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Kansas City Zoo
Thomas H Swope Memoria...
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Harkins Commercial Pho...
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.
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.
Kansas City's Neglected Zoo
Article about the deplorable condition of the city zoo due to a construction strike and lack of funds.
Pole Restored to Its Old Glory
July 20, 2011
Article about the history of the Loose Flagpole located in Swope Park. Jacob Loose gave the pole to the city and it was dedicated on July 5, 1915. The tall fixture that stands 200-feet high was refurbished...
Memories Ripple Across Lake of the Woods
January 7, 2009
Article about the Lake of the Woods, a man-made lake in Swope Park. The lake was constructed in 1908 and was considered a horseshoe shaped lagoon. The reservoir that was to supply it was formed by building...
A New Boat-House for Kansas City
Article about the new boat-house in Swope Park for the lake there, with photos.
Vaydik "Misled" on Filming
Article about the new rules for filming the movie at Swope Park featuring adult film star Linda Lovelace. Frank Vaydik, "parks and recreation director," deceived by movie producers as to the pornographic...
Retrospect: One of River City's Premiere Piece
Article about the turn of the century mansion at 6800 Elmwood Avenue, "just south of the main entrance to Swope Park."
Zoo's Great Ape House is No More
September 25, 2015
Article announces that demolition of the Great Ape House at the Kansas City Zoo has commenced. A brief history of the structure is provided. Zoo Directory Randoy Wisthoff is interviewed and discusses the...
Entertainment: City Goes into Show Business
Article depicting in photos and describing the new Starlight Theatre in Swope Park, designed by Edward Buehler Delk.
Editorial Forum: The Kansas City Meeting
Article describing Kansas City's tourist attractions and general features (climate, history, etc.) for "the Kansas City meeting, the sixtieth annual conference of the American Library Association." Places...
Here Lies Col. Swope
Article details the life and mysterious death of Colonel Thomas Swope. The author includes details of Swope's character and the "naive" philanthropies of his life, as well as an examination of his death...
A Fight to Save Where They Fought
July 3, 2012
Article on the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund and their attempts to acquire land of the Big Blue Battlefield north of Swope Park. The fund controls more than half of the area near the Blue River where...
Confederate Troops Halted, Again
October 27, 2014
Article on the reenactment of the Battle of Westport on its 150th anniversary. More than 100 re-enactors met in Swope Park to depict scenes and scenarios from the battle that took place between October...
April 11-17, 2013
Article outlines how Raytown Quality Schools Superintendent, Allan Markley, fought against the Kansas City TIF Commission and reclaimed $4 million in funds for his schools. Details of the Winchester TIF...
Planes Thrilled 125,000 Here in 1918
Article recalling the mock air battle on August 28, 1918, over Swope Park, by the British-American Flying Mission touring the country to provide the public better understanding of airplanes and their utilization...
Please Walk On The Grass
Article reviewing local parks including Loose Park and Swope Park.
July 17, 2005
Article tells the story of the desegregation of Swope Park's public golf courses in 1950. Golf course #1 was for whites only, while golf course #2, a much smaller and poorly maintained course, was for...
Going to Kansas City!
Article with numerous color photographs of workplaces and cultural sites in Kansas City, including the Stockyards, clothing models, auto assembly plants, telecommunications offices, the Nelson-Atkins Museum...
Sunset Lodge, Once Center of Elaborate Country Estate Here, May Be Torn Down to Lessen Burden of Taxes: Famous Store House Near Swope Park Has Had Amazing History and Has Piqued Curiosity of Many Passing Tourists
Article with several photos of Sunset Lodge, the estate residence of Thomas Melard Barr, or Thomas Barr (1843-1923), built by him in 1901-1902 at 4001 East 67th Street, at the intersection of 67th and...
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