This Week in Kansas City History

“The Greatest Display of Skill, Nerve, and Daring”

Old Elm Ridge Race Track, ca 1915

September 17, 1922: Averaging 107 miles per hour, racecar driver Tommy Milton wins the inaugural race at the Kansas City Speedway, also known as "the Old Board Track" at 95th and Troost.

Muffin Man

Fred Wolferman

September 13, 1870: Fred Wolferman, who will lead the family Kansas City grocery store to a successful purveyor of luxury food goods (especially Wolferman's English muffins), is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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.

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