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Theodore S Case
Information on the destructive tornado of May 11, 1886.
May 10, 1936
The Lathrop grade school at 6th and May Streets was destroyed by a cyclone on May 11, 1886. 15 children were killed when the belfrey crashed through the roof.
Information on the destructive tornado of May 20, 1957.
36 Deaths; 156 Are in Hospital
Almost the entire first section of the paper about the carnage of the May 21, 1957, tornado in South Kansas City. Numerous articles and large photos of destruction in Ruskin Heights, Martin City, Hickman...
About the West: Kansas Abolitionists Fight Confederates in Missouri
Photos, illustrations, map, and biographical article about Jared Barnes (1834-1916), "an avowed Free-Stater" moving from his native New York to Kansas Territory in 1857 and serving as a Union officer in...
Art Amid Destruction
August 4, 2011
"Project Reclamation," initiated by Kansas City artist Matt Dehaemers, was a fund-raising event that involved Joplin-area artists that created artworks using debris from the May 2011 tornado that devasted...
Art From Pain
June 3, 2007
Profile of local photographer Larry Schwarm, who is best known for his images of Kansas prairie fires. Schwarm spent 10 days in his hometown of Greensburg, Kansas, photographing the carnage wrought by...
Baptisms and Tornadoes
Review of painting show at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Can Kansas Forgive John Steuart Curry?
Article about the legacy of Kansas artist John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), painter of the controversial murals at the Topeka statehouse done in the 1930s. Steuart was originally from Jefferson County, Kansas....
College Devastated by Storm
May 6, 2003
Photos and description of destruction at William Jewel College by the May 4, 2003, tornado.
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Tour Incident
April 19, 1927
View of tornado debris blocking the Nighthawks' train near Cornland and Buffalo Hart, on way into Springfield, Illinois.
Cyclone--Kansas City Visited by a Fearfully Destructive Storm
Detailed article about the carnage of the May 13, 1883, tornado. Street-by-street damage reports, by sections of town, especially Downtown.
July 13, 1915
Dark cyclone clouds in Kansas City, Missouri in summer of 1915.
Disaster! Platte County History Includes a Few
Short overview of disasters occuring in Platte County, Missouri, including floods, fires, battles, tornado, explosion, and grasshopper plague including a list of disasters.
Early History of the Lumber Trade of Kansas City: The Prophetic City
Story of 21 children killed in a roof collapse resulting from a tornado at the Lathop School at 8th and Central Streets in the 1800s.
Fashionable Pearl Street
Description of "the Campbell home" ("at Pearl and Walnut Streets") of English immigrants John and Charlotte Campbell in Kansas City before their move to 3rd and Campbell Streets. House "originally owned...
Fifty Years Ago Kansas City Suffered Its Worst Storm--The "Cyclone" of May 11, 1886, Striking the Lathrop School and the Court House, Left Death and Ruin to Sadden the Whole City
Article about the 1886 tornado in Downtown Kansas City and the destruction left in its wake, with photos of the damaged Lathrop School and old Jackson County Courthouse.
Hannibal Bridge Tornado Damage
Looking southeast from the north side of the Missouri River at damage to Hannibal Bridge from tornado.
Hometown Boy Is A Natural In and On The Air
November 16, 2003
Focus on Johnny Rowlands, traffic reporter from the sky for KMBC-TV.
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