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A Pioneer of 1842
Autobiographical letter by William Gilpin about his background leading up to his being the first territorial governor of Colorado, written some time after the Civil War, and describing his ties to the...
A Short Ride On the First Railroad West of the Mississippi
Article tells about the establishment of the Independence and Missouri River Railroad Company which built the first railroad in Missouri, starting in 1848. Independence extended its city limits north to...
Information about the industrial districts along the Blue River valley, such as Centropolis, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, etc., with the name Centropolis deriving from William Gilpin's mid-19th century...
Map titled: "Centropolis the condensed cities of Independence, Kansas & Westport, Jackson County, Missouri, January 1st, 1860." Other communities shown on the map include: Wyandotte, Parkville, Barry,...
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...
Characters and Incidents of the Plains
Biographical description of William Gilpin, calling him "the John the Baptist of the West," pointing out his contributions to early western settlement from Kansas to California, especially in regard to...
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
One paragraph about William Gilpin, "friend of Presidents and prophet of the western railroads, liv[ing] next door [to Kansas City] in Independence" in the 1850s, and "predicting a brilliant commercial...
Colorado: Its Resources, Parks, and Prospects as a New Field for Emigration
Biographical sketches of and description of the San Luis Park in Colorado by William Gilpin, co-organizer and first territorial governor of Colorado and former resident of Independence, responsible for...
Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas
Photo and biographical description of William Gilpin (1813-1894), "not only an explorer, but an author and writer" and "truly one of Kansas City's early pioneers, the only man in his day whose visions...
Early-Day Fort Leavenworth, Missouri
Description of Lieutenant Colonel William Gilpin being blocked on an 1847 expedition on the Santa Fe Trail "to campaign against Indians who were harassing traders and caravans."
Geopolitics with the Dew on It
Biographical article about William Gilpin, a co-organizer of Kansas City and resident of Independence in the mid-19th century. Article discusses in detail his geographical theories involving the importance...
Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountains' Gold Region
Extracts from the "lecture at Kansas City" of Colonel William Gilpin, "of Independence, Mo.," about the gold regions of the Sierra San Juan mountains in Colorado, with biographical information on him and...
History of the Life of William Gilpin: A Character Study
Biography of William Gilpin written during his old age, with a portrait of him and his map of the world in color, showing his "isothermal axis" of population centers, and with a description of Gilpin's...
Kansas City, Missouri: Its History and Its People, 1808-1908
Chapter of the book about the prophecies about Kansas City in the 19th century, featuring those by Senator Thomas Benton in the 1850s and those by Jackson County resident William Gilpin starting in the...
Magazines Old and New: Missouri Newspapers and Magazines
Biographical descriptions of Saint Louis journalists Elijah Lovejoy and William Gilpin from the 1830s-1840s. Description of Lovejoy as the founder and editor of an "abolitionist newspaper called The Observer"...
Major William Gilpin, the Prophet of Kansas City
Photo and biographical article about William Gilpin (1813-1894), describing his career as promoter and prophet of the West and Kansas City, living in Independence from about 1841 to 1861, and interacting...
Mission of the North American People: Geograhical, Social, and Political
Book by William Gilpin about the unique destiny of America (and its "natural" center, the Kansas City area) due to its political and geographical position between Europe and Asia, undeveloped and young...
Photo and biographical article about William Gilpin (1813-1894).
National Aspects of the Old Oregon Trail
Article about the "Old Oregon Trail," from Independence, Missouri to Fort Vancouver, by Kansas historian William Connelley. Heroic characteristics and language are attributed to the trail in this article,...
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West
Critical description of William Gilpin's temperature-based concept of Centropolis, in the vicinity of Kansas City, as a mystical, arbitrary, and possibly racist basis for promoting Kansas City's locational...
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