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Charlotte R White
William H Wilson
A City's Fight for Beauty
Story of the parks and boulevards in Kansas City. Many photos of the Paseo and one of Penn Valley Park. One map of the city's parks.
A Legacy to a City: Kansas City Architects George Kessler, Henry Wright, and Sid and Herbert Hare
Thorough article about the landscape architecture and urban planning designed and put in place in Kansas City and other Midwestern cities by prominent Kansas City architects George Kessler (1862-1923),...
A Record of Current Events: Beautifying Kansas City
July 8, 1911
Photos and captions for various parts of Kansas City's new park and boulevard system, describing its beautifying effect and increase of real estate values and transportation efficiency, including before...
Beginning of the Park and Boulevard Movement in Frontier Kansas City, 1872-1882
Article tracing the origins of the Park and Boulevard System of Kansas City, starting with early parks and their justifications, before the idea of connecting them into a city-wide system.
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
Story of the initial controversy over bringing parks to the city between "reformers," those in favor of city beautification, and "mossbacks," those against it, in the late 1800s.
City Planning with Special Reference to the Planning of Streets and Lots
Photos and references to planned parks and residential areas, sidewalks, and roads, etc., with regard to conforming to the land.
City-Planning Procedure: Financing Improvements by Special Assessment
Discussion about the development of Kansas City's park system as a model for New York City, with references to George Kessler and J. C. Nichols.
Cowtown 1890 Becomes City Beautiful 1962: The Story of Kansas City's Parks
Origins and early history of the parks and urban planning in the city, describing the efforts to beautify and maintain the growing city, starting in 1872 with such men as Milton McGee, William R. Nelson,...
Financing Kansas City's Parks
Maps, photo, and discussion of acquisition and maintenance of "neighborhood recreation areas."
George Kessler: Landscape Architect, Planner
Article about the career and influence of George Edward Kessler, or George Kessler (1862-1923), one of the nation's most important landscape architects and designer of Kansas City's park and boulevard...
Go Fly a Kite
Photos, illustrations, and biographical article about Frank Vaydik (pictured), "Superintendent of the Park Department" since 1964, succeeding J. V. Lewis after speaking on the prevention of Dutch elm disease...
Greater Kansas City Official Year Book 1904-05
Overview of the park and boulevard system.
J. C. Nichols Parkway
Description with photos and history of J.C. Nichols Parkway of the park and boulevard system, from Ward Parkway to 43rd Street, 0.57 miles long, acquired in 1909.
Kansas City Parks
May 16, 1905
Transcript of pages 9-15 of another source (093.3 K16, not in this dept.) as they appear in Glaab's book, from an 1893 report on city parks, including Kansas City's park and boulevard system.
Kansas City's Parks and Boulevards
Article about the park and boulevard system, with photos.
Kansas City, Missouri: Its History and Its People, 1808-1908
History, photos, map, and overall description of the park system.
Description of the 302.87-acre park acquired in 1895, between the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Belmont and Gladstone Boulevards, and Paseo Boulevard, including the Colonnade, Cliff Drive, and Indian Mound,...
Description of the 74.08-acre park acquired in 1927, between 51st, Wornall, 55th, and Summit Streets, with photos, history, and drawings.
Orderly City, Orderly Lives: The City Beautiful Movement in St. Louis
Comprehensive article about the early urban planning movement in Saint Louis, starting with Forest Park in the 1870s and continuing through the 1910s with a park and boulevard system and the 1904 World's...
Our Endangered Park and Boulevard System
Article about the deterioration of Kansas City's park and boulevard system, with examples of sites and explanation of "the importance of planning and the integration of amenities like parks and boulevards...
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