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Former Councilman Lewellen Dies at 73
May 15, 2011
Article about Bob Lewellen, a former Kansas City Councilman and parks commissioner, who died May 14, 2011. Lewellen ran for mayor in 1991 but was defeated by Emanuel Cleaver. Most recently Lewellen had...
The Happy Warrior
Article about buildings around Hyde Park.
The Northeast Incident
Article about ethnic juvenile gangs competing over territory around Garrison and Columbus Parks in the Northeast Residential District.
Off and Running
Article about jogging in Kansas City and the activity's new popularity across the country.
Pacesetters: "I Was a Sharecropper"
Article about Luther White, a former sharecropper in Louisiana becoming the successful owner of D & H Tire Service in Kansas City, Kansas.
A New Zoo?
Article about management changes at the Kansas City Zoo. Faced with declining attendence and the threat of losing professional accreditation, the Zoo's management transferred from the Kansas City Parks...
Did You Know? Horses and Parks
Article about many of the changes in the Northeast residential district since the beginning of the park and boulevard system. Description of some of the riders of (and places designed partly for horses...
Maramec Spring Park
Article about Maramec Spring Park "near St. James, Missouri, approximately 100 miles southwest of St. Louis," with a park around a large natural spring and ruins of an old iron mining settlement dating...
Kansas City Buys Its Parks ahead of Time
Article about planning for park and playground sites in anticipation of future surrounding urban development, shown on a map of Kansas City, North.
Masterpieces. ..See the Splendor Our State Parks Offer
Article about the "74 State Parks in Missouri," including caves, forests, prairies with buffalo, old mills, lakes, etc., visited by "nearly 15 million people" in 1990 and covering "alsmost 110,000 acres,"...
Everything's Up-to-Date in Kansas City's Park System
Article about the "updating" of the park system's facilities and roads, with new pavement, additional parking, new buildings, etc.
Just to Keep the Record Straight
Article about the 1850 completion date for the building of Boone's Trading Post with information on Westport pioneers Major John Campbell, Albert Boone, and Captain Joseph Parks, et al.
Remember KC's Hottest Summer? Residents Sweltered in Disbelief in 1936
Article about the 1936 heat wave with record high temperatures at the time and clippings of headlines and cartoons.
Municipal Planning, Park and Art Administration in American Cities
Article about the Art Committee being appointed in 1923.
State Camping Services: Missouri Takes Care of Her Young Citizens
Article about the camping facilities and organizations furnished by the Missouri State Park Board for underprivileged children (Boy and Girl Scouts, etc.) and other groups at state parks, mentioning several...
Old Spring Do-It-Yourself Project
Article about the completion of the restored Old Spring Park and Visitors Center, a community project in Independence related to pioneer trails.
Kansas City's Neglected Zoo
Article about the deplorable condition of the city zoo due to a construction strike and lack of funds.
Our Endangered Park and Boulevard System
Article about the deterioration of Kansas City's park and boulevard system, with examples of sites and explanation of "the importance of planning and the integration of amenities like parks and boulevards...
Poetic Parkway: St. Joseph's Scenic Boulevard Offers 26 Miles of Walking, Biking and Driving Pleasure
Article about the development of the Saint Joseph Parkway System in Saint Joseph, Missouri, starting in 1912 with planners and landscapers George E. Kessler, Charles Mulford Robinson, and George Burnap,...
Hope to Restore Cusenbury Springs
Article about the efforts to restore the "natural spring. ..at the old Fairmount park" popular in the 1920s and 1930s, near Lexington Avenue and Northern Boulevard.
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