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Sutter, John A
Nettie Thompson Grove
John Edward Hicks
Floyd C Shoemaker
A Brief History Of Old Westport
Originally published in The Kansas City Star in March 1933, this is part two. It discusses the Mormons, Santa Fe trade, Westport's chief advantages, John Sutter, and John Fremont.
A Map Exhibiting the Locality of the Nebraska Gold Mines and the Routes Thereto
Map of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, as well as Nebraska and Kansas Territories, showing railroad routes from Chicago, Saint Louis, and other towns to the Missouri River, past which various roads heading to...
A Memorial and Biographical Record of Kansas City, Mo.
Biographical sketch of James Douglass, a farmer of Fort Osage Township in Jackson County, Missouri, born in Kentucky in 1829 and moving to Jackson County in 1835, becoming involved in the 1849 Gold Rush...
A Missouri Forty-Niner's Trip Across the Plains
October 1, 1948
Letter from James Evans to his brother, Ellis G. Evans, detailing his October 27, 1850 journey from Missouri to California in 1850. His account is an expressive litany of woes including Indian hostility,...
Abraham Chrisman, Jr.
Biographical sketches of Abraham Chrisman, Jr., and his father, Abraham Chrisman, Sr., both farmers in Jackson County, Missouri. Description of the elder's move to Independence from Virginia as a pioneer...
An Interview With Carlos F. Cortes
Interviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded March 4, 1978. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 90 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents....
Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Plains
Description of the importance of the Southwestern trade of the 1840s and 1850s to the economy of Westport and Kansas City. This included the Mexican War and California Gold Rush.
As I Remember
Early history of the Chick family in Kansas City and Westport, starting with the 1826 flood and Indian trade, including involvement in the 1849 Gold Rush to California. Biographical descriptions also of...
Aura of Romance Hung over an Uncle Who Went West with the Forty-niners
File contains an article about the Barnes family of Platte County, Missouri, including the story of family member "Uncle Dick" Barnes, a War of 1812 veteran and a Forty-niner in the 1849 Gold Rush to California....
Chapter about Elijah Barney Ward, or Barney Ward (1813-1865), "[a] builder of Fort Hall [1834)" and "the man who directed the Death Valley '49ers on their supposed 'shortcut' to California." Native of...
Biography of Benoist Troost (1786-1859), Physician and Early Settler
Biography of Clara Stover (1882-1975) and Russell Stover (1888-1954), Candymakers
Biography of Elijah Milton McGee (1819-1873), City Promoter and Mayor
Biography of Isaac Katz (1879-1956), Owner of Katz Drug Stores
Biography of John Harris (1795-1874), Hotelier
Biography of William Gillis (circa 1797-1869), Indian Trader and Kansas City Town Founder
Boonslickers in the Gold Rush to California
July 1, 1947
Article about the people from the area of "Boonslick" (Boon's Lick, Missouri) during the Gold Rush of circa 1849-1850. Many of the individuals involved and their experiences are described, including William...
California in 1849
Account of cholera in the Kansas City area during the 1849 Gold Rush by '49er John Hudgins to California, passing through the Missouri towns of Barry, Smithville, and Westport, and mentioning Kansas City's...
Map of trails on one side, historical information on the other. Produced by the National Park Service in 2001.
City Window: Wide Berth
October 1, 1979
Ever wonder why Grand Avenue is wider than other streets downtown? One of biggest givers of land to Kansas City, next to Colonel Thomas Swope, was Milton McGee, who, in 1852, gave the city an entire block...
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