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Town of Kansas
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Charles Phelps Cushing
Fred L Lee
M M Ballou
A Birthday Book of Kansas City, 1821-1921
Booklet on the 100-year history of Kansas City from 1821 to 1921, starting with its first permanent settler, Francois Chouteau, and its rise from Westport Landing (page 7) through its 1832 visit by early...
A Brief History of Old Westport
Originally published in The Kansas City Star in March 1933, this is a first installment written by Major William W. Harris. It discusses the first settlers and Westport Landing.
A Piece of KC's Past Is Rediscovered
November 28, 2003
Article details the recent suggestion that part of the original riverboat landing or wharf area on Kansas City's waterfront is visible. Geologist Richard Gentile thinks the exposed ledge that tilts toward...
Collection of the "gold mine of errors" in a book review about the Platte River Road with several mistaken references to pioneer Kansas City and Westport names and places, including the name of Westport...
Biography of Alexander Majors (1914-1900), Pony Express Founder
Biography of Benoist Troost (1786-1859), Physician and Early Settler
Biography of John Calvin McCoy (1811-1889), City Founder
Two bronze plaques depicting historical events in Kansas City were placed in the sidewalks of the Country Club Plaza on May 27. The first one features a river streamboat's [sic] arrival at Westport Landing...
California in 1849
Account of cholera in the Kansas City area during the 1849 Gold Rush by '49er John Hudgins to California, passing through the Missouri towns of Barry, Smithville, and Westport, and mentioning Kansas City's...
Campground area identified as Westport Landing at Camp Cardiac.
Corrections to the Honig Book: Westport, Gateway to the Early West
Corrections to several references in the 1950 book by Louis Honig about John Fremont's locations on his expeditions in the Kansas City area in the early 1840s and early 1860s, including Cyprien Chouteau's...
Deaths: Mrs. Carrie Tribble
Photo and obituary for Carrie Tribble, "95 years old, of 705 East [97th Street]," "daughter of Dr. Joseph Feld, who practiced medicine and ran covered wagons from Westport landing to Denver, and who was...
Down by the River
Photos, map, and article about the resurgence (especially since urban renewal in the 1990s centering around the City Market and Delaware Street) of the River Market, the site of the original Town of Kansas...
English Quakers Tour Kansas in 1858
Article about the tour of Kansas Territory in 1858 by English Quakers with excerpts from the journals of tour member Sarah Lindsey and history of the Quaker missionaries to Kansas, starting with the first...
F. Richard Weber
Biographical sketch of F. Richard Weber, a lawyer since 1921 born in Kansas City in 1895. Description of his father, Frederick Weber, Sr., a wagonmaker emigrating from Germany to Saint Louis in 1847 and...
First Catholic Church
Painting of the first Catholic Church in the city and brief history of Father Nicolas Point's stay in Westport Landing.
Four Missouri River Landings and Their Ferries
History of early Missouri River ferries in Jackson and Clay County at the four major Missouri River landings supporting border towns in this area including one for Westport and Kansas City.
Freighting: A Big Business on the Santa Fe Trail
Article about the big business aspects of the Santa Fe trade through western Missouri and eastern Kansas from about the 1820s to the 1870s, describing the growth and decline of certain cities along its...
Gladstone Boulevard, at Scarritt Point
Postcard of Gladstone Boulevard, at Scarritt Point
October 16, 1938
Article about the origins of Grand Avenue in the road built by Peter Roi (also known as Peter Roy) to his river ferry in the 1820s-1830s. Grand Avenue was the first outlet from the river front that bridged...
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