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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Theodore S Case
George W Hilton
The Cable Car in America
Biography of Robert Gillham (1854-1899), Rapid Transit Pioneer
Cable Railway in Kansas City
June 11, 1972
Dodson Line 65
75th and Wornall, electric railway. On back of photograph, written in blue ink, "KCPS 1175 (Dodson), 75th @ Wornall, Summer 1950."
Cable Cars in Kansas City
A 10 page typewritten paper on the history of cable cars in Kansas City from their introduction in 1885 to discontinuation in 1913, with details about their construction and operation as early streetcars....
A selection of 8 postcards of Amusement Parks
Change in Tram Plan: New Downtown Traffic Center Setup Effective Tomorrow
Article about changes and closings in some street railway routes, but unverified as to the above tidbit, from the local history index card.
28 Years of Cable Cars in Kansas City
Article about the history and unique facts about cable cars and street railways other than the electric type in Kansas City, detailing each company, with photos.
Cable Railways: Their History, and Use in America
Article about the history and use of cable cars or early street railways in America by Kansas City engineer Robert Gillham. Contains a biographical sketch of him at the end.
This Was Kansas City--Cable Car Days
June 1, 1948
Article about the history of local street railways with a photo of a street car of the Troost Ave., Washington & Summit St. Cable.
Did You Know. ..?
Article contains four historic facts about the following: (1) the Holmes Street Railway, (2) the placement of streets in the Midtown district "in a basic grid pattern," (3) the first automobile built in...
Engineering--The Kansas City Cable Railway
Article describing Kansas City's "first duplicate cable railway built and operated in the world," with its design for safety and elevated tracks around Union Depot above Union Avenue.
But Ten Feet from Death
Article recounting the streetcar or cable car accident during President Grover Cleveland's visit to Kansas City in 1887, narrowly missing the President's carriage and injuring four people in the crowded...
A Trolley Builder Gone
Biographical article about George Townsend, one of the promoters of the Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Excelsior Springs electric line, reported missing.
Robert Gillham, Civil Engineer
Biographical article about Kansas City civil engineer and cable car line designer Robert Gillham (1854-1899), with portrait and copies of vital records. The article describes his life and career. He was...
Mrs. Cleveland Remembers the Injured Ones
Brief article about Mrs. Frances Cleveland's inquiry and remorse about the injuries to people in the crowd by a runaway cable car during their visit.
The Industries of Kansas City: Facts, Figures and Illustrations
Brief description of the Barnum Hotel at 4th and Main Streets and the cable cars associated with it.
Cable Car and Horse-Drawn Wagon
Cable car traveling near 9th and Mulberry in West Bottoms. Also shows 9th Street elevated line.
The Autobiography of William Allen White
April 29, 1905
Chapters of the book describe the journalism career in Kansas City of William Allen White, or William White, who came here in 1891 at the end of the 1880s boom. Description of the city in the early 1890s...
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