As part of our Uncovering History Project, the Midtown KC Post is taking a look at the 1940 tax assessment photos of each block in Midtown.
Today, we look at residences and businesses in the South Hyde Park neighborhood, from 45th Street south to Brush Creek, from Gillham/Harrison to Troost.
As you can see from the photos in the slide show and in the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map (below), Troost Avenue was dominated by auto-related businesses in 1940. The block also included the Fire Department Hose Company 31 and Fire Engine Company 11.
The slideshow we have posted below shows the structures that existed that year.
But we would like your help. Do you remember this block in 1940 or in the years since? What special memories do you have of this section of this area?
What questions do you have about it?
We’ll share your history and help to preserve it on our website. Would you like us to focus on your block next week?
Photos courtesy Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Valley Special Collections.