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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Aerial view looking east along Southwest Boulevard at 31st Street. Shows Phillips Petroleum tanks on fire. Shows downtown Kansas City in the distance.
Aerial view of 1951 flood looking north across Phillips Petroleum tanks aflame; located on Southwest Boulevard near 31st Street.
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...
File contains information pertaining to the 1993 Missouri River flood.
20 Years Later, We Dread the Next Flood
June 9, 2013
Article focuses upon remembrance of the flood that impacted the Kansas City area during the summer of 1993. Business and property owners in the affected areas are interviewed and discuss both their recollections...
3rd and Main
Rooftop view looking west from the corner of 3rd and Main. Good view of street grading of bluffs with Missouri River in view.
March 22, 2008
Graphics and statistics reflecting what happens in Kansas City between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in 2008. It was based on an article, "The Busiest Hour on Earth" that ran in New York's "World Magazine" in 1906....
Early view of Kansas City riverfront, looking west from 6th and Missouri River.
Looking northwest from 7th and the bluffs towards Missouri River.
A Bit of Weston, Missouri, History
Illustrations (of the town itself and citizens John Woods, William Osborne, and Ben Holladay) and first in a series of articles about the history of the Platte County town of Weston, Missouri on the Missouri...
A Call to Shippers
Ad for the Kansas City Missouri River Navigation Company calling for all shippers using the Missouri River to do more business with Kansas City, in order to "warrant the expenditure of the money to improve...
A Church for the Ages
September 9, 2013
October 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Second Baptist Church, "believed to be one of the two oldest black churches in Kansas City." The congregation was first established in 1863 by slaves and...
A Forgotten River
February 27, 2008
Article discusses the decline of recreational activity on the Missouri River and profiles riverboat pilot Rick Lynn, whose father first opened a waterfront marina in 1957. the Lynn family also launched...
A Great Painter, a Royal Naturalist on Wild Missouri: Plains Indian Life, Customs and Combat as Recorded in the 19th Century by Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer
Illustrations (by Karl Bodmer) and biographical article about the recordings of pioneer and Indian life along the Missouri River in 1833 by German explorer Prince Alexander Maxmilian (50 years old then)...
A History of the Missouri River
March 20, 1905
Lengthy article on the history of the Missouri River since its first encounter with European explorers, starting with Coronado in 1540-1542 and observations by Marquette and Joliet in 1673. Description...
A Journey to Missouri in 1822
Description of the overland journey of the family of William Chick, including his son, the author, from Virginia to Missouri in 1822 by wagon, being flooded out in 1826 on the Missouri River near Glasgow,...
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 Missouri River Journey Source of Inspiration: Author Seeks Waters of Renewal in Remote Canyon
Photos, maps, and article about the exploration for the headwaters of the Missouri River (in southwestern Montana near Yellowstone Park) by "Kansas City-born author William Least Heat-Moon," or William...
A Portfolio of New Deal Reconstruction
Photos, maps, and description of the river control and navigation improvements on the Missouri River part of the federal government's New Deal. Description of the "six-foot channel between St. Louis and...
A Reporter at Large: The River World
Illustration and article about the author's voyage up the Missouri River (and later down the Mississippi River) on the Lesta K steamboat with descriptions of Kansas City and vicinity in the context of...
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