Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

On my rare visit to Barnes and Noble, a store that encourages consumer to buy books online, I discovered a new batch of books containing vintage photos of Kansas City and other nearby places of interest. While I admire the effort to collect and annotate enough historic photos for a book, I don’t see myself paying over $20 for one of them. I am afraid many of these will be read at the coffee shop upstairs.

Luckily there are plenty of old photos online to entertain a cheap person like myself and even some books that can be read and downloaded for free. For example, check out A Birthday Book Of Kansas City 1821-1921 by Charles Phelps Cushing (obviously you should do it at work). The following photos and captions are taken from this book.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

The Past and Present, on this block there is one of the newest and one of the oldest buildings in Kansas City. At Tenth Street and Grand Ave. arises the frame of the new Federal Bank Building. The oldest church building still in church use in Kansas City is the Catholic Church of St.Peter and St.Paul. southwest corner of Ninth and McGee streets. Sarvent

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

The Public Library, 292,000 volumes, annual circulation over one million, twelve branches, 26 deposit stations, 120 school collections. Also house the W.R. Nelson Art Gallery and the Daniel B. Dyer Historical museum.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

Main Street, in the retail shopping district. Cushing.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

Convention Hall, seating capacity 12,000. Anderson

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

A hillside shantytown once clung to the sides of this cliff – now made into much admired part of Kansas City’s famous park and boulevard system. Kersey Coates Terrace. Cushing

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

A bit of the Paseo, part of the park and boulevard system. Cushing.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

The Scout, Cyrus Dallin’s statue bought by public subscription. It stands dominant on the hill in Penn Valley Park, southwest of the Memorial site. Sarvent.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

Country Club District , a charming group in a picturesque spot. Baird.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

A representative pretentious home. Anderson.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

One of the reasons Kansas City is a good place to live in. Baird.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

A birdseye view of part of Kansas City’s Stockyards and packing district, cattle pens and chutes in the foreground. Cushing.

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

The Missouri River Levee, the site of the “Westport Landing” as it is today. Photo shows docks of thebarge line to St.Louis and a new bridge. Cushing

Old Photos: Vintage Kansas City

Harper’s Weekly printed this picture in its issue of August 6, 1869 with the comment that “to Kansas City belongs the honor of building the pioneer bridge over the Missouri.” The editor made further comment that may sound more strange in modern ears. “Kansas City, Mo., though not so well-known in the East as Leavenworth, Omaha, St.Joseph and possibly some other Missouri River towns, enjoys remarkable advantages of natural location and commercial facilities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535893227 Donna Allen Wood

    I love how the ads on blogs are geared to what interests me: For instance, this time I see “Blair’s Farm and Fleet”, which is where I ordered my milk filters. The Internet is scary at times, but at my age, being scared only makes me feel more alive. As for that book at Barnes and Noble, in five years it will be on half.com for five bucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leighann Leigh Ann Little

    Actually Prof. Ulichne and I have a book coming out in April like the ones you spoke of in the first paragraph. I’ll get you a free copy, though! Signed and all :)
    I’m pretty sure you’re mentioned in the acknowledgements :)
    People will learn important things about KC history and people that have been almost completely lost to the town’s “official” historical narrative

    http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738590967/Early-Kansas-City-Missouri

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      Leigh Ann, I would never take money out of your pocket. And that’s the series I was talking about. The books are pretty pricey for not being hardcover. And how did I get into acknowledgments? I don’t remember doing anything remotely useful :-)

    • http://kcmeesha.com kcmeesha

      Leigh Ann, I would never take money out of your pocket. And that’s the series I was talking about. The books are pretty pricey for not being hardcover. And how did I get into acknowledgments? I don’t remember doing anything remotely useful :-)