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Charlotte R White
63rd Street Trafficway
Description with photos and history of 63rd Street Trafficway, part of the park and boulevard system, from Swope Parkway to Elmwood Avenue, 0.64 miles long, acquired in 1913.
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 Stately and Serene Oasis in Kessler Park
February 13, 2011
A short description of the Colonnade and JFK Memorial in Kessler Park located at the intersection of Gladstone Boulevard and St. John Avenue. The Colonnade, designed by Henry Wright and possibly based...
A Story of the Development of the Parks and Recreation Department Published on the Occasion of Its Diamond Jubilee: 1892-1967
Listing of the various parks in the city in 1967 with photos, history, and descriptions.
Description with photos and history of Admiral Boulevard, part of the park and boulevard system, from Highland to Grand Avenue, 1.05 miles long, acquired in 1900.
America's Most Beautiful City
Description with photos of the notable park system: "Tying them all together is the longest system of municipal boulevards in the world."
Andrew Drips Park
Description of the 0.16-acre park acquired in 1882, between Belleview, 16th, and Jarboe Streets, with photo, drawing, and history as being the first city park.
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City Illustrated, 1908
Photos and description of Kansas City's park and boulevard system, depicting Admiral Boulevard, Grand Avenue, Independence Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Cliff Drive, and Gladstone Boulevard.
Annual Review of Greater Kansas City, 1908
Map, description, and area (for each park) and distance (for boulevards) charts about the Kansas City park and boulevard system with an inset of Swope Park.
Description with photos and history of Armour Boulevard, part of the park and boulevard system, from Broadway to Paseo Boulevards, 1.25 miles long, acquired in 1899.
Description of the 7.53-acre park between 22nd, Elmwood, 23rd, and Kensington Avenues, acquired in 1913, with photos, a drawing, and history.
Biographical sketch of August Meyer (1851-1905), a civil engineer and native of Saint Louis, Missouri, coming to Kansas City in 1881 as a mining investor and co-founder of the park board and the park and...
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.
Description with photos and history of Belmont Boulevard, part of the park and boulevard system, from Wilson Avenue to Gladstone Boulevard, 0.72 miles long, acquired in 1913.
Description with photos and history of Benton Boulevard, part of the park and boulevard system, from Saint John Avenue to Swope Parkway, 5.81 miles long, acquired in 1896-1914.
Biography of August Meyer (1851-1905), Parks and Boulevards Leader
Biography of Delbert J. Haff (1859-1943), Early Parks and Boulevards Legal Counsel
Biography of George E. Kessler (1862-1923), Landscape Architect
Description of the 6.93-acre park between 68th Street, a residential area, Gregoy Boulevard, and Forest Hill Cemetery, established in 1921, with photos, drawings, and history.
Description with photos and history of Broadway Boulevard, part of the park and boulevard system, from 31st to 43rd Streets, 1.53 miles long, acquired in 1902-1906.
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