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Penn Valley Park
Kessler, George E
Howard N Monnett
E M Clendening
Floyd C Shoemaker
Frances S Bush
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 Memorial at Kansas City, Missouri
Illustrations and descriptions of the award-winning designs for the memorial located at Penn Valley Park.
A New Place to Land
Article describes the transformation of the former BMA Tower at 31st Street and Southwest Trafficway into luxury condominiums ("a residential Ritz-Carlton"). Renamed One Park Place, the tower, designed...
A Union Station Park
Short article about the favorable proposition to use the "land directly to the south of the new Union Station. ..for park purposes," and "that ample traffic ways to the east and to the west from the station...
Blow Your Mind! Come to Westport. ..Where People Are Trying to Understand People
Photos and article about the culture of Westport in the late 1960s, describing the area's unusual types of businesses (many antique stores, The Today shop, The Sign Coffeehouse, Pryde's Westport Inn, Motherlove...
Editorial: Kansas City, June 21 to 24 [and] Kansas City Itself
Accompanying articles about "the 30th annual meeting of the American Home Economics Association" in June 1937 at Kansas City, with a general description of the city and its geography, climate, and landmarks,...
Entertainment: The Best Is yet to Come!
Information about the city's jazz history and its revitalization with the annual festival at Penn Valley Park.
Eva Barnhardt [sic] Gray Reminisces: Before Penn Valley Was a Park It Meant Homes and Businesses
Reminiscences about early businesses and homes, including that of the interviewee's father, J. C. Burkhardt, a grocer.
Financing Kansas City's Parks
Maps, photo, and discussion of acquisition and maintenance of "neighborhood recreation areas."
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...
Kansas City--Shows Missouri
Pictorial article about the history and growth of Kansas City, with photos, illustration, and captions showing and describing the changes in Kansas City's appearance and functions from its early days to...
Kansas City's Corridor
This article explores the concept of Kansas City's Corrider, "generally defined as reaching south from the Midtown Freeway (Truman Road) to Crown Center, the Hospital Hill complexes, and Penn Valley Park....
Kansas City's Liberty Memorial, Part I
First article of two about the plans for the site for the memorial and its arrangement with nearby features in the city, with a photo of "R. A. Long, chairman of the Liberty Memorial Association," and...
Missouri: Four States in One
Photos and article about the different historical roles of Missouri and discussion of its rural and urban regions including Kansas City. Comparisons of importance of local history in Kansas City to the...
Mr. Kessler's Opinion
Opinions of the city's landscape architect regarding what to do with Signboard Hill, the hill between Union Station and Penn Valley Park.
Photo and biograhical description of Catherine McKnight, a landscape architect with Howell McKnight with "many of her projects being streetscapes like Ward Parkway and Johnson Drive, or public areas like...
Sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin, Who Knew the Horse and Knew the Indian
Photo and article about the Scout statue in Penn Valley Park and its sculptor, Cyrus Dallin (1861-1944), a native of Utah growing up with Indians and starting in sculpture in 1880, best known for his "larger-than-life...
The Blues and Jazz Festival Reincarnated
Article describes the planned 2005 Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival at the Woodlands racetrack, September 3rd and 4th, 2005. Planner Mark Valentine has attempted to overcome the difficulties experienced...
The Story behind "the Pioneer Mother"
Photos and article about the origins of the Pioneer Mother statue at Penn Valley Park (since 1927), sculpted by A. Phimister Proctor and commissioned and "given to the people of Kansas City by the late...
The Story Behind ''The Pioneer Mother''
May 1, 1966
Story of the creation of the statue in Penn Valley Park by sculptor A. Phimister Proctor.
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