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A Development Tool and Transportation System
Discusses the need for a system of light rail transportation in Kansas City.
A Leadership Void Surrounds Light Rail Issue
Discusses the issues surrounding the ballot proposal for implementation of a light rail system.
A Trolley Builder Gone
Biographical article about George Townsend, one of the promoters of the Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Excelsior Springs electric line, reported missing.
A Wonderful City: Such Was the Verdict of the All-American Delegates
Story about the tour by delegates from Central and South America of Kansas City by street railways, including an in-depth inspection of the Consolidated Kansas City Smelting & Refining Company in the Argentine...
An Old Way of Moving is Timely Once More
June 23, 2007
June 23, 1957, marks the 50th anniversary of the last streetcar ride in Kansas City. Streetcars were introduced in Kansas City in the 1870s but were fazed out in the 1950s in favor of a more modern bus...
Broadway Business Group Restates Its Position on Light Rail
Details objections to installation of a light rail transportation system along Broadway in midtown Kansas City.
Cable Railway in Kansas City
June 11, 1972
Change in Tram Plan: New Downtown Traffic Center Setup Effective Tomorrow
Article about changes and closings in some street railway routes, but unverified as to the above tidbit, from the local history index card.
Chastain Launches New Petition Drive Focusing on Transportation at Union Station
Discusses petition drive launched by activist Clay Chastain to incorporate transportation into the redevelopment of Union Station.
Chastain's Big Fight: Libel Suits Against the Star
Discusses the lawsuit brought by activist Chastain against the Kansas City Star and others for libel.
Clay Versus Gray
Editorial detailing the activities of political consultant Pat Gray, particularly in regard to Clay Chastain's light-rail proposals.
Clipboard in Hand. . . Again
Discusses activist Clay Chastain's renewed efforts to place a light rail plan before the voters in Kansas City.
Coming of Age: Kansas City in the 19th Century
Seventh in a monthly series of special sections of the Star on Kansas City in the 19th century. Focus on the growth of the city through connections by street railways and the new problems brought by the...
Contract Let for 12th Street Viaduct
Report about the new bridge to be built by Graff Construction Company, replacing Kansas City's last cable car line, in service for 25 years.
Crane Ideal Man for Mayor of K. C.
Article about the merits of the platform of Cyrus Crane, a candidate for mayor of Kansas City in 1918, including plans to improve "the gas, street railways, electric light and other public service concerns."...
Deaths: Joseph E. Halpin, Jr.
Obituary for Joseph Halpin, Jr., "66, of 608 East 79th Terrace, owner of the former Halco Products & Chemicals" company and a lifelong Kansas Citian, also "the grandson of the Corrigan pioneers [including...
Dodson Dummy Line Time Schedule
May 25, 1895
Time schedule for the Dodson Dummy Line Railroad, traveling from Westport through Waldo to Dodson, Missouri.
End of Electric Transit Era
January 4, 1959
Photo and caption about the end and history of the city's electric street cars, with history since 1884.
Engineering a Rail Change
Discusses opposition by Mayor Emanuel Cleaver and others to implementation of a light rail transportation system.
Era of Street Car Draws Near Its Close
Article about the end of Kansas City's street car transportation.
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