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Edward M Eveld
A Forgotten River
February 27, 2008
Article discusses the decline of recreational activity on the Missouri River and profiles riverboat pilot Rick Lynn, whose father first opened a waterfront marina in 1957. the Lynn family also launched...
A French Canadian Family among Western Pathfinders
October 16, 1924
Illustrations and biographical article about the Robidoux family of fur traders in Missouri and the far west including Louis Robidoux and especially his brother Joseph Robidoux III (1763-1868), founder...
A River Runs Through Us
August 1, 2007
Article about the Riverfront Heritage Trail that winds through Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. The trail follows the Missouri and Kansas Rivers and includes historical and educational markers...
Blue River is Flowing Toward a Cleaner Future
November 29, 2008
Efforts are underway to clean up the Blue River. The City is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to remove trash and blighted buildings and to clean the river polluted with industrial runoff and other...
Map, caption, and article about Dr. E. R. Heath, or Edwin Heath, a physician in Kansas City, Kansas, and an explorer in South America starting in 1872, discovering rivers and river headwaters in the Andes...
First Efforts to Bridge Western Rivers Brought a Fight by Steamboat Interests
Photo, caption, and article about the mid-19th century history of transportation rivalry between steamboats and railroad bridges, especially in the Midwest (then the western frontier). Description of the...
It's Just One Big Sewer
August 20, 2011
Article describes the water pollution problem around the Kaw Point area of the Kansas River. A reported 2.5 billion gallons of raw sewage empties out near the Kaw Point Park each year due to Kansas City's...
KC Spends $1.7M to Open Missouri River Wharf, Terminal
June 15-21, 2012
Article on a project by the Kansas City Port Authority to renovate and reopen a terminal off Woodswether Road in the West Bottoms for barge traffic on the Missouri River. The port closed in 2007 due to...
Lena Rivers Smith: Two Decades on the Kansas City News Front
File containing photos, illustration, and a biographical article about Lena Rivers Smith, or Lena Smith, "the distaff member of the WDAF-TV news team." Raised in Kansas City becoming an editor with the...
Missouri River 340: Stamina, Spirit Put to Test
July 25, 2007
On July 24 approximately 75 canoes and kayaks launched from Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas, for the start of the second Missouri 340. This 340-mile race will end in St. Charles, Missouri, and includes...
Names of Kansas Rivers Reflect Some of the History Made on Their Banks
Article discussing the origins of the names of rivers in Kansas, including the Missouri River, from the word "Missouri," meaning "'town of large canoes' or 'wooden canoe people,'" taken from the Missouri...
Piece of KC's Past Going Up in Lights
August 18, 2010
A piece of architecftural artwork called "Rivers, Rails and Trails" will be attached to the new addition of the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The digitized 1926 map...
Q.: Where Was the USS Kansas City Built?
Report Looks at Causes, Effects of Kansas River's Long Decline
June 2, 2005
Article reviews the Kansas Water Office report that is the first comprehensive look at how the river has deteriorated over the years. ''The Kansas River, also known as the Kaw, winds 170 miles from near...
River Up for War: Ft. Peck Dam Gates Are Opened to Permit Floating of Barges Here
Photo, caption, and article about the high levels of the upper Missouri River allowing for smooth and timely embarkment of "eight ocean-going war craft built in Kansas City shipyards" by the Darby Corporation...
A collection of 63 pages of photocopied newspaper articles from local, state, and national newspapers on various aspects of steamboats and steamboating on the Missouri and Kansas rivers. The bulk of the...
The Beautiful Blue River: A Peaceful Sunday on It Shaded Waters
Article about the Big Blue River in eastern Kansas City, with a description of its early days as a trapping ground for Daniel Boone and thereafter river crossing on the Santa Fe Trail.
The Mottled Sunshine and Thinning Foliage of Autumn
Photo and caption about the Scout Statue, a work of sculpture by artist Cyrus Dallin, in its "recently refurbished" version.
Troubled Times for the Big Muddy
January 21, 2014
Article on the continuously dropping river bed and water levels of the Missouri River. The system of dikes and reservoirs "that helped keep the Missouri River channel locked in place," and the effects...
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