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A $20,000 Blaze
Article describing the fire burning down the Union Depot and three nearby buildings, killing one man. Fire occurring at 3:00 am, September 22, 1875.
A Convict Looks Back at the 1954 Missouri Penitentiary Riots
Article about the 1954 riots at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri. Riot included killings, fires, destruction of over $10 million to state property and most of the prison. Also...
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.
A Postcard from Old Kansas City
Photo and history of Fairmount Park (established by Arthur Stilwell to promote his interurban railway between Kansas City and Independence), located at the eastern limit of Kansas City with the area's...
Art From Pain
June 3, 2007
Profile of local photographer Larry Schwarm, who is best known for his images of Kansas prairie fires. Schwarm spent 10 days in his hometown of Greensburg, Kansas, photographing the carnage wrought by...
Ashes Are Gone, and Renewal Is Under Way
February 16, 2008
Story about the February 16, 2007, fire at 75th and Washington St. and the businesses affected and year later status of the businesses. "The blaze destroyed the 74-year-old Waldo Astoria Dinner Theater...
Big Fire Loss in 1914
March 9, 1931
On the night of Friday, November 6, 1914, a portion of the native division of the stock yards was destroyed by fire. About 16 acres of pens and five scale houses were burned with an estimated damage of...
Blaze at $200,000: Tentative Estimate of Loss Is Made by Owner of Company at Knobtown
Photo and article about the fire burning the "buildings, equipment and supplies at the Sam Mulkey company near Knobtown," Missouri, a section of southeastern Kansas City, Missouri. Main structure at the...
Blaze Ruins Meat: A $75,000 Stock Is Destroyed by Fire at Robert Blond Company
Photo and article about the explosion and fire at "the Robert Blond Meat company building, 3022 Prospect avenue," destroying "a $75,000 stock of meat" there.
Car Barn Fire (1923)
December 25, 1923
News of the destruction by fire of the car barn and armory building at 39th and Main Streets in 1923.
Cause of School Fire Unknown
January 21, 2011
Damage to the unused Thacher Elementary School was estimated at $50,000. Located at Independence and Quincy avenues in the Northeast area, the school has been closed since summer 2009. The original structure...
Chief Dies at Big Blaze
Article about the death at age 49 of Harvey Baldwin, chief of the fire department, during a large fire caused by heavy winds at Penrod, Jurden & Clark Lumber Company at 7400 Saint John Avenue, with photos...
Citizens to Join in Plea for End of Violence
Second of a two page article with accounts of black people regarding the futility of violence by students and others in the eastern Kansas City community.
Clean Up Blast Scene
Clippings about a gas main explosion on August 3, 1962, at 46th and Wyoming Streets, destroying 11 houses and burning 12 others.
Article reporting the fire that destroyed the cinema at 3838 Woodland Avenue, witnessed by about 600 spectators.
Deluge, Fires Mark Storms' Area Sweep
June 4, 2008
A major fuel tank fire sparked by area lightning happened on June 3, 2008. The tank was located in the Fairfax Industrial District of Kansas City, Kansas, and contained more than a million gallons of unleaded...
Despite Conviction, Five Insist: We didn't set the Blast.
July 3, 1997
Five Kansas Citians, convicted in the November 1988 deaths of six firefighters, continued to insist on their innocence, citing holes in the government's case against them.
February 1-8, 2008
Article profiles Botwin Family Partners LP and general partner Diane Botwin. The company owns the property at 75th and Washington in Waldo that was destroyed by a disastrous fire in February 2007. Botwin...
Exploding Tank Blasts an Inferno across Southwest Boulevard
Gas and oil fire and explosions at 31st and Southwest Boulevards, causing six deaths including five firemen and about 100 injuries, with photos.
July 18, 1936
The fifth of a series of fires early today virtually wiped out old Fairmount Park, an amusement place which once attracted thousands nightly. Six of the nine were remaining summer cottages near the entrance...
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