Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport

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Kansas City delegation to the inauguration of President Rubio of Mexico stand before their plane with Municipal Airport building in background, February 2, 1930. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Source: Lou Holland Aviation Collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum.

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Spectators at the Municpal Airtport that have come to send off the Kansas City delegation to the inauguration of President Rubio of Mexico, February 2, 1930. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Source: Lou Holland Aviation Collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum.

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Municipal Airport at night with crowds gathered at building and TAT-Maddux plane on runway, no date. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Source: Lou Holland Aviation Collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum.

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KMBC reporter, Paul Henning (who later went to Hollywood and produced Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies) interviewing Bernice Claire; flanked by Ruth Warrick and Dick Berger at the Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

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Janice Lee

In the 1920s, air travel was new and uncertain. City booster Lou Holland, one of the first to see its possibilities, became the "Father of Kansas City Aviation" when he helped establish Kansas City's first municipal airport.