This Week in Kansas City History

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Katz in the Cradle

Isaac Katz

March 8, 1879: Isaac Katz, who, along with his brother Mike, will found the Katz Drug Co. in Kansas City, is born in western Ukraine.


Separate but Equal?

Dr. Thomas C. Unthank (1866-1932)

March 2, 1930: After much political maneuvering over its location, the new—and remarkably high-quality, albeit segregated—General Hospital No. 2 opens to serve Kansas City's African American community.


Conventional Wisdom

The first Convention Hall

February 22, 1899: Local leaders celebrate as Kansas City gets a building large enough to accommodate large crowds with the opening of Convention Hall, built at a cost of $225,000.


Death of a Visionary

Jesse Clyde Nichols

February 16, 1950: Jesse Clyde Nichols, who developed the Country Club Plaza and many housing developments throughout Kansas City, dies just six months before his 70th birthday at his Kansas City home.


The Worst Fire in Kansas City History

Postcard of the Coates House Hotel

January 28, 1978: Flames engulf the Coates House Hotel, destroying much of the building and causing the worst loss of life by fire in Kansas City history.