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Cora Ellis Steele
100 Years of Aviation
Entire issue of Gateway Heritage devoted to flight. Includes primary sources such as letters by the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh. Chapters are: How We Made The First Flight; To Octave Chanute,...
Biography of Octave Chanute (1832-1910), Engineer and Bridge Builder
February 17, 1905
First bridge across the Missouri River. Corner stone laid on August 21, 1867. Dedicated in 1869. Built by Octave Chanute. First engine crossed on June 25, 1869.
Looking north along bridge, showing from left to right: George Morrison, Assistant Engineer; Octave Chanute, Chief Engineer; Joseph Tomkinson, Superintendent of Superconstruction.
Hannibal Bridge Profile
Henry Haskell and Katharine Wright
June 25, 1905
Aviation pioneers,Orville and Wilbur Wright, had a sister Katharine who eventually married local Kansas City Star,editor Henry Haskell. The book has several pages on the relationship between Haskell and...
Kansas City's Hannibal Bridge: Western Town-Booming and Eastern Capital
Description of Octave Chanute's taking over of the construction of the Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City starting in 1866.
Photos and newspaper clippings about men connected with local aviation, including Lou Holland, Octave Chanute, Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh, et al.
One paragraph about the role of city engineer Octave Chanute in 1871 in utilitzing the bluffs in Downtown Kansas City, including grading "the hill from Grand Avenue to Broadway" to the level of 3rd Street,...
Photo and biographical article about Octave Chanute (1832-1910), "builder of Kansas City's Hannibal Bridge," mentor to the Wright brothers in their invention of the airplane, and nationally prominent civil...
Photo and biographical description of Octave Chanute (1832-1910), "a civil engineer involved in bridge building, glider design, and flying machines," native to France and emigrating to Kansas City in 1867,...
June 17, 1905
Descriptions of and references to Octave Chanute, engineer of early railroad bridges and other constructions, including the Hannibal Bridge at Kansas City, Missouri, and the Kinzua Viaduct in Pennsylvania...
Biographical sketch of Octave Chanute (1832-1910), "the friend, mentor, and most important correspondent of the Wrights [the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur]." Description of Chanute's life and career,...
Head and shoulders portrait.
March 25, 1905
File contains a copy of a memorial booklet for Octave Chanute (1832-1910), a French immigrant in New York by 1838 from Paris, working with railroads by 1849 and eventually all around the nation, including...
Proceedings of Societies--The Sewerage of Kansas City
Article about the sewer system of Kansas City by noted civil engineer Octave Chanute, with suggestions for improvement such as keeping storm water and house sewage separate for sanitary reasons.
Quastler Photograph Collection
This collection includes 31, 11" x 14" black and white photographic reproductions. Included in this grouping are individuals of local interest as Alexander Majors, John C. McCoy, Robert Gillham, Nathan...
SC7 Missouri Valley Historical Society Records Finding Aid
The Missouri Valley Historical Society (1913-1940) was the successor to the Kansas City Historical Society (1906-1913) and the Early Settler's Society and Historical Association (1896-1906). All these...
The Kansas City Bridge, with an Account of the Regimen of the Missouri River, and a Description of Methods Used for Founding in That River
Book about the building of the Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City, the first bridge across the Missouri River, engineered by the author, Octave Chanute, with maps and illustrations.
The Passing of the Hannibal Bridge
Story of the replacement of the original Hannibal Bridge by the second one.
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