This Week in Kansas City History

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A Mess of a Massacre

Union Station

June 17, 1933: The parking lot of Union Station is riddled with bullets as friends of bank robber Frank Nash attempt to free him from federal custody, killing five people, including Nash.


A Man, A Plan, and A Lot of Concrete

Construction site view of the Scottish Rite Temple located at 1330 Linwood (Linwood and Troost) in Kansas City, Missouri

June 9, 1933: The Jackson County Court awards a $2,073,609 contract to the Swenson Construction Company for the Jackson County Courthouse, a part of the “Ten Year Plan” to improve Kansas City.


Kidnapped!

Mary McElroy. Photo courtesy The Kansas City Star

May 27, 1933: Mary McElroy, daughter of city manager and member of the Pendergast political machine Henry McElroy, is kidnapped from her Kansas City home, only to be released after 34 hours and a $30,000 ransom is paid.


Take One

Laugh-O-Gram Studio where Walt Disney worked

May 23, 1922: The Missouri secretary of state issues a certificate of incorporation for Walt Disney’s new animation studio, Laugh-O-gram Films, Inc., founded with $15,000 of other investors' money.


Tripping the Light Fantastic, and Then Some

Postcard view of the second Electric  Park

May 19, 1907: More than 53,000 people attend the opening day of the newly relocated Electric Park at 46th and The Paseo, which features a bowling alley, Living Statuary, bandstand, alligator farm, swimming pool, dance pavilion, and a roller coaster.