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Herrick Parks Topping Obituary
Obituary for Herrick Parks Topping, or Herrick Topping (nicknamed Hal Topping), president of the Topping Valuation Company, dying at the age of 77 on April 30, 1958.
Historic Cliff Drive Dedicated: Community, Dignitaries Attend Gala Ceremony
Color photos and article about the dedication of the re-opened Cliff Drive as a Missouri state scenic by-way. Description of its revitalization and clean-up since 1998 with speech by Governor Bob Holden...
Historic Relics Wait For Rebirth
February 28, 2005
Several prominent sculpture pieces were saved while buildings were demolished in recent years. Thanks to people like Joan Dillon, Bob Berkebile, and Jane Flynn, architectural pieces from these buildings...
Hope to Restore Cusenbury Springs
Article about the efforts to restore the "natural spring. ..at the old Fairmount park" popular in the 1920s and 1930s, near Lexington Avenue and Northern Boulevard.
December 16, 1949
Across the street was Hyde Park, privately owned then, with an iron fence and locked gates, only the Hyde Park householders possessing keys. ..
Improvements Have Begun on Budd Park Pool Project
Ground was broke last week to usher in a $600,000 public improvement project for 110 year-old Budd Park, Kansas City's second oldest park. New pool and paths to be completed first.
In the Newest Fun Resort
Article about the park with "23 acres of light," street cars, music, flea circus, twentieth century inventions, and so forth, with illustrations.
Indian Mound Association Adopts Budd Park
Photo and article about the adoption of Budd Park by the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association, planning to keep the 40-acre park in the Northeast residential district regularly cleaned in cooperation...
Detailed drawings and captions about the future Worlds of Fun amusement park before its naming, owned by Lamar Hunt.
Is Indian Mound a Real Burial Ground?
February 8, 2006
In the column "q&a", Dean Hughson answers the question as to whether the Indian mound in the northeast Indian Mound Neighborhood was a real Indian burial ground. After checking with Ann McFerrin of the...
Israelis Visit Leawood for Gezer Park Ribbon-Cutting
October 23, 2009
Article describes the dedication of Gezer Park in Leawood, Kansas, including information about its architectural and landscaping features. Members of the Jewish Federation and delegates from Leawood's...
Jazz Site to Get Badge of Honor
September 26, 2003
The Mutual Musicians Foundation building at 1823 Highland Avenue joins the Harry S. Truman farm home in Grandview and the Truman Historic District in Independence as the only national historic landmarks...
Jeremiah Cameron Salute is Well-Timed
May 3, 2007
Local African American educator Jeremiah Cameron is to have park land named after him. Dr. Jeremiah Cameron Park is located at 43rd Street and Broadway. Dr. Cameron, at age 87, plans to be on hand when...
John D. Parks Is Dead: Cancer Is Fatal to Former K. U. Teacher of Design, 32
April 5, 1954
Obituary for John Parks, "artist, teacher of design and aspiring author," dying at the age of 32 in 1954. Native of Wichita, Kansas, coming to Kansas City in 1951 as an art teacher at Kansas University...
Just Off Broadway Theatre Gets Larger Home
July 10, 2011
Thanks to tax increment financing dollars from the Federal Reserve's new regional headquarters just south of Penn Valley Park, the Just Off Broadway Theatre has been able to "dramatically enhance the building...
Kansas City Amusement Parks
June 3, 1973
Entire section of the paper dedicated to articles and photos on Worlds of Fun and its predecessors as local amusement parks, including the following "parks": Electric, Winnwood, Fairmount, Carnival, Mount...
Kansas City's Coney Island
Illustrations and text about the industrial exposition at Electric Park and the agricultural exposition at Troost Park.
Kansas City's First Memorial
March 10, 2010
Postcard image and short article about the history of the August R. Meyer Memorial. Located at 10th Street and Paseo Boulevard, the monument was dedicated on June 2, 1909, in memory of August Meyer, first...
KC Drummer Vince Bilardo, Mentor to Other Musicians, Dies
February 26, 2009
Obituary for Kansas City musician Vince Bilardo, who died February 23, 2009, in his home. Bilardo's musical career spanned nearly four decades, including 23 years with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra....
KC Park Board to Study Service
August 4, 2008
Members of the city's Park Board plan to take a closer look at the city's 10 community centers. The main concern is that the centers are well maintained and that they meet the needs of the community. About...
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