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A New Depot
Discussion of plans for a new Union Depot to replace the burned one. Suggestions for a new location east of the bluffs to avoid transportation difficulties over the steep terrain.
Diligence Brings Cliff Drive Dumper to Justice: As Structural Restoration of Historic State Scenic Byway Continues, Residents Can Keep Area Junk-Free
Photo and article about the clean-up of garbage and trees obstructing and debasing the view from Cliff Drive in its progression toward designation as a "historic state scenis byway."
Has Lived Here 68 Years: Robert S. Brown Recalls a Kansas City under River Bluffs
Biographical article about Robert Brown, a 68-year resident of Kansas City, at the age of 80 recalling early Kansas City starting upon his move here in 1849. Illustration of his log cabin jail on the Levee...
Hewing Kansas City into Shape: A Giant's Task That Is Still Unfinished
Article with several fine illustrations and descriptions of the cuts into the bluffs and hills of Kansas City near the river for streets, buildings, and other built environment, starting in the 1850s and...
Historic Cliff Drive Dedicated: Community, Dignitaries Attend Gala Ceremony
Color photos and article about the dedication of the re-opened Cliff Drive as a Missouri state scenic by-way. Description of its revitalization and clean-up since 1998 with speech by Governor Bob Holden...
How Districts Get Names
January 4, 1925
Article about the origins of area place names like Toad-a-Loop, Tour-de-Loup, and Sni-a-Bar, all supposed to be of French origin etymologically. "One of the troublesome place names in Kansas City is that...
File containing an obituary for Leonard Waddell, "73, of 619 West [57th Street]," a realtor at 1002 Walnut Street. Native of Council Bluffs, Iowa coming to Kansas City about 1900 as a "son of Dr. J. A....
Lime Kiln Links Old Days and New
File containing a photo (of the kiln), portrait (of Weston), and article about the city's first lime kiln built in 1866 "by William Weston [ca. 1844-1906], a pioneer of Kansas City" below the bluffs at...
Main Street Hills Level Out as City Grows in 100 Years
Extensive article about the cutting through of the hills to the Missouri River for Main Street to make way for the growth of the city, starting in the 1850s and 300 Irish workers imported by Father Bernard...
Origin of "Goats" and "Rabbits"
Probably originating from "the hill" or the West Bluffs where many of the Irish following of James Pendergast lived and raised goats as pets. The accepted account is that one of the Shannon faction applied...
Out of the East Bottoms
February 12, 1987
Geographical and historical article about the Centropolis and East Bottoms areas of Kansas City. In his "Behind the Lines" column, George Gurley relates some of the reader feedback received about his earlier...
Remediation Brings Rebirth at Old Amoco Refinery Site
June 9-15, 2006
The site of the old Amoco refinery in Sugar Creek is being put to a new use. The Bluffs at Sugar Creek, which opened in May, is a project of the Sugar Creek Community Development Corp. The business park...
The Hills That Made Kansas City What It Is
Extensive article about the role of the hills in the Kansas City area through the city's history. Starting with building and development mostly around them, then cutting them down, then landscaping and...
The March of Progress in Kansas City
File containing a newspaper clipping with photos and caption about the bluffs overlooking the West Bottoms (on the Missouri side) in 1875 (with street railways and squatter-type shacks) and in 1925 (after...
Tunnel Was Vital Link in Transit Here
Article about the 8th Street Tunnel of the elevated street railway, with photo and an illustration of its cross-section in 1895.
West Side Community Honors its Past
Septenber 3, 2005
Article describes festival marking the centennial of Kansas City's West Side "roughly bounded by 13th and 31st streets, Broadway and the West Bluffs". The two-day celebration honors the Mexican railroad...
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