Kansas City Museum / Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City Speedway Races, July 4, 1923

A panorama of the Kansas City Speedway, a wooden racetrack in operation from 1922-1924 near the present-day Bannister Federal Complex at Bannister Road and Troost Avenue. The entrance to the speedway was located at 91st Street and Holmes Road. The speedway cost $500,000 in 1922 and could host 60,000 people. After two years, it had to be closed as holes in the wooden racetrack became too large to safely race on.

Kansas City Public Service Building

Street scene showing the Kansas City Public Service Company Building (also known as the Kansas City Railway Company or K.C. Rys. Co. from 1914-1925) on the left. This building was located on the south side of 15th Street (now Truman Road) between Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) and Walnut Street. It was razed in 1932 by the Atlas Wrecking and Lumber Corporation. Pictured right at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and 15th Street is a building with an advertisement for Blue Moon Dance.

Kansas City Pedestrians in a Dust Storm

Dust Bowl period photograph of two pedestrians in Kansas City during a dust storm at noon on March 21, 1935. These dust storms caused an estimated one billion dollars in damages.

Kansas City Metropolitan Police Department Uniform

Navy blue police buttoned-down uniform worn by a captain of the Metropolitan Police Department of Kansas City, Missouri. The outfit features a captain's police cap with black detail, collar letters "K.C.P.D.", three black stripes at the wrists, emblem buttons, and pleated pants with pastel blue stripes at the side.

Kansas City Massacre Conspiracy Trial Witnesses

Photograph of telephone operators Nannie Belle Kennedy (left), Hattie Bongers (center), and Vera Felton (right). These witnesses inadvertently connected long distance wires for those charged in the trial concerning the Kansas City Massacre, June 17, 1933.

Kansas City Massacre at Union Station

Wide shot of Kansas City Massacre aftermath. This event, also known as the Union Station Massacre, saw the deaths of Frank Nash, an Oklahoma train and bank robber; William J. Grooms, a Kansas City police officer; Frank E. Hermanson, another Kansas City police officer; Raymond J. Caffrey, an FBI specialist; and Otto Reed, the chief of police for McAlester, Oklahoma. Outlaws Vernon Miller, Charles (Pretty Boy) Floyd, and Adam Richetti were attempting to free Frank Nash from law enforcement custody.

Kansas City Delegation to Mexico at Municipal Airport

Kansas City delegation to the inauguration of President Rubio of Mexico stand before their Ford Tri-Motor airplane with Municipal Airport building in background, February 2, 1930. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Source: Lou Holland Aviation Collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum.

Kansas City Custom Garment Company Wool Jacket

Size 38 iridescent green wool men's jacket created by the Kansas City Custom Garment Company in the 1940's. Included is a patterned tie fashionable during the period.

Kansas City Commercial Club Presidents

Collage assembled in 1925 of the Presidents of The Commercial Club of Kansas City and it's successor The Chamber of Commerce. Source: Kansas City Museum (George Fuller Green Collection).

Kansas City Children in a Dust Storm

Dust Bowl period photograph of school children in Kansas City during a dust storm on March 22, 1935. The caption reads, "Kansas City, March 22.-Handkerchiefs over faces were recommended by school principals Friday wherever recurrence of the middle west dust storms appeared probable. Pupils thus equipped are shown leaving a grade school when the storm was at its height."

Jay McShann Orchestra

Jay McShann at piano with his orchestra posed around, no date. Source: Charles Goodwin.

Jay McShann Band at Martin's-on-the-Plaza

Jay McShann's Band playing at Martin's-on-the-Plaza, also known as Martin's Cafeteria and Plaza Tavern. Those pictured include: Gene Ramey, bass; Bob Mabane, tenor; Gus Johnson, drums; Edward Hale, alto; Bill Smith, trumpet; Jay McShann, piano. Source: Gene Ramey.