cow and chickens and a garden. Dr. Ridge's grounds were from Main to Walnut. He had a peach orchard on Main. His house fronted on Walnut. There was a fence between the two homes. 9th Street had not been opened. After a few days, we went up to 910 Locust Street to look at the lot to build a house. I thought it was too far out. If we were going to live in town, let's do so. So, decided not to buy the lot.

In two years, it got to be so noisy at 9th and Main that we had to go back and buy the lot, paying just as much again for it. We built a house and lived there six years. We saw Kansas City in the mud without sidewalks. We attended the May Street Baptist Church. I remember well that on one occasion of going over to the church with Dr. Rambant, president of William Jewell College, who was to preach that day, and his falling on the slippery sidewalk and getting his hands very muddy. I was very much embarrassed. But the next door neighbor to the church was a Baptist, so took him there and got him ready for the pulpit.

All of the early buildings at the Junction have been razed. It now is the site of the 30-foot statue, The Muse of the Missouri. The TenMain Center and Commerce Tower are nearby.

Kansas City Times
June 17, 1983

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