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E M Clendening
Harry F Kohr
A Call to Shippers
Ad for the Kansas City Missouri River Navigation Company calling for all shippers using the Missouri River to do more business with Kansas City, in order to "warrant the expenditure of the money to improve...
A Portfolio of New Deal Reconstruction
Photos, maps, and description of the river control and navigation improvements on the Missouri River part of the federal government's New Deal. Description of the "six-foot channel between St. Louis and...
Barges on Shoals: Promised for June, Missouri River Barge Line Still Has a Lot of Obstacles to Surmount
Article about the progress on "Kansas City's barge line" for Missouri River shipping traffic, planned for opening in June 1935 but encountering more navigation, storage, and railroad transfer difficulties....
Busy Days on the Big Muddy
Illustrations (by artist Robert Andrew Parker, or Robert Parker) and article about the riverboats carrying cargo downstream on the Missouri River, with many depictions of barges, their pilots, and river...
Food Mart Unloaded: Kansas City, Kan., Gives Up, Leases Storm-Provoking Terminal to Private Corporation for Year
Article about the end of the legal dispute between Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, over the Kansas side's municipal "food terminal and its river-rail grain elevator, both located on the...
K. C. Awaits the Barges: New Missouri Waterway Won't Starve for Freight, Won't Get Fat Either. ..
Article about the barge commerce of Kansas City on the Missouri River. Describes competition with railroads for freight, actual freight rate changes in recent years, and specific industries and companies...
K. C., Mo. River Navigation Company's Westport Landing Riverboat
Photo and article about the boat called "Westport-Landing, a 200 passenger riverboat and party barge" "currently running public excursions and chartered parties from its dock on the south bank of the Missouri...
K.C. Awaits the Barges
Article about the first barges after the completion of dredging a six foot channel in the Missouri River. Renewed competition for freight between river and railroads.
Kansas City. ..America's Transportation Hub
Various essays and articles about Kansas City's function as a national transportation center in many aspects, including river barges, railroads, aviation, trucking, automobiles, pipelines, electrical lines,...
Miracle on I-35
Photos, map, and essay or article (written by "the editor of 'K. C. Jones,' a monthly political newspaper published in Kansas City, Missouri") about the benefits to the local economy from the recent increase...
Missouri River Navigation: What It Means to the Famer and Country Merchant
Article about the business and economic significance of the river for freight as an alternative to railroads.
Rollin' on the River: Greater Kansas City and Its Neighbors along the Missouri River Grapple with How to Best Use and Preserve both the River and Its Inhabitants
Second of a two-part series of articles with photo (of a barge in the river) and description of matters relating to the Missouri River including transportation (navigation), flood prevention, pollution,...
Illustration and biographical article about Arthur Stilwell, a railroad and interurban street railway builder in Kansas City residing at 720 East Armour Boulevard in 1902. Story of his dream that year...
Taming the Outlaw Missouri River
Photos, map, and article about issues of controlling the channel of the Missouri River, including its course between Kansas City and Saint Louis, etc., with photos of "Kansas City's [m]ammoth [g]rain [e]levators,"...
The Building of the Lewis and Clark Boat in Pittsburgh
Was it a flatboat, keelboat, or barge that Meriwether Lewis had built for the Corps of Discovery's travels to find a passage to the West coast? The author, using many original source documents such as...
The Rediscovery of the Missouri
Article about the reinvigoration of traffic on the Missouri River, sparked in part by the recent journey of President Theodore Roosevelt on the Mississippi River. Photos and description of steamboats and...
The U. S. Masters the Big Muddy
Photos, map, and article about "[t]he harnessing of the Missouri" River by "the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation," showing Kansas City protected with levies...
Waterway "Triumph": First Cargo of Wheat Leaves Only River-Rail Terminal in the Wheat Belt
Photo of "the first wheat barge to leave Kansas City's [Kansas City, Kansas's] new public levee," the "municipally-owned Kaw Point elevator." Started in 1936 by the federal government, "leased for thirty...
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