This Week in Kansas City History

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.


Kings of the City

The Kansas City Monarchs. Photo courtesy Missouri Valley Special Collections

October 6, 1922: The Kansas City Monarchs and the Kansas City Blues baseball teams embarked on a six-game series that would end with the Monarchs being crowned “The New City Champions” by the Kansas City Star.


Days of Shock and Sorrow

Days of Shock and Sorrow

September 28, 1953: Bobby Greenlease, 6-year-old son of Kansas City Cadillac dealer Robert Greenlease, is kidnapped from his school and murdered.


A Myth is Born

Jesse James

September 26, 1872: In front of an estimated 10,000 people exiting the Kansas City Industrial Exposition, three bandits (including Jesse & Frank James) rob the ticket office and escape with $978.


“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.


Kansas City Public Library Beta