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Theodore S Case
George W Hilton
L L Edge
28 Years of Cable Cars in Kansas City
Article about the history and unique facts about cable cars and street railways other than the electric type in Kansas City, detailing each company, with photos.
Looking east along 9th from Washington. Shows cable car.
A Trolley Builder Gone
Biographical article about George Townsend, one of the promoters of the Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Excelsior Springs electric line, reported missing.
Biography of Robert Gillham (1854-1899), Rapid Transit Pioneer
Cable Car Work
Early view of Kansas City, looking west along 12th from Main at workers laying cable car tracks. First Baptist Church in the background located at 12th and Baltimore.
Cable Cars--An Adventure: City's Early Day Transit Line Ran along Old 'Ninth Street' Incline
History of street cars in its changing forms from the "abortive attempt. ..in 1860 to start a street railway" drawn by horses, to cable cars, electric cable cars, and finally buses.
Cable Cars in Kansas City
A 10 page typewritten paper on the history of cable cars in Kansas City from their introduction in 1885 to discontinuation in 1913, with details about their construction and operation as early streetcars....
Cable Railway in Kansas City
June 11, 1972
Cable Railways: Their History, and Use in America
History of street railways, starting with animal-drawn cable cars in London and Philadelphia in the early 1850s, and later in Kansas City. Career biography of Robert Gillham, as well, with his work with...
Change in Tram Plan: New Downtown Traffic Center Setup Effective Tomorrow
Article about changes and closings in some street railway routes, but unverified as to the above tidbit, from the local history index card.
Did You Know. ..?
Article contains four historic facts about the following: (1) the Holmes Street Railway, (2) the placement of streets in the Midtown district "in a basic grid pattern," (3) the first automobile built in...
Dodson Line 65
75th and Wornall, electric railway. On back of photograph, written in blue ink, "KCPS 1175 (Dodson), 75th @ Wornall, Summer 1950."
World's first electric trolley car invented and operated in Kansas City by John C. Henry in 1885, replacing non-electric trolleys by 1913 and quitting themselves in 1959.First application of the word,...
Engineering--Kansas City Cable Railway
Technical description of the engineering and construction techniques applied in building the cable railway system in Kansas City with its "many difficult features to overcome," especially bluffs and hills....
Engineering--The Kansas City Cable Railway
Article describing Kansas City's "first duplicate cable railway built and operated in the world," with its design for safety and elevated tracks around Union Depot above Union Avenue.
G. M. Hopkins' Map of Kansas City, Missouri
Map of Kansas City showing major wards, streets, neighborhoods, subdivisions, railway lines, horse car lines, cable lines, and motor lines. Red ink markings added at a later date. Stamped at the top: "Compliments...
Hair-Raising Ninth Street Incline Is Recalled
Recollections about the 9th Street Incline and the last cable line run in Kansas City forty years ago.
Horse and Cable Railways
Information on the horse and cable street railways of the city.
Kansas City Has Had Transit System since the Civil War
History of the public transit systems of the city since the Civil War, including mule cars, cable cars, trolleys, electric street cars, and even subways (on 8th Street under the bluff, closed in the 1920s)...
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