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A Wild West Bottoms Saloon
Opening in September 2009, the R Bar is a modern saloon "inspired" by the numerous saloons that once occupied the West Bottoms. Owner Joy Jacobs discovered a large, lighted "R" at a local architectural...
Alderman Jim Pendergast
Biography of James or "Big Jim" Pendergast, older brother of Tom Pendergast, starting in Kansas City politics in the late 1870s as a saloon keeper and City Council alderman in the First Ward, including...
Anything But Lousy: J. Bird Studios Builds a Nest in Armourdale
J. Bird Studios, at 516 Kansas Avenue, opened September 2006. Tile-maker Jori Herbert established the six-artist studio in Armourdale because of its affordability and proximity to West Bottoms and Crossroads....
Photo and biographical article about Reverend Henry Hopkins (ca. 1837-1908), former "chaplain of the Sons of the Revolution in Missouri" and founder of "Kawsmouth Chapel in the West Bottoms" in the 1880s....
Architecture: Prizewinning Arena Collapses
Photos and article about the collapse of the roof of the Kemper Arena, "the 17,000-seat sports and concert coliseum that was the site of the 1976 Republican Convention" in the West Bottoms.
Art in Kansas City
Two articles highlight the art scene in Kansas City: "Kansas City's Glittering New Galleries" and "Kansas City: A City of Art." The first article reviews the new Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum...
Bill Nelson's Big Dream
Photo and biographical article about Bill Nelson (arriving here in 1988 from Dallas), former "president of Boatmen's First National Bank of Kansas City," and his efforts to replace Kemper Arena in the...
Bottom to Top
Author relates a day visting local shops and businesses in the West Bottoms including Full Moon Productions, Architectural Reclamation Foundation, Fleeting Flea, Bella Patina, as well as restaurants, and...
Building in the Kansas City Tradition Is Shoal Creek Valley's FOCUS
Photos, maps, and extensive article on the new Shoal Creek Valley mixed residential and commercial neighborhood in Kansas City, North, as compared to older but similarly planned sections of town. Description...
Central City of the West
Article stating Kansas City's population as 250,000 in 1900. Discussion of the city's history and planning developments, with photographs of the West Bottoms, Chase School, Midland Hotel lobby, Fairmount...
Democrats and Dissidents in Ten-Strong
Review of group show held in a private space in the West Bottoms.
Downtown Districts Reflect Individual Strengths
Summary and assessment of Kansas City downtown development at the end of 2009. Articles contain descriptions of activity in districts of the central city: The "Loop" (Central Business District); Government/East...
Downtown Kansas City 2000
Article features living in and near downtown in the new lofts and apartments.
Erotic Exhibition and Performance in West Bottoms
Review of multi-media show at Dirt Gallery.
Foreword: Renewing Downtown, One Building at a Time
Editorial article about the revival of parts (or "neighborhoods") of Downtown and Midtown Kansas City, especially the Crossroads District, 39th Street (in Westport or Midtown), and potentially next in...
Friday the Thirteenth. ..
All sorts of views of the 1951 flood in photos with captions.
From the Archives
Description of "[a]n old account ledger dated 1861-1864" of "Thomas Green, who rode horseback from St. Louis to Kansas City in 1858," describing the operations of his grocery business, T. Green Grocer...
How Two Towns Became One
Description of the State Line House hotel on the state line, established around the time of the Civil War and managed by "a Colonel Greene," along with photos of the flooded West Bottoms during the 1903...
I Had a Hunch [Part Four]
Fourth in a series of autobiographical articles with illustrations about Arthur Stilwell, a Kansas City railroad magnate of the southern Midwest in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Description of his middle...
I Had a Hunch [Part One]
First in a series of autobiographical articles with illustrations about Arthur Stilwell, a Kansas City railroad magnate of the southern Midwest in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Description of his upbringing...
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