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40 Years Ago
Article about the history of the Tocama apartment hotel.
A Dream of What Might Be When Kansas City Acquires "Signboard" Hill [and] What Will Happen if "Signboard" Hill Is Allowed to Continue
Large illustrations of potential developments on Signboard Hill (later the site of the Crown Center mixed use complex) across Main Street from Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park. First illustration...
A New Madrid: The Main Street Theater Is Getting a Face-Lift
Photos and article about the 2001 restoration of the Madrid Theater, built in 1926 at 3810 Main Street. History of the theater, "promised to be 'the' distinctive theater of Kansas City" with a Spanish...
A Piece of KC's Past Is Rediscovered
November 28, 2003
Article details the recent suggestion that part of the original riverboat landing or wharf area on Kansas City's waterfront is visible. Geologist Richard Gentile thinks the exposed ledge that tilts toward...
A Regal Plastic Move: The 15-Year-Old Firm Now at 1725 Holmes
News of the move of the Regal Plastic Company from 2800 East 14th Street to 1700 Holmes Street.
About Town: Stuff of History at Art Showing
December 16, 1976
Art gallery at 7600 State Line Road.
Article about Adler's, Incorporated, a millinery or garment business.
Ahead of Public Library Was Mechanics' Institute
Article about the predecessor to the Kansas City Public Library, the Mechanics' Institute, on the second floor at 509 Main Street, established by John Taylor.
Aria Neaves Named Assistant to Downtown Gift Shop Owner
February 7-13, 1975
File containing a photo and biographical article about Mrs. Aria Neaves, "appointed recently as assistant to the owner of Anna's Gifts at 1221 Main street."
Art Hoffmann Dies of a Heart Attack: He Was President of Buick Agency at 3300 Main
Photo and obituary for Arthur Hoffmann, "president of the Hoffmann Buick company, 3300 Main street," dying at the age of 66. Description of his life and career, born in Milwaukee about 1899 and coming...
Art: Blowers and Lights
File containing a biographical article about Lawrence Whittington, an artist exhibiting at his own gallery at 4524 Main Street.
Banker Deals at 1009 Main: R. C. Kemper, Jr., Buys a Property from Uncle's Estate
Photo, caption, and article about the purchase of the Bond Building, "a 5-story and basement structure at 1009-11 Main street," by R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., "board chairman of the Grand Avenue Bank & Trust...
Blues Family Joins Forces to Benefit Local Matriarch
March 19, 2004
A benefit concert is to be held on Friday, March 19, 2004, for local Blues singer, Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington who has sung the Blues locally for decades. Recent health problems and the need for...
Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man'
File containing a photo and obituary for James Leroy Searcy, or Roy Searcy (1919-2001), a "fixture in the local music scene since he moved to Kansas City in May 1942." Native of Mississippi coming here...
April 6-12, 2012
The 2012 Capstone Awards is a supplement to the Kansas City Business Journal, which "honors outstanding real estate development projects and transactions throughout the community." Some of the projects...
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.
Cityscape: It's Been a Real Special 50 Years
Photo and biographical article about James Nutter, 73-year-old realtor "celebrat[ing] his 50th anniversary as a licensed real estate broker" in 2001. Founder of James B. Nutter & Company, mortgage bankers,...
Council Approves Brookside Zoning Ordinance: Proposal Will Create Special Business District, Limit Building Size and Encourage Pedestrians
Notice about the approval by the Kansas City Council of "a zoning ordinance that will restrict national retail outlets, or 'big box' stores, from moving into the Brookside area," involving "10.3 acres...
David H. Harding: He Was a Mid-Western Motion Picture Theater Pioneer
Obituary for David Harding, "77, who with his brother, Samuel Harding, was a pioneer in the motion picture theater industry in the Mid-West," born in New York about 1877 and coming to Kansas City about...
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