This Week in Kansas City History

Bottoms Up

Postcard of the old Union depot at Union Avenue and Santa Fe Street

April 7, 1878: Union Depot, Kansas City's first large train station, opens in the West Bottoms after $410,028 in construction costs.


Secrets of Chambers

Annie Chambers

March 24, 1935: Annie Chambers, who owned a 25-room house of prostitution in Kansas City, dies at the age of 92. By the time of her death, Chambers' own life had neatly paralleled Kansas City's untamed years of the late nineteenth century.


Bird Lives

Charlie Parker

March 12, 1955: Charlie "Bird" Parker, whose innovative performances paved the way for modern jazz styles, dies at the age of 34 after a 15-year addiction to heroin and alcohol.


End of the Marriage Penalty

Carolyn Farwell Fuller

March 2, 1944: Due to a wartime shortage of teachers, the Kansas City school board allows married women to teach.


Whittaker's Chambers

Supreme Court justice Charles Evans Whittaker

February 22, 1901: Charles Evans Whittaker, who will go on to become the first person from Kansas or Missouri to serve on the Supreme Court, is born on a farm near Troy, Kansas.


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