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'Firefighter's Firefighter' eulogized
September 12, 2004
Article describes the life and death of firefighter Gerald 'Mac' McGowan. A 32-year veteran of the Department, McGowan died in an accident en route to a fire.
'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
1908 Flood, Morris Packing Plant
Postcard of the Morris Packing Plant during the 1908 Flood
1951 Flood Photograph Collection Finding Aid
The collection of 30 black and white photographs include aerial views as well as ground shots of streets, rubble, river bottoms, etc., during the 1951 flood in Kansas City. It also contains views of the...
A Hero's Welcome Home
Article describes the new home presented to Kansas City firefighter Stephen Johnson in a 2005 episode of the ABC reality television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Johnson was one of six local firefighters...
AC27 Williams Photo Studio Collection Finding Aid
ca. 1920-ca. 1959
The Williams Photo Studio Collection contains images of African American civic and health institutions, organizations, and schools as well as individuals and residences in the Kansas City metropolitan...
AC40 William L. Fambrough, Sr., Photo Negatives Collection Finding Aid
ca. 1953-ca. 1964 [Bulk: 1960-1964]
The William L. Fambrough, Sr., Photo Negatives Collection contains images of African American life and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan area created by photographer William L. Fambrough, Sr., ca....
African Americans in Kansas City
Folder contains three unpublished papers relating to the history of African Americans in Kansas City. (1) "Assets and Liabilities of the Negro Community in K.C.", a radio talk by E.S. Lewis, Oct. 1, 1931;...
Ashes Are Gone, and Renewal Is Under Way
February 16, 2008
Story about the February 16, 2007, fire at 75th and Washington St. and the businesses affected and year later status of the businesses. "The blaze destroyed the 74-year-old Waldo Astoria Dinner Theater...
Biography of George C. Hale (1850-1923), Fire Chief
Blaze Ravages Restaurant
February 18, 2015
A fire has destroyed the iconic Gates barbecue restaurant at 10440 E. U.S. 40 Highway in Independence, Mo. Firefighters have yet to determine the source of the blaze. Opened in 1979, the restaurant was...
Bob Kipp: He'll Manage
Photos and biographical article about Robert Kipp, city manager of Kansas City with office on the 29th floor of City Hall. Description of his life and career, born in Nebraska and meeting L. P. Cookingham...
Firemen extinguishing a smoldering fire that has destroyed an unidentified building. Several people are watching from a nearby street and filling station. There are several billboard advertisements in...
Central Fire Station
Fire trucks in front of Central Fire Station (department headquarters).
Chief Dies at Big Blaze
Article about the death at age 49 of Harvey Baldwin, chief of the fire department, during a large fire caused by heavy winds at Penrod, Jurden & Clark Lumber Company at 7400 Saint John Avenue, with photos...
Christopher Klingman Obituary
April 15, 1932
Obituary for Christopher Klingman, identified as "one of the first firemen of Kansas City." Klingman joined the volunteer firemen German Hook and Ladder Company in 1870, and later served as a captain in...
Church Undaunted by Fire's Damage
December 28, 2012
Article reports on a fire nearly destroying the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church building at Seventh Street and Benton Boulevard. Firefighters believe the blaze may have been caused my old electrical wire...
Citizens Historical Association: Biographical Data of Kansas Citians
Biographical sketch of John Opie, proprietor of the Opie Brush Company at 1422 McGee Street. Born in Kansas City at 322 East 9th Street in 1884 and joining the Kansas City Fire Department from 1904 to...
Citizens Historical Association: Biographical Data of Kansas Citians Index
Biographical sketch of William Gardner, chief of patrols of the Underwriters Fire Patrol, Incorporated, at 1019 Cherry Street in Kansas City. He was born here at 1330 Highland Avenue in 1889 and became...
City of Art, Kansas City's Public Art
Tom Corbin "may be the most prolific artist in Kansas City." His works include the Firefighters Memorial Fountain, the Children's Fountain in the Northland, Kauffman Memorial Gardens, the figures of the...
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