This Week in Kansas City History

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Cool Operator

Elmer F. Pierson

August 27, 1896: Elmer F. Pierson, who, with brother John, will found the Vendo company, market the first reliable Coca-Cola vending machines, and dominate the vending machine industry, is born in Kansas City.


Aviation Takes Off

Charles Lindbergh

August 17, 1927: After flying to Kansas City in the Spirit of St. Louis, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh dedicates Municipal Airport while on a national tour to promote air travel.


The Way to Santa Fe

Apache chief Dor-con-each-la in traditional dress

August 10, 1825: Representatives of the Osage tribes meet with American commissioners near present-day Council Grove, Kansas to negotiate a treaty giving the U.S. government rights to land for the establishment of the Santa Fe Trail, which will become a major trade route linking the greater Kansas City area to the Southwest.


Burnt End

Interior view of the Exposition Building, also known as the Crystal Palace

August 5, 1901: A suspicious fire destroys Kansas City’s Crystal Palace, once a prime tourist attraction, only five days before its scheduled demolition.


Hotel Horror

Hyatt  Regency Hotel

July 17, 1981: One hundred fourteen people die as two skywalks collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel during a tea dance.


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