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Park and Boulevard Sys...
Kessler, George E
Frances S Bush
E F Corwin
Financing Kansas City's Parks
Maps, photo, and discussion of acquisition and maintenance of "neighborhood recreation areas."
For the Love of Pine
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center opened January 1, 2008. lLcated in the Ozarks between Sikeston and Springfield on Highway 60, it is Missouri's only rural nature center. The 452-acre outdoor classroom...
Fort Scott--There's More Than History in Store
Profile of Fort Scott, Kansas. Fort Scott was established as a frontier peacekeeping post in 1842, and was also the hometown of artist Gordon Parks.
Fountains and Fields: Work in Northeast Area Parks Is Underway with Spring
Article about the progress on construction and maintenance at the Concourse Park Fountain (with a new fountain), Budd Park (with a new walking trail), and Cliff Drive (with a newly replaced section of...
From the Silver City to Kansas City: August and Emma Meyer in Leadville and Beyond
In-depth article about August Meyer and his wife Emma, the smelting and refining businesses Meyer was part of, his role in the development of Leadville, Colorado, and his founding of the Kansas City Smelting...
Genius of George E. Kessler Greatest Gift to Kansas City's System of Parks
Profile of urban planner and landscape architect George E. Kessler and his designs implemented in the park and boulevard system of Kansas City, with photos and descriptions of individual parks.
Geographic Spotlight: The Quiet Boom
Photos and article about the growth of Platte County, Missouri, featuring "Weston's historical district, Kansas City International Airport's contributions to the country's economy, the new Harley-Davidson...
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...
Goin' to Kansas City Revisited
December, 2005-January, 2006
Brief article describing the history and September, 2005 dedication of the "Goin' to Kansas City Plaza" park, located at 12th Street and Vine. The park honors Kansas City's jazz history, as well as the...
Grandview Realizes Improved Safety and Efficiency Through Two Projects
Grandview's plan to improve its Main Street corridor in five phases and to construct a new parks and public works maintenance facility is explained in this article. Includes a drawing of the plans for...
A profile of the proposed Riverfront Heritage Trail which will connect greenway systems throughout Kansas City. "The simple goal is to develop a first-of-its-kind bistate trail system called the Riverfront...
Article discusses the history of the parks and boulevard system in Kansas City designed by George Kessler in 1893, as well as current improvements to existing parks and the importance of parks in the urban...
A brief history of the parks and boulevard system in Kansas City and future plans for downtown green spaces. Included is a detailed map of parks throughout the city. Kansas City is home to 214 parks and...
Guess Who's Running the Parks? A Familiar Name Takes an Old Job but with a New Twist
Photo and biographical article about L. P. Cookingham, the formerly prominent city manager of Kansas City from 1940 to 1959, appointed as the new president of the Kansas City Park Board by Mayor Berkley....
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Article about the history of the Ha Ha Tonka State Park area, just outside Camdenton, Missouri, "tucked away in the Lake of the Ozarks," with photos of the ruins of the Ha Ha Tonka castle and waterfront....
Historic Westport: Captain Joseph Parks
Biographical article about Captain Joseph Parks (1794-1859), "at one time chief of all the Shawnee Indians" and "a property owner in Rosedale in Kansas City, Kansas and in Westport." National interpreter...
How the Parks and Boulevards of Kansas City Are Financed
Article explaining the financing of the park and boulevard system by its primary designer, landscape architect George E. Kessler, with photos, map, and discussion.
How to Get Special Assessment Improvements in Kansas City, Mo.
Offer for special assessment improvements to citizens on "street pavements, sewers, sidewalks, and neighborhood parks and playgrounds."
In Memory of Mary Slover
Reminiscences about Mary Slover, the namesake of Slover Park in Independence.
In the Fun City. ..Where No One Lives
Article about the landscape and building architecture going into the design of the new Worlds of Fun theme park, which "must be appealing."
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