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All aboard for railroad's Golden Age

Posted July 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
July 23, 2014

The old Union Depot went out with a wild party in the fall of 1914, when the new Union Station on Pershing Road opened for business.

The heyday of Union Avenue had come to a close; the old depot built in the late 1870s had seen its last flood and its last train. After the great floods of 1903 and 1908 that had inundated the depot in close to 10 feet of water each time, city fathers began the process of moving the depot to higher ground.

A site along the OK Creek gully near Gillham Road and 24th Street was chosen, and soon after construction began on what is now Union Station. According to this Valentine Souvenir postcard published

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    Creamery offers wholesome goodness

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    July 16, 2014

    This week, we offer this lovely advertising postcard from the Blue Valley Creamery Company, spotlighting three of the company’s facilities in Sioux City, Iowa; St. Joseph, Mo.; and Chicago.

    “Churners of the celebrated Blue Valley Butter” is noted on the front of the card. The Blue Valley Creamery Co. had 21 large butter making plants in the United States and was noted for paying the highest price for cream.

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    The Larry-Don Excursion boat

     

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    July 9, 2014

    If you’re a fan of Lake Ozark and everything that is the Lake of the Ozarks, then you’ve no doubt seen the Larry-Don plying the waters of the lake, ferrying sight-seeing tours along the almost 1,400 miles of shoreline on a daily basis.

    This week’s postcard, “The ‘Larry-Don’ Excursion Boat, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri” was published by the Corwin News Agency of Jefferson City, Mo. The description on the back of the card states: “The newest

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    Artistos Flour – Guaranteed!

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    July 2, 2014

    This week, we spotlight a promotional postcard for the Southwest Milling Company showing the company’s A and B Flour Mills. The “A” mill was built in 1913 near present day 18th Street and Kansas Avenue on the banks of the Kansas River. Advertised as fireproof and of the most modern construction, the plant was Southwestern Milling’s flagship plant along the Kaw River for many years.

    At its peak, its output was roughly 4,000 barrels of flour

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    The always fashionable Brookside Hotel

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    This week, we take a look at the lobby of the Brookside Hotel located at 54th Street and Brookside Boulevard.

    The old Brookside Hotel was built in 1918 and officially opened for business in October, 1919. It is said that the hotel was much like Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel on Lake Michigan. During World War II, the facility was used by the Army Air Corps to house officers attending Rockhurst College.

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    Flooding no stranger in West Bottoms

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    June 18, 2014

    The Kansas City Flood: “The heavy rains during the month of June in the Missouri and Kaw River valleys was the cause of a flood which almost equaled the flood of June 1903. The rise reached the height of 29.07 feet in the Kaw and 32.03 feet in the Missouri River.

    The immense drift built a dam at the Missouri Pacific Railroad Bridge which forced the water to back up in all the sewers

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    No finer view west of the Hudson

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    June 11, 2014

    Built in 1906-07 by the Swenson Construction Company at a cost of $15,000, the stone arched 15th Street Bridge spans what was then R.T. Van Horn Road by the new Blue Ridge Boulevard. At its highest point, the bridge is 80 feet above the roadbed and is noted as one of the highest elevations in Kansas City at close to 950 feet above sea level.

    The view offers sweeping vistas of downtown Kansas City to the west

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    Old city prison still stands on Vine St.

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    June 4, 2014

    Overcrowding, frequent escapes, unclean bedding, vermin, lack of medical attention, poor food, habitual gambling, prisoners kept in cells in idleness and intoxicating liquors and drugs available during confinement.

    The list of grievances was delivered to Mayor Thomas Crittenden in 1909 by the Board of Pardons and Paroles describing the deplorable conditions at the City Work House, located at 2001 Vine St.

    After public dissemination of those charges, the superintendent and most

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    Fred Harvey Spotlights Linwood Blvd

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 28, 2014

    This Phost-tint Postcard shows Linwood Boulevard looking East from Euclid Avenue.

    The stately, colonnaded Los Angeles Apartments stand next to another luxury apartment building with terraced balconies. Sadly, neither of the buildings exist today, victims of the wrecking ball many years ago. The Bruce R. Watkins (BRW) Freeway is on the site today.

    Linwood Boulevard derives its name from a grove of Linden trees that once stood near the old, one-room

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    Cyclone postcard shows storm’s fury

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
    Northeast News
    May 21, 2014

    On July 10, 1915, the skies over the tiny hamlet of Atlanta, Mo., turned black, the air grew still and oppressively humid following what many thought to be a routine summer thunderstorm. Then, to the south and west of Atlanta, a funnel cloud fell from the sky and wrought an almost 20-mile path of destruction through the farmland of Northeast Missouri.

    This real photo postcard shows the cyclone as it dropped from the sky near Barnesville and

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