Local history

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Local History

Know Your KC History: Strange Goings on at Exposition Fair, 1872 pt. 2

Wild Bill Hickok photo

James Butler Hickok, better known as “Wild Bill,” was a well-known scout, gunslinger, gambler, lawman, and umpire. There are at least two accounts of times when Hickok was prevailed upon to umpire baseball games—once in Fort Hays, Kansas, and the other here in Kansas City.

Local History

Know Your KC History: Strange Goings on at Exposition Fair, 1872 pt. 1

T.M. James Times photo

T.M. James & Sons was a store in early Kansas City that sold fine china. It was established by Thomas Martin James, who moved here from Kentucky in 1854, about four years after the founding of the Town of Kansas, or Kansas City, as we now call it.

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Know Your KC History: Campy Campaneris Joins the 9-in-9 Club

On September 8, 1965, the Kansas City Times started its 98th year of publication. The biggest story that morning was how Hurricane Betsy was pounding Florida. The storm was over 600 miles across, had hit Miami Beach with 81 m.p.h. winds, and crashed 20 foot waves near Fort Lauderdale, wreaking damage to roads, homes, and businesses.

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Know Your KC History: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Map

Fires, a hazard of the industrial revolution, often caused uninsured property owners to suffer great financial loss. To protect against such calamity, fire insurance companies sprang up all over the U.S.  Policy writers, however, could not always inspect properties in person. In 1866, D. A. Sanborn, an enterprising surveyor in Massachusetts, began creating specialized maps to help under-writers evaluate the risks.

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Know Your KC History: Ads of the 1800s

Bustle ad

Did you know that the Missouri Valley Special Collections has over 2,000 19th century advertising cards?  Many of these advertising cards, or trade cards, are from Kansas City businesses and constitute one of the more picturesque collections in the Missouri Valley Room. 

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