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"When We First Come Here It All Looked Like Prairie Land Almost": Prairie Fire and Plains Settlement
The abstract to this article reads: "For centuries prairie fire was a formative environmental force on the Great Plains. In the nineteenth-century, however, Euro-Americans brought to the region dramatically...
A Card for You Today
Photos (of several old Hallmark cards), illustrations, and article about the set-backs (especially the headquarters burning down in 1917 in Downtown Kansas City) and growth of the Hallmark Cards company...
A Win-Win for Prairie-Chickens and Ranchers
Missouri native grasslands, before European settlement, covered nearly half of the state and provided a home for hundreds of thousands of prairie-chickens. By 2010, only about 500 birds are scattered in...
June 14, 1935
Article about the conviction of Ben Aylor, former owner of the burned-down Rochambeau Hotel in Kansas City, for arson in its destruction by fire in 1932.
Blackwater Keeps on Rollin'
April 1, 2004
A review of how the small Missouri town of Blackwater came back to life. "Theater and antiques help revive the tiny railroad town that has survived fires, floods, and feuds."
But Spirit Was Undampened
Details and photos of "the greatest industrial loss in American history" or "Black Friday the Thirteenth, July, 1951."
Camden Point School Persevered Through Fires, War
Article on the Female Academy in Camden Point, Missouri, founded in 1848 by William Kincaid. Provides a brief history of the transformation of the school and two letters by former students.
Chamber of Commerce Building
Article describes a deadly fire that destroyed the Chamber of Commerce building at Hallock Street and Central Avenue (Kansas City, KS) on October 25, 1906. The fire took the lives of 15 tenants and caused...
Disaster! Platte County History Includes a Few
Short overview of disasters occuring in Platte County, Missouri, including floods, fires, battles, tornado, explosion, and grasshopper plague including a list of disasters.
Drill School and Tower Increase Efficiency of Fire Department
Photo and article about the fire drill school and the need for it to save citizens money lost in fires.
Fire Prevention Work
October 5, 1920
Entire issue of Kansas Citian devoted to fire safety in honor of the October 9, 1920 Fire Prevention Day. Includes a listing of fire safety events, a parade, and "Fire Clean-up Week;" articles on fire...
Joe McNamara Talks about Strikes, fires, the Mafia, and Kojak
Photos, interview, and biographical article about Joseph McNamara, chief of the Kansas City Police Department (from 1973-1976), discussing the labor strike of police officers firefighters, presence organized...
L Road Abandoned on December 29th
History of the trouble-ridden elevated or "L" street railway, from the 1880s to 1923.
Larry Schwarm Sets Kansas on Fire
Brief article describing a 2003 compilation of the photography of Larry Schwarm, a professor of photography at Emporia State University. Schwarm, whose photography is included in the permanent collections...
Oil Men Battle to Supply Public Despite Heavy Flood, Fire Loss
Flooding of important oil "bulk" plants, nearly eliminating the local oil supply, with company-by-company reports on losses.
Opening and Closing Nights for a Grand Hotel
Story of the Coates House from its construction and grand opening in 1891 to its near destruction by fire in 1978.
Putting a Stop to Arson: Claire McCaskill, the County's Most Potent Weapon in the Fight to Save Neighborhoods from Fire
Photos and biographical article about Claire McCaskill, "Jackson County's arson prosecutor" and a 28-year-old lawyer, describing her perception as a woman in an unusual professional role with details about...
Reid Brothers Packing House Fire, 1895
Article describes in detail a major fire at the Reid Brothers packing house in Kansas City, Kansas. The author includes much information about the workings of the Reid Packing House, a typical one of its...
Renovation Possible: Historic Old Coates House, Ravaged by Disastrous Fire, May Be Restored
History of the old hotel after the 1978 fire, including description of its near-destruction by fire earlier in 1901.
One page description and many photos of the chaos caused by the flood.
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