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Swope, Thomas H
David W Jackson
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
Benton Boulevard Bridge over Brush Creek, Three Fourths Completed
Photo and caption about the new (1922) Benton Boulevard bridge crossing Brush Creek and connecting northeast Kansas City with the Swope Park area.
Colonel Thomas Swope Obituary
October 7, 2009
Obituary for Colonel Thomas Swope (1827-1909), a prominent real estate investor and namesake of Swope Park, dying in 1909. Colonel Swope's body "lay in state" in the rotunda of the Kansas City Public Library...
Fire Department Horses Dan and Joe
Brief article describing Dan and Joe, the famous fire horses during Chief George Hale's tenure, both horses competing in the 1893 London exposition, Joe being killed in 1894 in a Kansas City cable car...
Kansas City Altitudes
September 22, 1985
The highest point within the city limits of Kansas City is at 155th and Prospect Avenues--1,081 feet, according to Michael Wilson, chief of survey, engineering division, Kansas City Public Works Department....
KC Park Board to Study Service
August 4, 2008
Members of the city's Park Board plan to take a closer look at the city's 10 community centers. The main concern is that the centers are well maintained and that they meet the needs of the community. About...
Lake City Ordnance Plant
October 5, 1941
Nearly an entire section of the paper devoted to the dedication of the new "Lake City Ordnance Plant," a military industrial complex for production of small arms ammunition in eastern Jackson County made...
Linda Lovelace Here: Sex Star Easy to Like
Photo and biographical article about Linda Lovelace, a 23-year-old "star of 'Deep Throat,' the X-rated box-office smash" making a movie in Kansas City's Swope Park supposedly entitled "Linda Lovelace for...
Loop Road at Swope Park Solves Problems, But Others Remain
Discusses efforts by police and other officials to control the behavior of youths in Swope Park.
Loop Road Remains a Place of Controversy
Discusses the activities of young people at "The Loop", a popular spot in Swope Park, and the need for police presence to maintain crowd control.
Magic of The Beanstalk
July 27, 2005
Feature article on Kansas City's Community Gardens. The Beanstalk, the new children's garden in Swope Park, allows kids--and adults--''to see a perfectly kept garden of vegetables and colorful flowers''...
Memories Ripple Across Lake of the Woods
January 7, 2009
Article about the Lake of the Woods, a man-made lake in Swope Park. The lake was constructed in 1908 and was considered a horseshoe shaped lagoon. The reservoir that was to supply it was formed by building...
Oakwood Country Club Will Mark 125 Years
August 18, 2006
The new game of golf was one reason Oakwood Country Club, then known as the Progress Club, moved from downtown to its current location, a then-rural property at 9800 Grandview Road, in 1911. When the course...
Obituary for Colonel Thomas Swope
October 9, 2009
Obituary for Colonel Thomas Swope (1827-1909), a prominent local real estate investor and namesake of Swope Park killed in an infamous poisoning by his doctor.
Planes Thrilled 125,000 Here in 1918
Article recalling the mock air battle on August 28, 1918, over Swope Park, by the British-American Flying Mission touring the country to provide the public better understanding of airplanes and their utilization...
July 17, 2005
Article tells the story of the desegregation of Swope Park's public golf courses in 1950. Golf course #1 was for whites only, while golf course #2, a much smaller and poorly maintained course, was for...
Pole Restored to Its Old Glory
July 20, 2011
Article about the history of the Loose Flagpole located in Swope Park. Jacob Loose gave the pole to the city and it was dedicated on July 5, 1915. The tall fixture that stands 200-feet high was refurbished...
Pool Segregation Put KC in Spotlight
January 15, 2002
Story relates how on January 15, 1952, Thurgood Marshall, later a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, led this area's civil rights cause concerning the desegregation of the all white Swope Park Swimming Pool....
Q.: Is the Oldham Road That Runs Through Swope Park Named for the Founder of Oldham's Sausage?
November 14, 1993
Ruby Oldham of Lee's Summit thinks the road in Swope Park was named for a relative of her late husband, Charles Quincy Oldham, the founder of Oldham's Farm Sausage Inc. Kansas City records don't say. However,...
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