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Forest Hill Cemetery
Monuments & Memorials
April 11, 2012
Postcard image and short article about Sni-A-Bar Gardens, described as the "largest and best appointed dinner dance place in the central west." The entertainment venue was located at 40 Highway and Blue...
Scarritt Building Exuded Opulence
April 20, 2011
Postcard image and short article on the historic Scarritt Building (9th St. & Grand Ave.), considered to be Kansas City's second "skyscraper." It was built in 1907 by the Scarritt Estate Company at a cost...
The Original Kansas City Hummer Vehicle
April 2, 2008
Postcard image and short article about the Greenlease Motor Car Company--the "Oldest Motor Car Establishment in Kansas City"-- located from 29th St. to 30th St. between McGee Trafficway and Gillham Road....
Main Street Theater History to Live on as Downtown's New Cineplex
April 9, 2008
Article and postcard image of the old Mainstreet Theater (14th and Main Street). The theater was designed by the firm of Rapp and Rapp of Chicago and opened October 30, 1921. The historic building was...
Benton Circle: The Early Days
August 12, 2009
Postcard image (ca. 1925-30) of the Benton Circle intersection located at St. John Avenue and Benton and Gladstone boulevards. The accompanying article includes information about a monument and plaque...
"The cure for what ails ya"
August 15, 2012
Postcard image of and short article on the Thornton & Minor Sanitorium, 10th and Oak Street. The hospital was founded by Dr. T.W. Thornton in 1887. Eight years later, in 1885, Thorton partnered with Dr....
In the 'City of the Future' Unique Streetcar Rise Raised Hair
August 18, 2010
Short article and postcard image of the Ninth Street Incline and West Bottoms District. The line was designed by civil engineer Robert Gillham and completed in 1885. At the time, it was one of only two...
Highest Point in KC Housed Corruption Cleanser
August 19, 2009
Postcard image of the David Proctor residence at 7404 Mercier St., reported to be "located on the highest point in Kansas City, 301.5 feet above the Missouri River." The accompanying article includes biographical...
When Rockaway Beach Rocked
August 24, 2011
Postcard image and short article about the development of Rockaway Beach on Lake Taneycomo in the Ozarks. The resort community was developed in the early-1900s by Kansas City businessman and realtor Willard...
Vanderslice Made It Big in the KC Ice and Coal Business
August 26, 2009
Advertising postcard and short article about the Vanderslice-Lynds Company, a grain brokerage firm in Kansas City. Includes biographical information about Howard Vanderslice who partnered with John Lynds...
Gladstone Manor B&B
August 6, 2008
Short article spotlighting a house for sale at 412 Gladstone Blvd. in the Northeast community's Scarritt Point South National Register Historic District. The home was built in 1899 for Oliver Carlat, a...
Kansas City's Oldest Motorcycle Store
December 15, 2010
Short article and postcard image of Kenny's Harley Davidson, 403 Southwest Boulevard, known as Kansas City's oldest motorcycle dealership. The shop's origin dates back to 1918 when a local mechanic named...
Once-Enchanting Igloo to Return
December 2, 2009
Postcard image and short article about the Kansas City Museum's famed igloo, the centerpiece of the old Eskimoland exhibit on the museum's third floor. The igloo was a popular attraction of generations...
Holy Rosary Crib Tradition a Holiday Classic
December 24, 2008
Postcard image from 1941 of the Holy Rosary Church's Christmas crib nativity scene and a short article about the history of the church and its crib tradition. The Holy Rosary Parish was found in the 1880s...
Corner Market Did Business on Ninth Street
December 3, 2008
Postcard image and short article about Benedict L. Bredburg's Metropolitan Grocery. The store was located at 5000 E. Ninth St. in Kansas City, Missouri. The postcard dates from the early 1900s.
Old City Prison Still Stands on Vine Street
December 7, 2011
Postcard image of and short article about the City Work House building located at 2001 Vine St. The stone, castle-like structure was designed and completed by local architect Wallace Love in 1896. It housed...
Newman Theater Was a Beauty Downtown
December 8, 2010
Short article and postcard image of the old Newman Theater at 1114-18 Main Street, one of three Frank L. Newman movie houses in Kansas City. The theater was built in 1918 at a cost of 400,000 and had a...
Polished Beauty Rode the Rails
December 9, 2009
Postcard image and short article about the Alton Burlington, Ozark State Zephyr train, billed as the "first streamlined diesel-powered train between St. Louis and Kansas City." The Ozark State Zephyr was...
Schooled in the Manual Arts
February 1, 2012
Postcard image of the old Manual Training School building and a short article on the history of the institution. Located on the 1200 block of Truman Road, Manual Training School was founded in 1897 and...
House a Gateway to Wyandot Past
February 15, 2012
Postcard image of and short article on the John M. and Lucy. B Armstrong Residence in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The home was purported to be the oldest existing building in Kansas City, KS when the postcard...
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