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A Dose of Rail Transit Reality for KC
January 11, 2011
A $1.8 million federal grant awarded in December to Jackson County included $540,000 to study a two-mile streetcar line from Crown Center to the River Market. The "streetcar system could be built for as...
December 6-12, 2012
Article describes controversial issues surrounding the downtown streetcar plan that was passed by the City Council and became the subject of a special election in 2012. The origin of the plan is traced...
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...
Car Barn Fire (1923)
December 25, 1923
News of the destruction by fire of the car barn and armory building at 39th and Main Streets in 1923.
Drove the First Street Car Here
November 1, 2005
Article recalls the early work of Hannibal H. Colvin, who drove a streetcar from Kansas City to Westport from 1872 to 1874. Colvin describes the job as "driving two mules hitched to a decrepit street car...
Electric Transit Era Near End
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.
Era of Street Car Draws Near Its Close
Article about the end of Kansas City's street car transportation.
Ghastly 1918 Tales Chronicle Pandemic
November 2, 2005
The Spanish influenza of 1918 had a drastic effect on Kansas City. Article states that the city was in the ranks of the 10 most devastated cities. Includes how life was altered during that time period...
Henry Claude Hays
Obituary for Henry Claude Hays, or Henry Hays, a former tailor for 50 years in Downtown hotels, dying at the age of 84, with a description of his grandfather, Amazon Hays, a rider of mule-drawn streetcars...
Hobbyists Travel Far to Take Last Street Car
Article about the photograph-heavy visitation by the Central Electric Railfans association from Chicago of the last street car rides in Kansas City.
Kansas City Streetcar
November 29, 2006
Captioned photograph in the feature "Upfront in Historic Northeast" which shows a bona fide Kansas City streetcar located just outside Union Station. "The Regional Transit Alliance brought Public Service...
KC Streetcar Glory Days Hold Lessons for Today
November 23, 2013
Article focuses upon problems related to Kansas City streetcars of the past as well as those observers predict will affect future streetcar line projects. Former riders of KC streetcars and one former...
Lykins Trying to Save Piece of History
Lykins Neighborhood Association is trying to save the old trolley barn located at 9th and Van Brunt. Article includes photos of the exterior and interior of the building.
Map of the Street Railway System of Kansas City, Mo., Showing Connections of Westport and Waldo Electric Line
Map of the electric railway lines between Westport and Kansas City in 1894.
Marion Smith Obituary
Obituary for Miss Marion Smith (dying on March 2, 1970), daughter of the late William Smith, one of the founders of the first cable car company in Kansas City.
Mayor's Transit Idea Mapped Out
May 28, 2008
Mayor Mark Funkhouser of Kansas City released a $1.2 billion plan that "includes five different types of transit services, including light rail and modern streetcars through downtown, an east-west express...
Memories Revived by the Abandonment of the "L" Structure
Photos and caption about the "first type of electric car used over the elevated structure," and the "entrance to the old Eighth street tunnel built to accommodate the old cable cars," initially "at the...
Mister, Please Move Your Horse!
Photo and article about the Blossom House hotel, "one of the great show places in early Kansas City," built in 1882 on Union Avenue at a "U-turn" intersection for streetcars at the time.
Next Stop: Streetcars
December 13, 2012
Article announces that the tax initiative to fund a two-mile streetcar system in downtown Kansas City has been approved by voters. Various civic leaders are interviewed and discuss the potential for a...
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