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'Showy' General Blamed in Massacre
September 28, 1963
Article about the surprise raid by William Quantrill's guerrillas on Major General James Blunt and his black troops at Baxter Springs, Kansas.
'Tis a Nobler Time
Article about the large annual festival near Bonner Springs, Kansas, set as though in Renaissance Europe in the 1500s, with actors and events dressed in period costume.
54 Million Votes Put Cook on Top
May 22, 2008
David Cook, of Blue Springs, MO, won the American Idol competition on May 21, 2008. "Cook gathered nearly 56 percent of the 97.5 million votes cast." 25-year-old Cook defeated David Archuleta for the title...
A 10,000 Year-Old Oasis--Alley Spring
Article about the history and prehistory of Alley Spring in the Missouri Ozarks. Article describes its mills since 1869 as well as its unusual geology and remains found of Indians and mastodons.
A Colorful Career Comes To a Close
August 16, 2007
Prominent Kansas City sports figure Jerry Green died August 15, 2007, at the age of 77. He was "a flamboyant Kansas City businessman who owned banks and radio stations and tried to buy the Kansas City...
A Family Tradition: This Spud's for You
Photo and article about "the Backer's potato chip plant in Fulton," Missouri run by the Backer family since its establishment in 1931 at nearby Hiller's Creek, Missouri.
A Look at Frank Morgan
Photos, illustration, map (of his real estate holdings north of the river), and biographical article about Frank Sherman Morgan, or Frank Morgan, a "low profile" business executive and real estate developer...
A Look at Life in the 'Burbs
Review of "the changes and challenges facing Kansas City suburbs of the '90s," including the following: Platte City, Olathe, Leavenworth, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Independence, Overland Park, Shawnee,...
A Mayor For All People
July 18, 2008
Article profiles Blue Springs, Mo. mayor Carson Ross, the first African American to hold that office. Prior to being elected mayor, Ross, a Republican, served for eight years on the Blue Springs City Council...
A Mission of Healing: The History of Saint Joseph Health Center, St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs, and the Creation of Carondelet Health of Kansas City
Book about the development of the Kansas City Catholic hospital system of Saint Joseph Health Center (formerly Hospital) and Saint Mary's Hospital, starting with the arrival in 1874 of the Sisters of Saint...
A New Way to Think About Research Parks
December 23, 2008
Map and article about the proposed high-tech development in Blue Springs called the Missouri Innovation Park. In conjunction with the University of Missouri, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corp....
A Pleasant Reunion
Biographical article about William Quantrill including a reprint from the "Sni-a-Bar Voice" newspaper of Blue Springs, Missouri, from August 28, 1908. Description of a "reunion of Quantrell's [sic] men"...
A Road That Made History
History and photos of the Boon's Lick Road across Missouri, from Saint Charles (near Saint Louis) to New Franklin, Missouri, surveyed in 1815, started in 1804 by Daniel Morgan Boone and Nathan Boone, and...
A Suburb from Scratch
August 13, 2006
A new community is being developed south of Blue Springs, Missouri, on roughly 2,000 acres annexed into the city in 2003. Chapman Farms, being developed by Green Fields Development, is a 'massive undertaking,'...
A Trolley Builder Gone
Biographical article about George Townsend, one of the promoters of the Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Excelsior Springs electric line, reported missing.
A True Friend of Education
September 2, 2011
Tribute to James Coen of Blue Springs who taught history at Fort Osage High School for many years and later served 13 years on the Blue Springs, Missouri, school board. Coen died August 6, 2011.
A Visit to Watkin's Mill
Manuscript (number 13) about the history of Watkins Mill in Clay County, Missouri, "four miles north of Excelsior Springs."
About Town: Poems Recall Her Life in Excelsior Springs
Biographical article about M. Deborah Ellett, "poetry editor for the City Inner & Outer Magazine which is devoted chiefly to minority affairs and success stories," growing up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri,...
Absentee Owners Hurt KC
April 18, 2015
Article documents problems associated with blighted rental properties located on Prospect Avenue in the Northeast area of Kansas City that are owned by Helen Collins, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado,...
Advertising Cards Vertical Files
These business or company name vertical files for the advertising cards from the late nineteenth century (circa 1880s-1900) have information about the company or business or people involved.
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