When Downtown KC was a powerhouse - A must see for all

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It's a shame the tower structure for the Pantages / Tower Theater wasn't retained, and reused as the entrance lobby for a new office building constructed on the auditorium footprint.

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aknowledgeableperson wrote:And look at the surface lots.
Yea, where did everyone park? I would move across the state line to Kansas if I were them, where I could buy a cheap, ugly house with a garage to park my car. Ahh yes, then I could drive my car to all the Mcfast food joints and Walmarts so I could buy cheap, ugly stuff to put in my cheap, ugly house.

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Thx Fang!

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The Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers was located on the northeast corner of 4th and Main in the River Market of Kansas City. Photo is from 1890.

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Larger photo here:

http://kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.p ... OX=1&REC=7

Kansas City – The Baby Hub of the US
According to statistics, Kansas City was the baby hub and a safe-place for unwed mothers. It was located in the middle of the US with convenient access to the railroad. A railroad map into Kansas City was featured on the “Interesting Willows’ Statistics” pamphlet printed in 1921 by Willows Maternity Home.

At that time, Kansas City also was the home of the Florence Crittenton Home, The St. Vincent’s Hospital, Eastside Maternity Hospital (aka Kansas City Cradle) and the Florence Home for Colored Girls.
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harbinger911 wrote:I wanted to post some vintage photos I found and searched, finding this thread.
All of the first few pages photos are gone??
yes, they're gone because the poster likely stopped paying for their account sometime in the past 11 years. they used a paid service

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One of the problems of linking to photos is that the links often go dead.

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Links certainly do go dead. When I started posting here years ago, I used Opera's community site to store my photos so I could post here. Opera decided to stop supporting that site, but they gave people two or three months to find other sites. It was a hassle to transfer the images and change all those links, but I'm glad Opera provided some wiggle room. Not that it matters, but you can store up to one terabyte of images and videos on Flickr for free. All of mine can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/115393943@N05/collections.

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If anyone is interested, I've started a Google Photos album of the pictures I've snapped around KC. If there's any interest, I could turn it into a collaborative album and others could add their photos too. It would be kind of a cool way to document history in and around our city.

https://goo.gl/photos/u7YtEr2p4n36GtC37

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Enjoyed your album. Thanks. Have bookmarked it and will be checking back.

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New plane being pulled

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Testing the Machine gun
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Edit: Flood waters can't stop the war effort
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Fairfax Airport 1940s. The Fairfax plant had a peak employment of 24,329 in October 1943.
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I have to wonder how the all would commute to the plant there. Did a streetcar/Bus line run to fairfax?
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Anthony_Hugo98 wrote:
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:38 am
I have to wonder how the all would commute to the plant there. Did a streetcar/Bus line run to fairfax?
There were multiple streetcar and bus lines in KCK. I will also add, the water in the last photo is the Missouri River flooding and covering the Tarmac. Work stopped for nothing!

This map is from the war. I wonder how many walked to work? I think KCK used to have its own rail station as well.
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I wonder where most of their workers lived? Do you think it was likely KCKS?

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