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'Bird and the Architects of Tomorrow
Article describes an effort by the steering committee of the Kaw valley Arts Council and a group of University of Kansas Architecture students to create a Charlie Parker Memorial Park in Kansas City, Kansas....
'Loggers' Converge at City Park
Photo and article about the high demand for dead trees from Kansas City parks as wood-burning fuel during the energy crisis.
150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
1963 Highway Map of Jackson County, Missouri
Road map of Jackson County, Missouri depicting U.S., state, and county highways. Map also shows towns, smaller roads within towns outside Kansas City city limits, parks, bodies of water, schools, churches,...
63rd Street Trafficway
Description with photos and history of 63rd Street Trafficway, part of the park and boulevard system, from Swope Parkway to Elmwood Avenue, 0.64 miles long, acquired in 1913.
A Book Every Citizen Should See
Printed letter to introduce the 1933 book "Results of County Planning, Jackson County, Missouri," to the public published by Presiding Judge Harry S. Truman. Truman writes of the advantages enjoyed by...
A City Planned to Meet Modern Needs: New City in Making
Sections of the magazine on Kansas City's airport, auditorium, city hall, hospitals, trafficways, parks and boulevards, water, Brush Creek, and Blue River.
A City Within a Park One Hundred Years of Parks and Boulevards in Kansas City, Missouri
The history of Kansas City's planned system of beautiful parks and boulevards.
A City's Fight for Beauty
Story of the parks and boulevards in Kansas City. Many photos of the Paseo and one of Penn Valley Park. One map of the city's parks.
A Done Deal
Discusses various reasons why the author believes the proposal for implementation of the Wonderful World of Oz theme park will receive the approval of the Johnson County (Kansas) Board of Commissioners....
A Fond Farewell to the Orient Express
Author bids adieu to one of Kansas City's best known roller coasters, the Orient Express, which was dismantled prior to the 2004 season at Worlds of Fun. As part of his homage to the coaster, the author...
A Glimpse of History Presented by Geo. H. Porter Funeral Home
Ad for George H. Porter Funeral Home with illustrations and a brief history about Carnival Park, an amusement park in Kansas City, Kansas, between 14th, Tauromee, 16th, and Armstrong Avenue, closed in...
A Great Loss for Kansas
March 8, 2006
Article featuring Gordon Parks and his accomplishments. He died March 7, 2006. Included is a timeline of events in his life and an excerpt of his poem ''A Sign by the Road.'' Parks received the University...
A Handmade School: Gordon Parks Elementary
Short article featuring the charter school, Gordon Parks Elementary founded by Dorothy Curry and Sue Garvis and located now on Wyoming in the Volker Neighborhood.
A Higher Standard of Maintenance
Photos and article about the "distinctive Great Ape House" at the Kansas City Zoo in Swope Park. Description of the new acquisition and "higher maintenance" standards of park land in Kansas City's park...
A Map of the Country Club District
Advertising map of the Country Club District in Kansas City, Missouri. Map indicates streeets, parks, schools, shopping centers from 44th Street north, 83th Street south, Lamar Avenue west, and Holmes...
A New Boat-House for Kansas City
Article about the new boat-house in Swope Park for the lake there, with photos.
A New Building at Watkins Mill
Article describing the preservation of and additions to the antebellum Watkins Mill site "located a few miles north of Kansas City, Missouri," as well of the operations of the mill's wool production, with...
A New Home for Black Archives
January 3, 2011
The newly renovated Parks and Recreation building, the former Parade Park Maintenance Building at 1722 E. 17th Terrace in the 18th and Vine district, has been completed for the home of the Black Archives...
A New Spin on Fun
September 8, 2005
Description and illustrations of the new Patriot roller coaster opening in the spring at Worlds of Fun. Length: 3,081 feet; height: 149 feet; first drop: 123 feet; top speed: 60 mph; ride time: 2 minutes,...
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