Central Industrial District

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West Bottoms and Westside

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking north near 29th Street and Southwest Boulevard. The stockyards, train roundhouse, Kansas River, and Missouri River are pictured.

West Bottoms

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking east-northeast across the West Bottoms from Kansas City, Kansas. Includes view of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, as well as the 2nd Hannibal Bridge and the ASB bridge. Both the Kansas and Missouri rivers in view.

Swift and Company and Kansas River

Photograph with slide description, "Air view over Swift's plant to Stock Exchange; Kansas City, Mo. (1927)."

Stockyards and West Bottoms

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking north showing West Bottoms and stockyard area. Kansas River and bridges in view. Missouri River in distance on top and 12th Street Viaduct is visible.

Sonken-Galamba Corporation

Photograph of an exterior view, including pipe, casing, valves and fittings, of the Sonken-Galamba Corporation at the southeast corner of N. 2nd St. and Lyon Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas in the late 1930s. Sonken-Galamba dealt primarily in metal salvage and smelting.

Packing Houses in West Bottoms

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking east across the Kansas River near west end of the Kansas Avenue Bridge; shows Cudahy Packing Company, Swift and Company, and the Kansas City Stockyards.

Meat Packers

Photograph of unidentified men and women with sausages and other meats; meat stamped with "Fowler's" stamp of The Fowler Packing Company.

Last Streetcar over "L" Road

Photograph of men standing on the James Street Station Platform, Kansas City, Kansas before the last streetcar to pass over the elevated street railway, also known as the "L" structure. This streetcar line connected the West Bottoms with downtown Kansas City, Missouri via the 8th Street Tunnel. It was closed that day after 35 years of use as the "L" structure on the west side of the route was in disrepair. Businessmen demanded repairs and five years later it was re-opened for use.

Harbor lines for Kansas River at Kansas City, Kansas

Set of 3 hand-drawn ink-on-linen maps showing the harbor lines for the Kansas River at Kansas City, Kansas, from Turkey Creek to the Argentine Wagon Bridge, showing U. S. Harbor lines, and Kaw Valley Drainage Districts modified lines. Prepared by the Chief Engineer, Drainage Board, for the Kaw Valley Drainage District. It includes the locations of manufacturers along the river.

Fowler Packing Company Plant, Kansas City, Kansas

Undated illustration of the Fowler Packing Company meatpacking plant in the Central Industrial District, adjacent to the Kansas City Stockyards.

Drought Relief Cattle in Kansas City stockyards

Photograph capturing one of the hardships faced by families during the Dust Bowl--starving cattle. It was taken in Kansas City, Kansas, by the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, a state agency working to relieve the financial burdens of families suffering during the droughts of the 1930s. The KERC worked alongside the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, which began a cattle-purchasing program in 1934. Emaciated cattle (as in this photograph) were destroyed after purchase, and healthy cattle were shipped to slaughter with the meat being distributed to poor families needing relief.

Downtown Kansas City

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of the downtown Kansas City area, looking west centered over near 12th and Troost. Includes view of West Bottoms and the Kansas River. Covers around 3rd Street south to near 18th Street.