Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Dible, Napoleon W.

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Susan Jezak Ford

More than 5,000 homes in dozens of neighborhoods bear the mark of Napoleon Dible, one of Kansas City’s earliest and most expansive developers. For more than 50 years, Dible methodically platted and developed tracts of land into the city’s early suburbs.

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An autochrome photograph of N. W. Dible's residence, taken looking south-southeast on 56th Street between Ward Parkway and Grassmere Lane. Napoleon Dible built and sold thousands of homes south of the Plaza.