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Wide view of the apartment buildings along Mill Creek Parkway. This photograph was taken looking northwest from atop the Ponce de Leon at 4555 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
1924

This photograph was taken looking south-southeast on Main Street just south of 16th Street.

Photograph of "streamlined" Safety Zones intended to protect patrons at streetcar stops, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1930s. This vantage point faces south-southeast on Main Street from just north of Armour Boulevard.

Old municipal market and city hall in the process of being torn down for a new municipal market. This vantage point faces northwest from the intersection of 5th Street and Walnut Street.

Date: 
January 27th 1938

Wide shot of Kansas City Massacre aftermath. This event, also known as the Union Station Massacre, saw the deaths of Frank Nash, an Oklahoma train and bank robber; William J. Grooms, a Kansas City police officer; Frank E. Hermanson, another Kansas City police officer; Raymond J. Caffrey, an FBI specialist; and Otto Reed, the chief of police for McAlester, Oklahoma. Outlaws Vernon Miller, Charles (Pretty Boy) Floyd, and Adam Richetti were attempting to free Frank Nash from law enforcement custody.

Date: 
June 17th 1933

The intersection of Main Street and 12th Street decorated with patriotic banners and flags for the 1928 Republican National Convention at Convention Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. This elevated vantage point faces south on Main Street towards the intersection of 12th and Main from just south of 11th Street. Pictured are the Kresge Building (left), The Jones Store Company (center), and Liberty Theater (right).

Date: 
June 11th 1928

Dust Bowl period photograph of Union Station during a dust storm on March 20, 1935. This vantage point faces west towards Union Station from just east of Main Street. The caption reads, "Kansas City, March 20.-This is the way the Union station really appeared Wednesday afternoon as sand and earth from Kansas and other states fogged the air in a terrific dust storm. Visibility was clouded to an altitude of 15,000 feet."

Date: 
March 20th 1935

Exterior view of back entrance to Pla-Mor Ballroom, once located at 3142 Main Street, no date. Source: Art McClure/Jennie Bell Peters.

1940's photograph of Main Street looking north towards 5th Street from just south of the intersection of Main and Missouri Avenue.

Date: 
March 1949

Postcard of the Junction and Westgate Hotel, once located between Main Street and Delaware Street at 9th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces north from just south of The Junction. The back of the postcard includes a brief caption about the hotel and a short letter to Dr. Boyle of Pittsburg, Kansas.

Date: 
December 19th 1921

Postcard showing 11th Street looking east from Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This portion of 11th Street from Main to Walnut Street is also known as Petticoat Lane. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Beulah Bailey of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Date: 
November 23rd 1918

Postcard showing 11th Street looking east from Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This portion of 11th Street from Main to Walnut Street is also known as Petticoat Lane. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Eugene Holman of Dixfield, Maine.

Date: 
September 29th 1922

Postcard showing Union Station at the northwest corner of Pershing Road and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest from the intersection of Pershing and Main. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Nannie Goldsmith of Clinton, Missouri.

Date: 
May 19th 1923

Postcard showing Union Station at the northwest corner of Pershing Road and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest from just east of the intersection of Pershing and Main. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. Paul Dinkle of Fayette, Missouri.

Date: 
August 25th 1924

Postcard showing Union Station at the northwest corner of Pershing Road and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest from just east of the intersection of Pershing and Main. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. E. A. Deere of Waldron, Kansas.

Date: 
October 28th 1924

Postcard showing one of the proposed concepts for the Kansas City Union Station. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. N. Watt of Kansas City, Missouri.

Postcard showing Union Station at the northwest corner of Pershing Road and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces northwest from the intersection of Pershing and Main. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Nannie Goldsmith of Clinton, Missouri from her son Henry.

Date: 
August 8th 1925

Photograph of the front of Union Station in Kansas City where the Union Station Massacre has just happened. Identification on back reads: At right is the automobile of Raymond J. Caffrey, federal officer who conducted Frank Nash to Union Station, at Kansas City, Mo., where he and three other officers as well as Nash, the convict, were slain when gangsters attempted to wrest the prisoner from the officers. Between the cars may be seen two of the officers who were slain in the shooting and behind the wheel of Caffrey's car the head of the slain Nash.

Date: 
June 17th 1933

Photograph of Harry S. Truman speaking to James Pendergast following Tom Pendergast's funeral.

Date: 
January 29th 1945

Circa 1928 photograph with frontal view of the Newman Theater, located at 1114 Main Street. Marquee says White Desert and Ice Carnival. The Baltimore Shop is next door with Berks next to them. This vantage point faces southwest from the east side of Main Street between Petticoat Lane and 12th Street.

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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.