Title: 8th Street, West from Walnut

Description: Postcard of 8th Street, West from Walnut

Historical Article: Eighth Street, looking west from Walnut, is pictured in this post card of the late 1890s.

Standing in the same spot today an observer sees the same steep hill. However, not one of the buildings pictured remains.

August Zorn's 2-story brick saloon, with striped awnings and Anheuser-Busch beer signs, is at the corner. The city directory at that time listed other businesses in the block as follows: A. T. Rickmers, Gunsmith, Watches and Clocks, Jewelry Repaired; Steam Dye Works; Laundry; Old Hats Made New; Electric Baths; Cigar Factory and Rock Island Ticket Office, 727 Main, with A. H. Moffet, passenger agent, and C. W. Jones, city ticket agent.

In the background are three of Kansas City's finest early office buildings, the Board of Trade, American Bank Building and the Heist Building, with its beehive tower and tall flag staff.

The Heist Building was built in the middle 1880s and was the tallest in the city. It was seven stories high on Main and eight on Delaware. The office rooms were spacious and their high ceilings made the building equal to a 10-story building of today.

For many years the First National Bank occupied the Main Street and second floors of the building. On the Delaware side was the busy brokerage office of Houston Fible and Company.

George Heist, who erected the building and named it for himself, owned a sizable farm at the time on what is now Linwood Boulevard and listed his occupation as farmer. He also dabbled in real estate.

The name was changed to Manhattan Building after the New York Life Insurance Company bought it in the early 1920s.

Kansas City Times
March 2, 1974

Author: Ray, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)

Item Type: Postcard

Collection: Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981

Location: SC58

Local Subject: 8th Street; Streets

Digital Format: JPEG

Barcode: 20000284

Repository: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

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