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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Kansas City Public Ser...
Biography of Bernard Corrigan (1847-1914), Railroad Magnate
Biography of Mary Atkins (1836-1911), Benefactress
The Question Box: Present Traffic Problems on Broadway Recall to Me That the First Trolley Car Traveled the Same Thoroughfare. ..How Long Ago Was That?
Electric Transit Era Near End
Q.: How Old Is Troost Lake and Where Did It Get Its Name?
September 17, 1995
The Passing Street Car
October 29, 1956
30 years ago Kansas City had 800 street cars. Next July it will have none.. .After the war, the Brooklyn and Woodland lines and others were given over to tires instead of tracks. Recently the transition...
A Dose of Rail Transit Reality for KC
January 11, 2011
A $1.8 million federal grant awarded in December to Jackson County included $540,000 to study a two-mile streetcar line from Crown Center to the River Market. The "streetcar system could be built for as...
Cable Cars in Kansas City
A 10 page typewritten paper on the history of cable cars in Kansas City from their introduction in 1885 to discontinuation in 1913, with details about their construction and operation as early streetcars....
Transportation Kansas City
A collection of 90 pages of photocopied newspaper articles from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times centered on the history of the different types of street cars in Kansas City, the end of streetcar...
Streetcar Line Tech Services Endorsed
April 23, 2015
A measure endorsed by the Kansas City Council’s Finance Committee is intended to bring together city funds and private sector funds for a “Smart City” initiative. The initiative would provide interactive...
Old KC Streetcars Could Find Rail Use
April 17, 2007
A panel discussion on light rail in Kansas City was held in April 2007 sponsored by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. At this meeting it was mentioned that Ed Metka of Windber,...
MSRy Corporate History
A two page flow chart that displays the corporate history of the Metropolitan Street Railway from 1860 through 1926. The various street railway companies that were consolidated into the Kansas City Public...
Philip J. Kealy of Kansas City--and His Job
Article about the administration of the operations of the Kansas City Railways street car system, headed by Colonel Philip Kealy, with map and photos. Discussion on the "special problems" to deal with...
The Supplanting of the Mule
Article about the beginnings of mule-drawn street cars in Kansas City in 1870, with the tracks laid by Nehemiah Holmes, "part of the first street railway west of the Mississippi."
Tom Morrison: The Last Marshal of Old Westport
Article about the early horse and mule-drawn street cars of the Kansas City & Westport Horse Railroad Company and one of its conductors, Tom Morrison, the last marshal of Westport, with photos and illustration....
Era of Street Car Draws Near Its Close
Article about the end of Kansas City's street car transportation.
What's Happening to Transit. ..in Kansas City
Article about the financial restructuring of the Kansas City Public Service Company to facilitate a "$3,000,000 improvement program. ..including purchase of new street cars, trolley buses, and gas buses,"...
Kansas City Railway Gains Public Favor
Article about the gaining of public favor by the Kansas City Railways company to facilitate better business, with cartoons and copies of newspaper clippings.
28 Years of Cable Cars in Kansas City
Article about the history and unique facts about cable cars and street railways other than the electric type in Kansas City, detailing each company, with photos.
Interurban to Westport
Article about the history of horse and mule-drawn street cars and other early "communications between Westport and its port city of Kansas City, four miles away," starting in 1850, including the Kansas...
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