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An black and white glass plate positive photograph of Thomas Hart Benton standing by the Blue River in Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 1941

The Kansas City Welcoming Committee to Secretary Patrick J. Hurley and party under the auspices of Missouri River Navigation Association. Mr. Nichols can be seen in the back row, fourth from the left.

Date: 
June 27th 1932

Armour-Swift-Burlington Bridge, with the Mark Twain and the General Ashburn, stern wheelers, carrying Patrick J. Hurley, Secretary of War, and his party on a trip to demonstrate the navigability of the Missouri River. This vantage point faces east towards the bridge and the south bank of the Missouri River.

Date: 
June 27th 1932

Photograph of improvements made to Blue River south to the limits of Swope Park, Kansas City, for purposes of flood control, ca. 1930s. This vantage point faces southwest from just south of 15th Street (now Truman Road). This photograph was taken before the river was diverted to west of Manchester Avenue (now Manchester Trafficway). The Spear Brand Mills Inc. at the now defunct intersection of 17th Street and Potter Avenue can be seen in the right background behind the trees.

Photograph of the bridge over the Blue River at 63rd Street, which provided access to the Jackson County road system. This vantage point faces northwest towards the bridge from south of 63rd Street and east of Blue River.

Photograph of the Blue River north of St. John Avenue. The picture was taken looking northeast towards the Missouri Pacific Railroad bridge during a hike to Jesse James Cave on the Missouri River bluff near Sugar Creek, Missouri. Boy Scout Troop 80 Scoutmaster Bruno Nicoli directed the hike for several members of the Holy Cross Catholic Church choir and friends in the afternoon after church that Sunday.

Date: 
December 5th 1920

Photograph of Edward L. Schneider attached to a photograph of police searching for Schneider's body at the bottom of the Missouri River with nets. Schnider went missing after testifying against Thomas J. Pendergast. The caption reads, "Chi 27 - Kansas City, Mo. - E. L. Schneider and police dragging river."

Date: 
1939

Postcard showing the Blue River and Swope Park Swinging Bridge, located to the southwest of The Lagoon in Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces north-northwest towards the bridge on the Blue River. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to William B. Walker of Vancouver, Washington.

Date: 
September 13th 1918

Postcard showing the Intercity Viaduct (foreground), James Street (background), the Kansas River (left), and Kansas City, Kansas (right). This vantage point faces southwest from a railroad bridge northeast of the Intercity Viaduct. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. Lee Moore of Lock Springs, Missouri.

Date: 
October 23rd 1929

Photograph of a Douglas Commercial DC-1 airplane flying north over the Missouri River. This vantage point faces west-southwest with the Hannibal Bridge and the West Bottoms (top-background) pictured.

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

Photograph of Argentine and Shawnee Heights, two sections of Kansas City, Kansas, as seen from the Kansas River. The large building pictured center is the Franklin School on Metropolitan Avenue between S 14th and 15th Streets. This picture was taken before 1923 when the building received a four-classroom addition.

Photograph with view of Quindaro ruins located in Kansas City, Kansas. Missouri River is visible in the background. Town of Quindaro was built in 1857. This vantage point faces north and shows the Missouri River in the background.

A lithograph on paper by Thomas Hart Benton depicting four young fisherman in two boats on a small river. This representational print was created while Benton taught at the Kansas City Art Institute. The original dimensions are 12 1/2 x 10 in. (31.8 x 25.3 cm).

Date: 
1939

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of the Corn Products Refining Company near the intersection of 10th Avenue and Bedford Avenue in North Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces southeast and shows the Missouri River (background) and the Kansas City Car Company (left foreground).

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view looking east and showing a largely residential section of northeast Kansas City, Kansas; Fairfax; Missouri River; and North Kansas City, Missouri. Quindaro Boulevard is prominently shown diagonally in the photograph.

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.

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of the Kansas River looking north and showing the neighborhoods Argentine (left), Armourdale (right), Kensington (left background), and Riverview (right background). The Proctor and Gamble plant is also pictured.

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.

Circa 1930 photograph with an aerial view of Kansas City Structural Steel facility and grounds, once located north of Metropolitan Avenue between South 21st and 24th Street in Kansas City, Kansas. This vantage point faces north-northeast and shows the intersection of South 24th Street and Ruby Avenue (center foreground) and the Kansas River (background).

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.