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 ...
For many years, the El Torreon Ballroom at Thirty-first and Gillham Plaza was a center of entertainment for Kansas City. This 1928 newspaper article showed the recently-completed building with storerooms on ground level and the dance hall on the top floor. The ballroom was a popular place for dancing to orchestras, beauty pageants, and later boxing matches.

Gillham Plaza Came to Life in 1928

For many years, the El Torreon Ballroom at Thirty-first and Gillham Plaza was a center of entertainment for Kansas City. This 1928 newspaper article showed the recently-completed building with storerooms on ground level and the dance hall on ...
Although the buildings that once lined Thirty-first Street and wrapped around the corner on Holmes are gone now, this area was a thriving business and entertainment area in the 1920s through the 1940s. This building which stood at 3110 Holmes in this 1940 photo housed a variety of businesses during those years.

Do you remember this block from 31st to Linwood, Gillham to Holmes?

Although the buildings that once lined Thirty-first Street and wrapped around the corner on Holmes are gone now, this area was a thriving business and entertainment area in the 1920s through the 1940s. This building which stood at 3110 Holmes ...
This block around Thirty-first and Holmes became the center of sensational news headlines in 1929, when a “dynamic little woman” named Maud Wilson smashed up a “soda drink” establishment she said had sold liquor to her daughter and husband.

Woman smashed liquor shop with ax at 31st and Holmes

This block around Thirty-first and Holmes became the center of sensational news headlines in 1929, when a “dynamic little woman” named Maud Wilson smashed up a “soda drink” establishment she said had sold liquor to her daughter and husband. In ...