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Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA

"Kansas City, Missouri, the second city of the state in population and importance, is in Jackson co., on the right or S. bank of the Missouri River, 3 mile below the mouth of the Kansas River. Lat. 39°4' N.; lon. 94° 37' 40" W. By railroad it is 283 miles W. by N. of St. Louis, 26 miles S.E. of Leavenworth, and 70 miles S. by E. of St. Joseph. It is the W. terminus of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, which connects here with the Kansas Pacific Railroad. Ten other roads meet here from various directions, and the trains of several lines cross the Missouri River on a magnificent iron bridge which was erected at a cost of about $1,000,000. The city is mostly built on the top and sides of a steep hill, the site having been originally very rough and uneven. It has, however, been greatly improved by grading, and much money has been expended in sewers, water-works, and mains. It has 28 churches, 14 schools, 2 medical colleges, a seminary, 2 hospitals, an orphan asylum, a workhouse, 2 theatres, an opera-house, and a county, district, and United States court-house. Six daily, 2 tri-weekly, 10 weekly, and 2 monthly periodicals are issued here. The centre of a region of extraordinary agricultural resources and abounding in coal, lead, iron, &c., it has of late become an important commercial city, doing a very large business in live-stock and grain, and in manufacturing railroad-iron, furniture, linseed oil, car-wheels, flour, &c. According to the census returns it had in 1890 a capital of $12,708,990 invested in manufactures, the value of the product being $31,571,559. A board of trade was organized in 1872. Pop. in 1860, 4418; in 1870, 32,260; in 1880, 55,785; in 1890, 132,716."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • News 1830 - December 29 - A very heavy snowstorm ushered in the "winter of the deep snow." The storm produced 30 inches of snow at Peoria IL and 36 inches at Kansas City MO.

    WeatherForYou.com
    December 29, 1830

  • News 1879 - Fatal Loss and Fire. Fire Persons Burned To Death In The Ruins Of A Candy Manufactory.
    Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 8. - A terrible disaster occurred at the corner of Second and Main Streets yesterday afternoon. Four brick three-story...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - Tornado
    KANSAS CITY, June 17. - This city was visited last night by a terrific tornado, which unroofed and overturned houses, blew down trees and fences and...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - A Train Ditched.
    Kansas City, August 29 - Switch engine No. 27, of the Council Bluffs railway, was badly ditched about five o'clock this morning while taking a train...Read MORE...


  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    Sendol
    For Relief of Distress and Discomfort Due to Simple Aches, Pains and Colds

    Sendol Co., Kansas City, Mo.
    Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
  • News 1895 - FIRE AT KANSAS CITY. Property to the Value of $300,000 or $350,000 Go Up in the Flames. WAS AIDED BY A HIGH WIND.
    In One Hour Nothing but Walls and Burning Debris Remained to Mark the Place Where the Building Stood - Western Newspaper Union and the Western Type...Read MORE...


  • News 1895 - Lost His Life in a Burning Theater.
    Kansas City, Mo., Oct 10. - Fire which started from an unknown cause on the stage of the old Comique theater yesterday resulted in the complete...Read MORE...


  • News 1898 - May 14 - A severe thunderstorm, with some hailstones up to 9.5 inches in circumference, pounded a four mile wide path across Kansas City MO.
    South-facing windows were broken in nearly every house in central and eastern parts of the city, and several persons were injured. An even larger...Read MORE...


  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    Chicken Tamale
    "A Unique Mexican Dish"
    Armour Packing Co.
    Kansas City, Mo., U.S.A.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    April 1898
  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    A Taffeta Silk Petticoat at $7.50
    John Taylor, Dry Goods, Kansas City, Mo.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    November 1898
  • News February 12, 1899 - The temperature dropped to 22 degrees below zero at Kansas City MO.

    WeatherForYou.com
    February 12, 1899

  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    Electric Park
  • News 1901 - KANSAS CITY THEATRE BURNED. Coates Opera House a Complete Loss - "L'Aiglon" Was Booked for Monday.
    Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 31 - Fire late to-night destroyed the Coates Opera House, the principal theatre of Kansas City, situated at Tenth Street and...Read MORE...


  • 1901 - Kansas City - The Central City by Charles S. Gleed
    In early literature and in early United States Indian treaties the Indian word” Kansas” appears as Caucis, Konza, Konseas, Kons, Kanzaw, Kanzau, Kaw, ...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Kansas City, a city of Missouri, the second in population and importance, is in Jackson co., on the right or S. bank of the Missouri River, \ mile...Read MORE...


  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    Skyline Showing New Auditorium and New Court House, Kansas City, Mo.
  • News 1921 - TRAIN SMASH INJURES TWO - A FORD WAS STRUCK AT ARLINGTON AVENUE.
    Broken Bones Were Received by the Men in the Car, but They Narrowly Escaped Death.

    John H. Lewis, Kentucky and Hultig avenues, Mount Washington...Read MORE...


  • News 1925 - EXPLOSION AND FIRE WRECK KANSAS CITY PLAY HOUSE; NUMBER OF DEAD UNKNOWN. HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THEATER AT TIME OF DISASTER, BUT DEATH LIST CANNOT BE DETERMINED UNTIL SEARCH OF RUINS IS MADE; EXPLOSION BELIEVED DUE TO GAS LEAKAGE.
    Kansas City, Mo. - (AP) - Firemen and an army of workers from the street department Friday began searching the smoldering ruins of the Gillis theater ...Read MORE...


  • Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    The Aladdin
  • News 1932 - AVIATRIX SUFFERS BROKEN NECK IN PLANE CRASH.
    Kansas City, Aug. 7 (AP) - MILDRED KAUFFMAN, 25-year-old Kansas City aviatrix, was injured probably fatally, and RUSSELL SHAW, her passenger,...Read MORE...


  • News 1933 - June 17 – Union Station massacre: In Kansas City, Missouri, Pretty Boy Floyd kills an FBI agent, 3 local police, and the person they intended to rescue, captured bank robber Frank Nash.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 17, 1933

  • News 1935 - CRASH AT PARK NEAR KANSAS CITY. 60 HURT AS PIER COLLAPSES AT WINNWOOD BEACH; SIDE SHOW SNAKES INTO CROWD. PANIC FOLLOWS, MANY TRAMPLED. VOLUNTEERS WITH ROPES, 'HUMAN CHAINS' USED TO PULL VICTIMS FROM MUD.
    Kansas City, July 5. AP - Dropped 18 feet into the mud at Winnwood Beach, approximately 50 persons were injured, none seriously, when a section of an ...Read MORE...


  • News 1957 - DEATH TOLL MOUNTS TO 35 AS TORNADO STRIKES KANSAS CITY. GREATEST LOSS OF LIFE IS IN RUSKIN HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION.
    Kansas City, May 21 (AP) - The year's deadliest tornado thus far slashed across Kansas City's southern outskirts at sundown yesterday, leaving 35...Read MORE...


  • 1968 - Race riots occurred in Kansas City after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Sendol
For Relief of Distress and Discomfort Due to Simple Aches, Pains and Colds

Sendol Co., Kansas City, Mo.
Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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Chicken Tamale
"A Unique Mexican Dish"
Armour Packing Co.
Kansas City, Mo., U.S.A.

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898


Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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A Taffeta Silk Petticoat at $7.50
John Taylor, Dry Goods, Kansas City, Mo.

The Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Pinterest
Electric Park

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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Skyline Showing New Auditorium and New Court House, Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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The Aladdin
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  • News  1830 - December 29 - A very heavy snowstorm ushered in the "winter of the deep snow." The storm produced 30 inches of snow at Peoria IL and 36 inches at Kansas City MO.

    WeatherForYou.com
    December 29, 1830
  • News  1879 - Fatal Loss and Fire. Fire Persons Burned To Death In The Ruins Of A Candy Manufactory.
    Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 8. - A terrible disaster occurred at the corner of Second and Main Streets yesterday afternoon. Four brick three-story... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - Tornado
    KANSAS CITY, June 17. - This city was visited last night by a terrific tornado, which unroofed and overturned houses, blew down trees and fences and... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - A Train Ditched.
    Kansas City, August 29 - Switch engine No. 27, of the Council Bluffs railway, was badly ditched about five o'clock this morning while taking a train... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - FIRE AT KANSAS CITY. Property to the Value of $300,000 or $350,000 Go Up in the Flames. WAS AIDED BY A HIGH WIND.
    In One Hour Nothing but Walls and Burning Debris Remained to Mark the Place Where the Building Stood - Western Newspaper Union and the Western Type... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - Lost His Life in a Burning Theater.
    Kansas City, Mo., Oct 10. - Fire which started from an unknown cause on the stage of the old Comique theater yesterday resulted in the complete... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - May 14 - A severe thunderstorm, with some hailstones up to 9.5 inches in circumference, pounded a four mile wide path across Kansas City MO.
    South-facing windows were broken in nearly every house in central and eastern parts of the city, and several persons were injured. An even larger... Read MORE...

  • News  February 12, 1899 - The temperature dropped to 22 degrees below zero at Kansas City MO.

    WeatherForYou.com
    February 12, 1899
  • 1901 - Kansas City - The Central City by Charles S. Gleed
    In early literature and in early United States Indian treaties the Indian word” Kansas” appears as Caucis, Konza, Konseas, Kons, Kanzaw, Kanzau, Kaw, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - KANSAS CITY THEATRE BURNED. Coates Opera House a Complete Loss - "L'Aiglon" Was Booked for Monday.
    Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 31 - Fire late to-night destroyed the Coates Opera House, the principal theatre of Kansas City, situated at Tenth Street and... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Kansas City, a city of Missouri, the second in population and importance, is in Jackson co., on the right or S. bank of the Missouri River, \ mile... Read MORE...

  • News  1921 - TRAIN SMASH INJURES TWO - A FORD WAS STRUCK AT ARLINGTON AVENUE.
    Broken Bones Were Received by the Men in the Car, but They Narrowly Escaped Death.

    John H. Lewis, Kentucky and Hultig avenues, Mount Washington... Read MORE...

  • News  1925 - EXPLOSION AND FIRE WRECK KANSAS CITY PLAY HOUSE; NUMBER OF DEAD UNKNOWN. HUNDRED PEOPLE IN THEATER AT TIME OF DISASTER, BUT DEATH LIST CANNOT BE DETERMINED UNTIL SEARCH OF RUINS IS MADE; EXPLOSION BELIEVED DUE TO GAS LEAKAGE.
    Kansas City, Mo. - (AP) - Firemen and an army of workers from the street department Friday began searching the smoldering ruins of the Gillis theater ... Read MORE...

  • News  1932 - AVIATRIX SUFFERS BROKEN NECK IN PLANE CRASH.
    Kansas City, Aug. 7 (AP) - MILDRED KAUFFMAN, 25-year-old Kansas City aviatrix, was injured probably fatally, and RUSSELL SHAW, her passenger,... Read MORE...

  • News  1933 - June 17 – Union Station massacre: In Kansas City, Missouri, Pretty Boy Floyd kills an FBI agent, 3 local police, and the person they intended to rescue, captured bank robber Frank Nash.

    www.wikipedia.org
    June 17, 1933
  • News  1935 - CRASH AT PARK NEAR KANSAS CITY. 60 HURT AS PIER COLLAPSES AT WINNWOOD BEACH; SIDE SHOW SNAKES INTO CROWD. PANIC FOLLOWS, MANY TRAMPLED. VOLUNTEERS WITH ROPES, 'HUMAN CHAINS' USED TO PULL VICTIMS FROM MUD.
    Kansas City, July 5. AP - Dropped 18 feet into the mud at Winnwood Beach, approximately 50 persons were injured, none seriously, when a section of an ... Read MORE...

  • News  1957 - DEATH TOLL MOUNTS TO 35 AS TORNADO STRIKES KANSAS CITY. GREATEST LOSS OF LIFE IS IN RUSKIN HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION.
    Kansas City, May 21 (AP) - The year's deadliest tornado thus far slashed across Kansas City's southern outskirts at sundown yesterday, leaving 35... Read MORE...

  • 1968 - Race riots occurred in Kansas City after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ motimeln.htm

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