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'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
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 Devastates Mission Bowl
April 4, 2015
Article provides details related to a fire that damaged the Mission Bowl bowling alley located at 5399 Martway Street in Mission, Kansas. The author states that the fire started on the morning of Friday,...
Blaze Ravages Restaurant
February 18, 2015
A fire has destroyed the iconic Gates barbecue restaurant at 10440 E. U.S. 40 Highway in Independence, Mo. Firefighters have yet to determine the source of the blaze. Opened in 1979, the restaurant was...
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...
Church Undaunted by Fire's Damage
December 28, 2012
Article reports on a fire nearly destroying the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church building at Seventh Street and Benton Boulevard. Firefighters believe the blaze may have been caused my old electrical wire...
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...
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