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161. Rebuilding Convention Hall: An Episode in the Life of a City [Missouri Valley Series Number 3] Rebuilding Convention Hall: An Episode in the Life of a City [Missouri Valley Series Number 3] 1963 Description of the fire and rapid reconstruction of Convention Hall, the "finest public auditorium in the nation" in 1900, designed by Frederick E. Hill.

162. Recounting 50 Years Ago, When Fireball Swallowed 6 Recounting 50 Years Ago, When Fireball Swallowed 6 August 19, 2009 Article detailing the disaster where five Kansas City firefighters and one civilian died after being engulfed by a fireball from an explosion at the Continental Oil Company located at Southwest Boulevard...

163. Reid Brothers Packing House Fire, 1895 Reid Brothers Packing House Fire, 1895 2003 Article describes in detail a major fire at the Reid Brothers packing house in Kansas City, Kansas. The author includes much information about the workings of the Reid Packing House, a typical one of its...

164. Renovation Possible: Historic Old Coates House, Ravaged by Disastrous Fire, May Be Restored Renovation Possible: Historic Old Coates House, Ravaged by Disastrous Fire, May Be Restored September//1978 History of the old hotel after the 1978 fire, including description of its near-destruction by fire earlier in 1901.

165. Report of Chief of the Fire Department Report of Chief of the Fire Department 1879 Incomplete reproduction of Reports of City Officers of the City of Kansas, Mo. for the Fiscal Year Ending April 21st, 1879. The report of Kansas City Fire Department Chief Francis M. Foster contains a...

166. Rialto Building Rialto Building n.d. Identified on front of photograph as old Rialto Building located at 9th and Grand. Indicates it burned and was 8 degrees below zero.

167. Robert Keith Furniture and Carpet Company Robert Keith Furniture and Carpet Company File contains information on the furniture store at 11th and Grand Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. Also contains photocopies of photos that appeared in The Kansas City World, Photographic Section, December...

168. Ruins Hide a Mystery Ruins Hide a Mystery October 21, 2008 A two-alarm explosion and fire caused more than $1 million damage to the Hereford House, a long-time Kansas City restaurant at 20th & Main streets. Cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

169. Sanborn Maps Sanborn Maps

170. SC7 Missouri Valley Historical Society Records Finding Aid SC7 Missouri Valley Historical Society Records Finding Aid 1830-1940 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...

171. Southwest Boulevard Area Southwest Boulevard Area 1951 Aerial view of Southwest Boulevard in the aftermath of the 1951 Flood, showing smoke rising from a fire.

172. Southwest Boulevard Area Southwest Boulevard Area 1951 Aerial view of Southwest Boulevard in the aftermath of the 1951 Flood, showing smoke rising from a fire.

173. Stevens Imposes Life Sentences for Fatal Blast Stevens Imposes Life Sentences for Fatal Blast July 3, 1997 Article discusses sentencing of five defendants to life in prison without parole for causing the explosion that killed six Kansas City firefighters in November 1988.

174. Tenth Census of the United States: Social Statistics of Cities Tenth Census of the United States: Social Statistics of Cities 1880 One detailed paragraph about fire codes, finances, and fires fought by the department.

175. The Flood The Flood August//1951 One page description and many photos of the chaos caused by the flood.

176. The Last Word: Powerful Vibrations The Last Word: Powerful Vibrations May//1980 Schedule change to increase firefighting efficiency leading to strike by union and problems with city management and fires.

177. Theater Fire Theater Fire January/19/1893 Article with illustration about the fire practically destroying the 9th Street Theater at 9th and May Streets. Later renovated into the Orpheum Theater.

178. Tin Town Tin Town January 5, 1940 There was anxiety today among the fourteen residents of the community known as tin town," which lies on the bluff and in the hollow to the east of McGee Road just south of Pershing Road."

179. Town Topic: Rising from the Ashes Town Topic: Rising from the Ashes October 2001 Illustration and article about recent robberies and other crimes in the "Crossroads Arts District" south of Downtown, including a fire (possibly arson) nearly destroying the "Graffiti Building" at 19th...

180. Tragic Awakening Tragic Awakening November 28, 2006 Ten died in a fire at a group home in Anderson, Missouri. Cause as yet unknown. Along with the article is a chart with the deadliest fires in Missouri history: Feb. 17, 1957: Katie Jane Nursing Home in...