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Kansas City, KS, View from Intercity Viaduct
Kansas City, KS, View from Intercity Viaduct
TitleKansas City, KS, View from Intercity Viaduct
DescriptionPostcard view of Kansas City, Kansas, from the Intercity Viaduct
Historical ArticleA view of Kansas City, Kansas, from the Intercity Viaduct (Lewis and Clark) pictures the Kaw or Kansas River, named for the native Indian Kaw tribe. An old wagon bridge is seen in the foreground and in the background the James Street Bridge, which had streetcar tracks but today is paved and used for two-way automobile traffic. The old wagon bridge is gone.

Strawberry Hill, shown in the center background, was settled by Croatians, Serbians and Slovenians, many employed at the stockyards and meat packing companies. Strawberry Hill extended from the river to 10th Street and Armstrong to Central Avenue. More than 120 homes in the area were razed in the late 1950s to make way for Interstate 70.

The paved street is shown leading from the river to the top of the hill was Barnett Street. The tall spire on the St. John Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., is seen at the top of the hill. This church, one of many Catholic churches in the neighborhood, was founded primarily by Croatians.

The old pumping station pictured at about 3rd and Barnett, is remembered by many. It stood until I-70 was being built.

The postcard was published by the Elite Post Card Co. of Kansas City. It was mailed in 1912 with a green one-cent stamp.

Kansas City Times
October 4, 1985
AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectKaw River
Kansas City, Kansas
James Street
Strawberry Hill
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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