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12th Street Viaduct Links Downtown to Bottoms
July 20, 2011
Photo postcard showing the construction of the "new" 12th Street Viaduct and an accompanying article about its opening on March 8, 1915.
20 Years Later, We Dread the Next Flood
June 9, 2013
Article focuses upon remembrance of the flood that impacted the Kansas City area during the summer of 1993. Business and property owners in the affected areas are interviewed and discuss both their recollections...
A New Owner Steps Up
July 7, 2013
Article announces that Bill Haw Jr. will open a new art gallery in the space formerly occupied by the Dolphin Galleries. Haw's background as a businessman and supporter of the arts in Kansas City is outlined....
American Royal Looks At Its Future
October 21, 2005
A $50 million plan to enlarge the American Royal complex was given on October 20, 2005. The actual costs will probably be between $50 and $100 million dollars. It is hoped that an additional 151,000 visitors...
Bottoms & Biblical Landscapes
November 26, 2009
Review of two separate solo shows at the Late Show, 1600 Cherry; one by Brookfield, Missouri, artist Nora Othic called "Torah! Torah! Torah!" and Kansas City artist Marci Aylward called "Urban Landscapes."...
City's Renaissance Will Get a New Link
November 2, 2005
An unused Kansas City Southern bridge built in 1892 joining the East and West Bottoms will be moved to the Freight House District. "Kansas City Southern is donating the bridge. Kansas City Terminal Railway...
Corporate Profile: It's Low-Key but Highly Regarded
Article about the history of the Frank Paxton Lumber Company in Kansas City since about 1914, moved from the West Bottoms after the 1951 flood to 6311 Saint John Avenue. Description of its supply of rare...
Death Interrupts a Tradition at Royal
October 17, 2007
The Armstrong family of Glenburn, North Dakota, have for many years traveled to Kansas City and sold Tubby Burgers at the American Royal. "For two decades, the Armstrongs served hot, fresh, tasty food...
Decades of Decay Erased
August 30, 2009
A cooperative program between business owners and community service workers has cleaned up public areas in the West Bottoms. Workers have weeded and landscaped parks and medians, removed trash from vacant...
Expedition to Chili
December 28, 2006-January 3, 2007
Article describing restaurants throughout the Kansas City area known for outstanding chili. Among those mentioned are Town Topic, Dixon's Famous Chili and the Courthouse Exchange in Independence, Fritz's...
Farewell, Music Exchange
November 9, 2005
The popular Music Exchange business located at 4200 Broadway is about to close, probably by December 31, 2005. There are more than a million recordings in the shop. The Music Exchange was formed in 1976...
Father Dalton Is Dead: End Comes to Pioneer Priest of Kansas City
Photo and obituary for Reverend William Dalton (~1848-1927), "79 years old, the oldest Catholic priest in Kansas City in age and length of service," also a local historian and biographer of Father Bernard...
Firms Round Up a Bottoms Plan
January 22-28, 2010
Several owners of businesses in the West Bottoms have joined Bill Haw, owner of the Livestock Exchange Building, in supporting a plan to develop the Stockyards Place project. The project will build the...
From the Bottom Up: West Bottoms Enjoys Quiet Revival Thanks to Organic Growth
August 5-11, 2011
Article about the West Bottoms development over the last few years, with transportation improvements, crime prevention, and renovation of old buildings. Included in the article is a map of the West Bottoms...
Article containing a prophecy by A. J. Normand, shoe store owner and publisher of "The Kansas City Bridge," issued on July 3, 1869, in commemoration of the Hannibal Bridge opening. This article also reprints...
Recount of the day's festivities for the Hannibal Bridge opening. Includes drawing by J. W. Scott, an early fire fighter, of the West Bottoms.
Haunted Houses were His Passion
July 27, 2005
Owner Dennis Kingsolver of the commercial haunted house The Catacombs on 1100 Santa Fe St. in the West Bottoms died in an accident while working on an elevator at The Catacombs. Article discusses Kingsolver's...
How Districts Get Names
January 4, 1925
Article about the origins of area place names like Toad-a-Loop, Tour-de-Loup, and Sni-a-Bar, all supposed to be of French origin etymologically. "One of the troublesome place names in Kansas City is that...
In the 'City of the Future' Unique Streetcar Rise Raised Hair
August 18, 2010
Short article and postcard image of the Ninth Street Incline and West Bottoms District. The line was designed by civil engineer Robert Gillham and completed in 1885. At the time, it was one of only two...
Jay B. Dillingham: Ageless at 90
News of the 90th birthday celebration for long-time livestock and transportation industries leader Jay Dillingham, with photo of his descendants. Description of his career as former president of the Kansas...
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