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Gary L Cheatham
Biography of William Gillis (circa 1797-1869), Indian Trader and Kansas City Town Founder
Centropolis: Boom Town on the Blue River
History of the Centropolis industrial district along the Blue River between Kansas City and Independence, with photos and maps, describing both the real industrial and residential developments there and...
Comes a Horseman
Article describes the history and use of the draft horse in cultivating the Midwest region.
Death of Margaret Landis Former member of UCHS
Obituary for author Margaret Landis, excerpted from the Kansas City Star. March 27, 2002.
Drawing the Color Line in Kansas City: The Creation of Sumner High School
Although the grammar schools of Kansas City, Kansas, were completely segregated by 1890, the same state law that permitted this practice in cities with more than fifteen thousand residents specifically...
Entire issue devoted to former President of the United States Dwight David Eisenhower from Kansas, with photos, illustrations, and articles on the following topics: politics, his "Great Truck Train" across...
Electric Park: Kansas City's Coney Island 1900-1925
A 45-page paper on the history of Electric Park with the information arranged chronologically. Chapter 9, "Souvenirs," contains a listing of known postcards of Electric Park. Includes copies of maps and...
Enemy Soldiers On American Soil: When WWII POWS Camped in Jackson County, Missouri
There were 15,000 POWS located in Missouri during World War II. Jackson County had one camp located at Atherton. Article about this camp, includes photographs and footnotes.
F. G. Smith
Advertising card for F. G. Smith showing two men fishing in a lake, one in a boat and one reclining on the grassy bank. Caption says: "Autumn." One of three cards each illustrating a season. Front lower...
Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., The
Advertising card for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. showing autumn scene with colored leaves. One of a set of four cards (each one a season). Back of card lists branch houses and their addresses...
Harry Truman's Hat Tip at ''The Top Hat'' Changed My Life
Autobiographical article by JoeLouis Mattox. He met Harry Truman when 16 years old while working at the Caruthersville, Missouri cafe called "The Top Hat". Truman encouraged him to go to Lincoln University...
History of the Kansas State Historical Society
Entire issue devoted to the history of the Kansas State Historical Society and its Topeka, Kansas, Memorial Building, new facilities, publications, etc., with several photos and architectural drawings....
House from the Southeast, in Autumn
1008 Valentine Road, Residence of Dr. Don Carlos Guffey, Physician
Jackson County's Jail and Its Jailers: Early Sheriffs Enforced the Law To 1859
First of two installments giving the history of the Jackson County Jail in Independence, Missouri. The 100-year-old jail is located at 217 North Main Street. The Jackson County Historical Society has owned...
Jackson County's Little Blue River Valley: Balancing Development and Preservation of an Historic Rural Landscape
What is referred to as the Little Blue Valley is the drainage basin for the Little Blue River and covers a third of Jackson County, Missouri. The article gives the history of this area including its significance...
Kansas City Biography: Charles E. Whittaker
Article about the life of Kansas City lawyer and later United States Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Whittaker and the 1998 new federal courthouse named for him at 9th and Locust Streets, with photos....
Kansas Literature and Race
An overview of how race has been expressed in literature and poetry by Kansans. The author discusses how issues of segregation, class, poverty, social justice, and integration in Kansas have been portrayed...
A bibliographic essay that features many types of transportation used in Kansas over the years. Transportation is traced in the state from foot to horse and waterway, horse to locomotive, and train to...
Karges & Cartwright Dry Goods Co.
Advertising card for Karges & Cartwright Dry Goods Co. showing a girl picking up autumn leaves. One of two cards with similar design. Lower left corner has "No. 22." Back of card is blank. Address given...
KC Board of Trade's New Futures: Scale and Big Changes
October 19-25, 2012
The Kansas City Board of Trade was aquired by CME Group for $126 million dollars. Founded in 1856, the KCBT is the city's "oldest continuously operating business," and oversees all trading of Hard Red...
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