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A Pioneer of 1842
Autobiographical letter by William Gilpin about his background leading up to his being the first territorial governor of Colorado, written some time after the Civil War, and describing his ties to the...
A Short Ride On the First Railroad West of the Mississippi
Article tells about the establishment of the Independence and Missouri River Railroad Company which built the first railroad in Missouri, starting in 1848. Independence extended its city limits north to...
File contains clippings, maps, and a paper describing the development of industrial towns, or districts, along the Blue River valley, developing around factories and growing with railroad access in the...
Information about the industrial districts along the Blue River valley, such as Centropolis, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, etc., with the name Centropolis deriving from William Gilpin's mid-19th century...
Postcard of the Centropolis Hotel
Map titled: "Centropolis the condensed cities of Independence, Kansas & Westport, Jackson County, Missouri, January 1st, 1860." Other communities shown on the map include: Wyandotte, Parkville, Barry,...
Centropolis: Boom Town on the Blue River
History of the Centropolis industrial district along the Blue River between Kansas City and Independence, with photos and maps, describing both the real industrial and residential developments there and...
Characters and Incidents of the Plains
Biographical description of William Gilpin, calling him "the John the Baptist of the West," pointing out his contributions to early western settlement from Kansas to California, especially in regard to...
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
One paragraph about William Gilpin, "friend of Presidents and prophet of the western railroads, liv[ing] next door [to Kansas City] in Independence" in the 1850s, and "predicting a brilliant commercial...
Col. Robert T. Van Horn: An Active Factor in Railroad Legislation
Biographical article about Colonel Robert Van Horn and his role in legislation bringing railroads to Kansas City (with the help of William Gilpin) as a national representative of Missouri in Washington,...
Colorado: Its Resources, Parks, and Prospects as a New Field for Emigration
Biographical sketches of and description of the San Luis Park in Colorado by William Gilpin, co-organizer and first territorial governor of Colorado and former resident of Independence, responsible for...
Early Days on the Union Pacific
Article (written by a resident of Kansas City, Kansas) about the origins and construction of the Union Pacific Railroad from Wyandotte, Kansas (part of Kansas City, Kansas) to Denver in the middle to late...
Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas
Photo and biographical description of William Gilpin (1813-1894), "not only an explorer, but an author and writer" and "truly one of Kansas City's early pioneers, the only man in his day whose visions...
Early-Day Fort Leavenworth, Missouri
Description of Lieutenant Colonel William Gilpin being blocked on an 1847 expedition on the Santa Fe Trail "to campaign against Indians who were harassing traders and caravans."
Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference
Photo and bio of John Shanklin, a Union Civil War officer and president of the Missouri Bar Association. Born in Virginia in 1824 and moving to Trenton, Missouri in 1846 as a soldier in the Mexican War...
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...
Geopolitics with the Dew on It
Biographical article about William Gilpin, a co-organizer of Kansas City and resident of Independence in the mid-19th century. Article discusses in detail his geographical theories involving the importance...
Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountains' Gold Region
Extracts from the "lecture at Kansas City" of Colonel William Gilpin, "of Independence, Mo.," about the gold regions of the Sierra San Juan mountains in Colorado, with biographical information on him and...
History of the Life of William Gilpin: A Character Study
Biography of William Gilpin written during his old age, with a portrait of him and his map of the world in color, showing his "isothermal axis" of population centers, and with a description of Gilpin's...
How Westport Landing Won Success
History of the settlement of the Kansas City area starting with Francois Chouteau in 1821 and progressing through the period of prominence for Independence with the Wayne City Landing, Westport through...
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