All aboard for railroad's Golden Age

PC-union station.jpg

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 in 1916, “The heart of the new Union Station is the Grand Lobby. Built in the form of a “T,” of which the grand lobby forms the cross piece and the North waiting room the stem. Surrounding the lobby are all the public conveniences such as the waiting rooms, post office, telephone and telegraph booths, book store, drug store, smoking rooms and a barber shop. The grand lobby has an area of 22,060 square feet.

The old Union Depot building from the West Bottoms could be placed in the space occupied by the grand lobby and main waiting room alone.” The semi-circular structure jutting out onto the lobby floor is the ticket office where rail line representatives booked passage on everything from standard train seats to berths for families in the popular Pullman sleeper cars.

A maze of tunnels lies underneath the station and were used for shipping of mail to and from the (former) main post office on Pershing Road. The main post office is now housed inside Union Station, which remains one of Kansas City’s grand façades and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Comments are closed.

  • Kansas City’s first memorial

    February 22nd, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 22, 2017 Dedicated on June 2, 1909, the August R. Meyer Memorial, at 10th […]


    Lagoon & boathouse beautified Swope Park

    February 15th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 15, 2017 One of the most prolific picture postcard publishers in Kansas City at […]


    St. Valentine champions for couples

    February 8th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 8, 2017 Around the year 200, the Roman Emporer Claudius was busy conquering various […]


    From postcards, to war planes, to vacuums — C.U. Williams was entrepreneur

    February 1st, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 1, 2017 The Big Blue River starts in southern Johnson County, Kan., where Wolf […]


    Baltimore Hotel stunned around turn of the century

    January 25th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 25, 2017 Often called enigmatic and eccentric and known by his friends as a […]


  • No better view west of the Hudson

    January 18th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 18, 2017 Built in 1906-07 by the Swenson Construction Company at a cost of […]


    Airport once was one of best in country

    January 11th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 11, 2017 This Hallmark Cards postcard titled “Airplane View of Kansas City, Mo.” is […]


    Our feet in the snow, our minds on the beach

    January 4th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 4, 2017 Tired of living in the deep freeze? We are too, so we’re […]


    Happy New Year HNEKC residents

    December 28th, 2016
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News December 28, 2016 Sent to Mrs. J. E. Hussell of Williamsville, N.Y., on Dec. 26, […]


    Postcard history dates to 1893

    December 21st, 2016
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News December 21, 2016 As a public communications medium, the postcard was ushered into service following […]


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    Schulte visits Northeast to tout $800M G.O. Bond

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 22, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – City Manager Troy Schulte and 1st District Councilman […]

    18th and Vine District to host Memorial Day weekend festival

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 22, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The 18th and Vine District will be hosting the […]

    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    Northeast News February 22, 2017