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An Old Way of Moving is Timely Once More
June 23, 2007
June 23, 1957, marks the 50th anniversary of the last streetcar ride in Kansas City. Streetcars were introduced in Kansas City in the 1870s but were fazed out in the 1950s in favor of a more modern bus...
Captain Walter Whitsett
Biographical sketch of Captain Walter Whitsett, "captain of station No. 1 of the police department." Born in Lafayette County, Missouri in 1867 and coming to Kansas City in the early 1880s as an assistant...
Change in Tram Plan: New Downtown Traffic Center Setup Effective Tomorrow
Article about changes and closings in some street railway routes, but unverified as to the above tidbit, from the local history index card.
World's first electric trolley car invented and operated in Kansas City by John C. Henry in 1885, replacing non-electric trolleys by 1913 and quitting themselves in 1959.First application of the word,...
End of Electric Transit Era
January 4, 1959
Photo and caption about the end and history of the city's electric street cars, with history since 1884.
Goodbye, Trolley Barn
The Trolley Barn building located at 4835 E. 9th Street at Brighton is due to be demolished by October 9. Efforts to save the building were not successful.
Grand Suburban Homes on the Historic Santa Fe: From Trail to Trolley
File containing a photo and biographical article about William Strang, Jr. (1857-1921), a "capitalist" and builder of the interurban trolley lines (first gasoline and then electric) from Westport to Overland...
Kansas City Builds for the Future: Twenty Years Experience Proves Desirability of Employe [sic] Representation Plan, Originated in Kansas City. ..
Article about the refinancing of the Kansas City Public Service Company, making its transition from streetcars to "trackless trolleys," or buses, through public bonds. History of the public transportation...
Kansas City Has Had Transit System since the Civil War
History of the public transit systems of the city since the Civil War, including mule cars, cable cars, trolleys, electric street cars, and even subways (on 8th Street under the bluff, closed in the 1920s)...
Kansas City Park, Boulevard, Street Railway and Railway Map of Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kas.
Map of Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, showing parks, park districts, cemeteries, streets, railroad lines, and trolley lines. Inset map shows location of freight depots and express companies...
Kansas City, Saint Joseph and Excelsior Springs
Map, illustration, and information on the interurban Kansas City, Saint Joseph & Excelsior Springs trolley or electric street railway (also known as the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Excelsior Springs line...
1968 (1950 first edition)
Photo and bio of Leander Talbott (1849-1924), mayor of Kansas City in 1884. Native of Ohio coming to Kansas City in 1857 with his parents and becoming a businessman in 1868 before being killed in an automobile...
Lykins Trying to Save Piece of History
Lykins Neighborhood Association is trying to save the old trolley barn located at 9th and Van Brunt. Article includes photos of the exterior and interior of the building.
Nearly Everybody Likes Kansas City's New Trolleys
Brief article about the new service of "heavy-traffic Troost Avenue" with "two dozeen new streamlined street cars," with photo.
Opens New Trolley Line: Interurban Service to Bonner Springs Began This Morning
Map and article about the "Kaw Valley line, a new Kansas City interurban" trolley or street railway built by J. J. Heim and traveling to Bonner Springs, Kansas (passing through Muncie, Kansas and Edwardsville,...
Owner Says Goodbye to Trolley Inn
July 23, 2005
Photo and article about Linda Paden selling the Trolley Inn, a 54-year institution on Truman Road in Independence. The small restaurant is in a trolley that once ran between Kansas City and Independence....
SC164 KCPL Reference Hard to Find Collection
1980 – 2005, bulk 1990s
The materials within the KCPL Reference Hard to Find (HTF) Collection were compiled by Kansas City Public Library reference librarians and staff members to provide an easy to access source of information...
Second Century for Transit System
March 27, 1969
[T]hese streamlined trolleys that were introduced in 1941. The last run by one of the cars was made on June 22, 1957, at the time they were replaced by busses. Chronology: (March 27, 1869) franchise for...
Start on the New Interurban
Map and article about "the proposed Kansas City-Fort Scott Electric Railway" or electric trolley service connecting Kansas City and Fort Scott, Kansas (almost straight south of the city).
Street Car, Trolley Bus and Motor Bus Lines Serving Greater Kansas City
Map includes street car, motor bus, and trolley bus lines through Kansas City, MO, and linking to Kansas City, KS, Independence, MO, and North Kansas City, MO, and points of interest. Detailed inset map...
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