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Photograph of "Hell’s Half Acre", an area in the late 1800's and early 1900's consisting of the north side of the West Bottoms between the bluffs and the state line. This vantage point faces northwest from the bluffs near 7th Street and shows 8th Street between Mill Street (now Madison Avenue) and Sante Fe Street. Also pictured is the Union Elevator Company (center), Missouri River (right), and Kansas City, Kansas (right, far background).

Date: 
1895

Portrait photograph of the 1899 Kansas City, Missouri councilmen's baseball team. Pictured on top from left to right: Lewis B. Sawyer, 7th Ward, center field; Jesse L. Jewell, 3rd Ward, second base; O. Hansford Swearingen, 5th Ward, catcher; Claus Swanson, 4th Ward, right field; and John Moran, 2nd Ward, third base. Pictured on bottom from left to right: F. N. Johnson, 14th Ward, pitcher; John P. Lynch, 6th Ward, left field; James Pendergast, 1st Ward, short stop and Captain; A. D. Burrows, 10th Ward, substitute; and F. L. Middleton, 13th Ward, first base.

Date: 
1899

Photographic print of a drawing of the Armour Packing Company, once located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Central Avenue and James Street in Kansas City, Kansas. This vantage point faces north and shows James Street (foreground) and Central Avenue (left). The statistics given with the print indicate the plant has a "daily killing capacity" of 12,000 hogs, 4,000 cattle, and 5,000 sheep. It also provides total shipments for the "last fiscal year": 632,575,000 lbs. of meat, 40,000,000 lbs of canned meat, and 75,000,000 lbs of lard.

Date: 
1901

Postcard showing Pleasure Lake in Electric Park, once located between The Paseo and Woodland Avenue, south of 45th Street, in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces south towards the natatorium (left); Illumination Tower and Dancing Pavilion (center); and the Electric Fountain (right). The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mabel Couch attending Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

Date: 
November 1909

Photograph with exterior view of Westport High School at 39th and McGee (Hyde Park Ave) and Oak Streets. This vantage point faces south-southwest from the hill overlooking Gillham Road just north of its intersection with 39th Street.

Date: 
1910

Photograph of Electric Park at night, once located at 46th Street and The Paseo. This vantage point faces southeast across Mirror Lake (also known as Pleasure Lake) and shows the two Electric Park Illumination Towers.

Date: 
1910

Postcard including an image of the Children's Memorial Lutheran Church at the southeast corner of Independence Avenue and Brighton Avenue. The form correspondence reads, "We missed you Sunday, __. If you are sick kindly let us know. Unless we hear from you we will expect you present next Sunday. Our Motto: Every scholar present every Sunday and on time, 9:30 a.m." The postcard was used to remind the congregation to attend bible school. The vantage point of the photograph faces east-southeast from near the southwest corner of Brighton and Independence.

Date: 
1910

Photograph of James Alexander Reed (1861-1944), 3/4 length portrait, seated, facing left.

Date: 
1911

An early J. C. Nichols Company sign located on Brookside Boulevard by Countryside Park. In the background is the "Rock House" located at 5230 Brookside Boulevard. This vantage point faces west on Brookside Boulevard between 52nd Street and 53rd Street. The sign reads: "1000 Acres Restricted, Country Club District, Highly Developed and Protected Residence Property, water, light, gas, etc., attractive prices, J. C. Nichols, High Class Residence Property, 1213-14 Commerce Bldg.".

Date: 
1912

Cover to Electric Park Rag, a rag time two step by Jean Ledies and arranged by Rocco Venuto. Featured by Lenge's Military Band and published by Lenge & Venuto, 1320 South Paseo Place, Kansas City, Missouri. Two photos of Electric Park and a portrait of Lenge are shown. Source: Inst. Studies in American Music/UMKC.

Date: 
1912

Studio portrait of George E. Kessler. Kessler was instrumental in developing Kansas City's unique park and boulevard system.

Date: 
1914

Photograph with slide description: "Wading pool, The Grove, 1914." This vantage point faces east from just north of Benton Plaza between Kansas Avenue and Agnes Avenue.

Date: 
1914

Photograph of the Morris & Company (left) and the Swift & Company (right background) packing plants in Armourdale, Kansas City, Kansas. This vantage point faces south from the Kansas side of the Central Avenue bridge over the Kansas River. Morris & Company was once located where Interstate 670 runs just west of the Kansas River.

Date: 
1915

Photograph looking northeast from atop the Baltimore Hotel. The intersection of Petticoat Lane and Main Street is pictured center.

Date: 
1915

Three homes on 61st street at the end of the completed Belleview Avenue. This vantage point faces south on Belleview Avenue from just south of Huntington Road.

Date: 
December 1916

Issue of The North Side Advocate containing many reproductions of letters from various Kansas City business leaders subscribing five dollar per month for the revitalization of the Northside (current City Market and Columbus Park areas). In the form letter sent to these business leaders, M. R. Platt, President of the Northside Boosters, claims that if they do not invest in the Northside, the Kansas City business center will continue to move further south and current high-valued real estate will depreciate. Advertisements for Northside businesses are included on the final page.

Date: 
July 25th 1916

Empty, stamped envelope of correspondence addressed to Thomas J. Pendergast at 525 Deleware [Delaware], Kansas City, Missouri. The envelope does not include a return to sender name or address.

Date: 
December 27th 1917

Postcard showing the Swope Park Pergola, located to the southeast of the main entrance to Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mabel Couch of Parkville, Missouri.

Date: 
May 7th 1917

Postcard of the Country Club District, showing Brookside Boulevard. This vantage point faces north on the west side of Brookside Boulevard, just south of 54th Street. The description on the back of the postcard reads, "An interesting view in the country club district, one of Kansas City's best residence sections. This is the largest high class exclusive residence section in the United States."

Date: 
1917

Photograph of the dedication of a monument at the site of the first Shawnee Indian Mission, located near the former town of Turner in Kansas City, Kansas. Miss Sue Wornall, the great-great-granddaughter of mission founder Thomas Johnson, poses in front of the monument itself, with Bishop Eugene R. Hendrix at the left of the image and Judge Nelson Case at the right. The text of the marker reads "This monument marks the site of the mission house erected for the benefit of the Shawnee Indians by Reverend Thomas Johnson, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1830.

Date: 
June 26th 1917

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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
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