This Week in Kansas City History

Jones' Reach

Postcard of the Jones Store Company building

October 21, 1945: John Logan Jones, co-founder of The Jones Store, which by 1895 was the largest department store in Kansas City at its seven-story building at 12th and Main Streets, dies in Kansas City on a visit from California at the age of 86.

Decline of the Incline

Robert Gillham, a 24-year-old engineer from New York, reformed Kansas City's transportation system

October 13, 1913: The last operating cable car in Kansas City completed its final trip along 12th Street, ending thirty years of cable car dominance in the city’s public transportation.

Wilkins Rising

Roy O. Wilkins

August 30, 1901: Roy O. Wilkins, who will spend eight years as reporter and editor of the Kansas City Call before moving on to lead the NAACP, is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Going Nuclear

Still from the 1983 made-for-TV movie "The Day After"

November 20, 1983: An estimated 100 million Americans watch Kansas City and its environs destroyed by a nuclear attack in the made-for-TV movie, The Day After.

Into the Sunset

Tom Bass, a founder of the American Royal

November 4, 1934: Tom Bass, who was born a slave and went on to become a celebrated horse trainer and a founder of the American Royal, dies in his Mexico, Missouri, home at 75 years of age.

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