Long-forgotten L.A. Allen home stood at Valentine and Broadway

The L.A. Allen home at the southwest corner of Valentine and Broadway as it looked in 1900. The site, now the location of the Uptown Theater, housed the large pioneer Allen family only for a short time. Then, savvy real estate investors foresaw ...

This Volker block was home to hard-working laborers

  A couple sits on a front porch at 4012 Holly Street in 1940. The neighborhood had been home to railroad and stockyard workers as well as others during the previous three decades. Laborers, most of them immigrants or the children of immigrants, ...

From the archives: Armour Boulevard history

Drugstore at the corner of Armour and Troost The same block today The businesses that once lined the southeast corner of Armour and Troost are mostly gone now, with the remaining ones boarded up. But in earlier days, the block from Armour south ...

Families moved in and out of this Midtown block

On this block of Valentine Road west of Southwest Trafficway, most families came and went quickly over the years. One family, the O’Mearas of 1209 Valentine, stayed for decades. Census records show Richard O’Meara headed up the household ...

Valentine block was home of school board president

In the 1930s in Valentine, most households were made up of single families headed by a working father, but it was not uncommon for homes to be owned by widows or for families to rent out rooms to one or several boarders. Midtown households in ...

South Hyde Park block once had a grocery store

In 1913, the five neighbors along this stretch of Kenwood from 41st street south made a big splash in the early summer. Mrs. C.M. Reiter began by planting pink Dorothy Perkins roses. The next year, her four neighbors did the same. By the second ...

Small bungalows, apartments made up South Hyde Park block

Confederate Civil War captain Richard McCarty lived in this South Hyde Park home at 4300 Holmes  in 1919. The home, seen here in a 1940 photo, was owned in the 1920s by Erwin Le Roy Cottingham, a Marine who helped guard President Wilson on ...

Walnuts apartments replaced famous mansion of the same name

The Walnuts, three high-end residential hotel buildings, attracted the cream of Kansas City society in the 1930s. Before the three tall apartments were built, a large stone mansion, also known as the Walnuts, sat on the site. Before the Walnuts, ...

Early advocate for the blind lived on this block near Rockhurst

  The home of Catherine Hale, known for her work to help the blind in Kansas City, stood at the northeast corner of Forest and Rockhurst. A recent Google maps view of the block. A few of the homes the block between 51st and Rockhurst ...

Do you remember E. 31st between Charlotte and Campbell?

From the 1920s in to the 1940s, many folks in Midtown visited 31st Street near Charlotte to get their “alive until ordered” poultry and eggs. Several different poultry houses operated at this location, In this 1940 photo, it was called ...