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Santa fe Trail
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Carrie Westlake Whitne...
Zebulon Pike's Wandering Explorations
Article describes modern travel along the route of Zebulon Pike's 1806-1807 expedition to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase. Includes many details of Pike's original explorations in Kansas, Colorado,...
Zebulon Pike and American Popular Culture or Has Pike Peaked?
If it weren't for Pike's Peak in Colorado, would anyone today even know the name of Zebulon Pike? It has now been 200 years since Pike's expedition to the West and the author poses the question, has Pike's...
Portraits, photos, and information on Captain Zebulon Montgomery Pike, or Zebulon Pike (ca. 1779-1813), "the discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado" in 1806 and an early western explorer "regarding this...
Wiz Crawls, Then Walks over Rapids
Article about the first game of the Kansas City Wiz soccer team, against the Colorado Rapids. The first Major League Soccer game in Kansas City, with 21,141 in attendance.
William Gilpin: Sinophile and Eccentric as Seen by the German Scientist, Journalist, and Traveler Julius Froebel
Story about the reactions of a German traveler, Julius Froebel (1805-1893), to an 1852 visit with William Gilpin (1813-1894) in Independence, Missouri, with many references of other works about Gilpin...
William Gilpin and the Destruction of the Desert Myth
Biographical article about William Gilpin, "the West's most ardent promoter," Independence resident, and first territorial governor of Colorado, discussing his efforts to transform the perception of the...
Information about William Gilpin (1813-1894), "scholar, philosopher and soldier," father of the ghost towns of Centropolis and Gilpin Town in the Kansas City metropolitan area. He was born in Philadelphia...
William Bent's Family and the Indians of the Plains
January 1, 1936
Article contains accounts of William Bent and the Bent family as mentioned by a granddaughter, Ada Lubers and Ed Guerrier, the husband of Julia Bent.
Wild West Photograph Collection Finding Aid
The majority of photographs in this collection came from the Brookings Montgomery photograph collection purchased by the library in the 1960s. Images are of outlaws, cowboys, Indians, lawmen, judges, western...
Widow of Slain Musician Vows not to Contest Parole of Husband's Killer
June 22-28, 2007
On June 1, 2007, Raymond Bledsoe, convicted of the 1980 murder of Kansas City jazz musician Steve Harvey, became eligible for parole from a Colorado federal penitentiary. Bledsoe was orginally acquitted...
Vertical Files Special Collection Finding Aid
1820-1970 (bulk 1880-1950)
The vertical files in this collection contain items found in the regular vertical files of the Special Collections department that were determined to be too old and fragile to be left in the files. The...
Upscale Plaza Housing Planned
December 22, 2004
Two new upscale housing projects valued at $28 million are being planned by a Colorado development company named MacKenzie House LLC. The location is at 46th and Washington and at 45th and Madison Avenue....
Two Men near Full Cattle Pen
Group of cattle in stockyard pen; nearby sign reads "Matador Land & Cattle Company, Denver, Colorado."
Transportation Photograph Scrapbook Finding Aid
1910-1917 (bulk 1915)
The collection includes 549 negatives and 318 original prints of images taken in the 1910s focusing on railroads and transportation and rural and urban life. The geographic scope is the Midwest, primarily...
March 1, 2006
Article describes a number of United States cities and towns heavily influenced by trains, and which today celebrate their railroad history. Among these locations is listed Kansas City, Missouri, noted...
Tracing the Santa Fe Trail
This book on the Santa Fe Trail provides full-color images and "historical commentary to create a photographic journey that adroitly blends past and present." The chapters include Missouri Landings and...
Townley Hardware is Moving its area operations to Denver
December 22, 1984
Article reporting on the relocation of Townley Hardware to Denver, Colorado. The article described the history of the company, which was founded in 1884 and continued under the same ownership until sold...
Timber Line: A Story of Bonfils and Tammen
Excerpts describe the departure of Frederick Gilmer Bonfils from Kansas City to relocate in Denver, Colorado, prior to his acquaintance with partner Harry Tammen. Bonfils was involved in lottery scams...
Three Years and a Half in the Army; or History of the Second Colorados
Experiences of Colorado-based Union regiment of soldiers involved in the battle.
Thomas J. Fitzpatrick Papers Finding Aid
Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick was a professor of botany and mathematics, a librarian, and an avid book collector. The Kansas City Public Library purchased nearly 20,000 volumes from his private library...
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