Kelly’s Westport Inn, one of the most historically significant buildings in Kansas City, was built in 1985. It served the frontier community as Boone’s Trading Post, and was later used as a drug store, a grocery store, and a hardware store.

Black, white families, church, businesses shared Westport block in early 1900s

Kelly’s Westport Inn, one of the most historically significant buildings in Kansas City, was built in 1850-1. It served the frontier community as Boone’s Trading Post, and was later used as a drug store, a grocery store, and a hardware store. ...
The block in 1885, looking northwest from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road.

On Westport block, frontier history meets early 20th century streetscape

The block in 1885, looking northwest from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road. A recent aerial view of the block, which includes Manor Square, the Char Bar and the Westport Coffeehouse. As one of the oldest parts of Kansas City, the ...
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Top stories of 2016: Midtown neighborhoods rich with history

Since 2012, the Midtown KC Post has been celebrating the history of Kansas City block by block by block. As 2016 draws to a close, our Uncovering History project has spotlighted more than 100 individual blocks of Midtown, and we’re getting ...
The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the small today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block has retained much of the same appearance it had in the early 1900s when most of its structures were built.

Do you remember this block of Westport Road from Broadway to Central?

The bank at the corner of Westport Road and Broadway looks much the same today as it did in this 1940 photo. The block it occupies looks much the same as well. Although businesses have come and gone, the block hasn’t changed much since ...
In the year 1905, Armour Boulevard was still a wide dirt road, but well-off Kansas City families were moving to the new area called Hyde Park and building modern new mansions.  This photo was taken that year along Armour looking east from Warwick.

The heyday of the block of Armour south to 36th from Walnut to Warwick

In the year 1905, Armour Boulevard was still a wide dirt road, but well-off Kansas City families were moving to the new area called Hyde Park and building modern new mansions. This photo was taken that year along Armour looking east from Warwick. A ...
At 4243 Troost in 1940, Dr. Salisbury’s Laboratories sold a worming treatment for chickens and turkeys in the 1940s.

Do you remember the block from Troost to Forest, from 42nd to 43rd?

At 4243 Troost in 1940, Dr. Salisbury’s Laboratories sold a worming treatment for chickens and turkeys. A Sanborn insurance map from 1909-1950 shows buildings on the block. Like many blocks of Midtown in 1940, this section of Manheim Park ...
The Armour Park Apartments, now renovated, offered luxury apartment living to well-off families. In newspaper ads in the 1920s, the owners touted the five-to-eight-room large spaces with up to three bathrooms, ample garage space, and a break from the hassle of having to hire servants to staff a big house.

Do you remember the blocks of Cherry and Kenwood bounded by Armour and 34th?

On Kenwood between 34th and Armour Boulevard, these three single-family homes were the frequent sites of bridge parties, sewing clubs and other get-togethers in the decades immediately before these photos were taken in 1940. When the 10-room ...
Perhaps the best-known address on today’s block, from 44th to 45th and from Belleview to Madison Avenues, is The Point, a popular local bar and grill. From as early as 1918 through the 1930s, the buildings that house The Point served the neighborhood as a drug store and grocery.

Do you remember this block along Southwest Trafficway from 44th to 45th?

Perhaps the best-known address on today’s block, from 44th to 45th and from Belleview to Madison Avenues, is The Point, a popular local bar and grill. From as early as 1918 through the 1930s, the buildings that house The Point served the neighborhood ...
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Early Plaza Westport neighborhood builder helped working people buy homes

The history of Midtown Kansas City is full of tales of fortunes made and lost in real estate, but the Plaza Westport neighborhood’s past tells a different kind of story. A real estate developer and builder there, Will Corbin, is remembered ...
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Do you remember this block of Virginia and Paseo from 36th to 37th?

From this apartment at the corner of Paseo and 36th Street, the sounds of piano students practicing and performing filled the air in the 1920s and 30s. Popular piano teacher Miss Lewise McCoy taught many young musicians from her apartment, and ...