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George W Martin
Fred L Lee
Scott E Sallee
The Early Cartography of the Missouri Valley
Early maps and early history of the exploration and cartography of the Missouri River Valley, including the Kansas City area, from the late 1600s to the early 1800s by French (Marquette and Joliet, Etienne...
The Establishment of Counties in Kansas
Maps and thesis toward a master's degree for the University of Kansas about the establishment of counties in Kansas starting with the "first territorial legislature" in 1855 Kansas Territory.
The Ferry at 'Wayne City Landing'
In-depth article about the earliest ferry landings in Jackson County, especially what was known variously as the Wayne City Landing, Upper Independence Landing, Ducker's Ferry, Everett's Ferry, or Frost's...
The Firm of Hare & Hare and the Art of Landscape Architecture
Photos, maps, illustrations, and article about the Kansas City landscape architecture and city planning firm of Hare & Hare made up of Sid Hare (1860-1938) and his son J. Herbert Hare (1888-1960). Designers...
The Founding of Our Street Railway System by Nehemiah Holmes
Maps and illustration of horse or mule-drawn street car routes in 1870 mainly between 1st, Walnut, Grand, and 28th Streets, with landmarks such as O. K. Creek near 20th Street.
The Kansas Civil War: Black Slavery, White Liberty
Photos, illustrations, and article about the the border warfare and Civil War periods in early Kansas, including the Kansas City area and a full page color map of "Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1859."
The Kansas Indians
Maps and extracts "from the report of Major Stephen H. Long's 'expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains, performed in the years 1819 and 1820," with descriptions and depictions of their travels...
The Kansas Pocket Maps of Otis B. Gunn and David T. Mitchell: A Case of Nineteenth-Century Promotional Cartography
The article describes the collaboration between Otis B. Gunn and David T. Mitchell in creating a pocket map for Kansas in 1861. Each had previously created a map of their own for Kansas and its surrounding...
The Making of America: Central Plains
Numerous maps with illustrations and chronologies of the settlement of the Great Plains (centering on Kansas City) by whites and corresponding removal of various Indian tribes, with details (especially...
The Missouri Valley
Extensive article about flood control on the Missouri River and its tributaries. Lists a program "known as the Pick-Sloan plan," and the proposed Missouri Valley Authority, designed primarily for flood...
The North Kansas City Urban District
Comprehensive article on the economic geography of the city of North Kansas City, in Clay County, on the north side of the Missouri River across from the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Description of its...
The Park System of Kansas City, Mo.
Article strewn with photos and maps of views and different spots in the park system.
The People's Railroad: The Leavenworth & Topeka, 1918-1931
Photos, maps, illustrations, and article about "the Leavenworth & Topeka Railroad," operated by local owners ("to prevent abandonment") from 1918 to 1931 between Leavenworth, Kansas and Topeka, Kansas...
The Plaza Walking Tour
Guides to the Plaza with maps and points of interest with many photos.
The Search for the Site of the Sand Creek Massacre
Photos, illustrations, maps, and article about "the surprise attack by Col. John Chivington on a village under the leadership of Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle" in 1864 southeastern Colorado. Description...
The Slippage between Ground and Sky: Digitizing Race and Space in Kansas City
Article discusses the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to display graphically the characteristics of Kansas City. Maps can tell the story of sprawl, segregation, distribution of economic resources,...
The Space Race
Article about the construction boom in the 1980s with several examples and highlights of sections of the city with maps and lists of buildings.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold: Dr. John Hamilton Robinson, Secret Agent, Filibusterer, Mexican Revolutionary, and Pathfinder on the Santa Fe Trail
Article examines the intriguing life of Dr. John Hamilton Robinson who served as a volunteer surgeon on Zebulon Pike's Southwest Expedition in 1806. The author speculates that Robinson was actually acting...
The Wild Missouri: The Great River Is a Moody, Violent Source of Despair--and Hope
Extensive article about the history of flood control efforts on the Missouri River and its huge drainage basin, an area "one sixth of [the] total area of [the] continental U. S.," with maps, illustrations,...
Think East: Think Blue Springs
October 1, 2006
Special section highlighting the history and growth of the Kansas City eastern community of Blue Springs. Maps and plans of the new Chapman "community within a community" development south of Blue Springs....
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