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Grant W Harrington
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1642-2009 and n.d
''A Species of Town-Building Madness'': Quindaro and Kansas Territory, 1856-1862
Story of the town of Quindaro, Kansas, which materialized for a short while on the Missouri River upriver from the Town of Kansas (Kansas City) in 1857. The site was selected by Abelard Guthrie and Charles...
'An Altar, a Tribute to Liberty'
September 13, 2008
Dedication of a newly constructed overlook of the Quindaro ruins in Wyandotte County took place September 13, 2008. "In the mid-1800s, the Quindaro Ruins site was an abolitionist community in Kansas that...
A Proud People
October 9, 2009
The first in a series of articles on the history of Quindaro discusses the founding of the community as a refuge for escaped slaves. The first families to arrive, Monroes, Turners, Walkers, Marshalls,...
A Proud People
October 23, 2009
Second article of a series on Quindaro focuses on the role of the church in the community. The congregations were Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal, First Baptist, and the Church of God in Christ....
A Sorry Free State
Article describes the past and present of the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas. Quindaro was an anti-slavery town before and during the Civil War, and a crossing place on the Missouri River for runaway...
Benjamin Franklin Mudge: A Letter from Quindaro
Article about the town of Quindaro, Kansas, and one of its most important residents, geologist Benjamin Franklin Mudge, or Benjamin Mudge. Description of the man and the decline and absorption of the town...
Biography of Nelson C. Crews (1866-1923) and James Crews (1859-1946), Civil Rights Pioneers
Black History Quiz
Ten questions and answers on topics pertaining to Black history in Kansas City. Individuals, places, and organizations included in questions: Roy Wilkins; Negro National League (baseball); Lucile Bluford;...
Bleeding Kansas Period in Wyandotte County
Article describes the rivalry between the towns of Wyandott City and Quindaro during the ''Bleeding Kansas'' era prior to the Civil War. Wyandott City became a center of pro-slave forces, while Quindaro...
Building a City: A Detailed History of Kansas City, Kansas
History of the boom-and-bust town of Quindaro, Kansas, before and during the Civil War, with photos of ruins of the town's former buildings, including the Quindaro Hotel.
DAR, Elizabeth Benton Chapter Scrapbook Finding Aid
A Kansas City Times article dated Nov. 12, 1979, stated that the Elizabeth Benton DAR chapter, located in Kansas City, Mo., was the first Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution formed west...
Elisha Sortor Residence
June 28, 1905
Description of the historic importance of the Elisha Sortor residence, built circa 1871, and now located at 3415 Delavan Avenue in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas. The Sortor family were early...
Freedman University (Later Western University)
Article detailing the history of Freedman University, founded around 1862 in Quindaro, Kansas for the education of African American children by Presbyterian minister Eben Blatchley. In 1881, the school...
Ghost Towns of Kansas
Chapter of the book about the history of the no longer distinct town of Quindaro, Kansas, founded in 1856 as an anti-slavery boom town, "already declining" by 1861, with the Civil War doing it much damage....
Greater Kansas City Official Year Book, 1904-05
Description of the origins and early history of Kansas City, Kansas, including its West Bottoms, Quindaro, Wyandotte, and Armourdale portions, with "importance as a manufacturing city. ..exceed[ing] even...
Historic Sites in Wyandotte County, Revisited
Three lists of historic sites in Wyandotte County, created by historians interested in preservation. The first list was created historian Grant W. Harrington in 1935, while the second list, created by...
Historic Spots or Mile-Stones in the Progress of Wyandotte County, Kansas
History of Quindaro Cemetery and the Wyandotte Indians associated with the cemetery and mention of the territory of Quindaro in Kansas City, Kansas.
Life in "Kanzas" Alien to Young Woman
First article in a two-part series about the experiences of Elizabeth Dickinson, in Kansas Territory, with excerpts from her diaries from 1859 to 1861 while in Quindaro, Kansas.
June 29, 2014
Several residents of Kansas City whose lives were impacted by the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are interviewed. The interviewees discuss how the law affected access to jobs, access to housing,...
Map of the Vicinity of Kansas City in Kansas and Missouri
Street map of the two Kansas Cities. Only main streets are named. Map includes surrounding areas, among which are Harlem, Independence, Randolph City, Westport, Shawnee, Argentine, Rosedale, and Quindaro....
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