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1. A Century of Transportation in Missouri A Century of Transportation in Missouri //1920 Excerpt from an article in the "Missouri Historical Review."

2. Abuse and Murder on the Frontier: The Trials and Travels of Rebecca Hawkins: 1800-1860 Abuse and Murder on the Frontier: The Trials and Travels of Rebecca Hawkins: 1800-1860 2003 This is an in-depth study of the life of Rebecca Hawkins who hired her neighbor Henry Garster to murder her husband Williamson. It covers such subjects as spousal abuse, legal procedures, slavery, and...

3. Andrew Drips Park Andrew Drips Park 1995 Description of the 0.16-acre park acquired in 1882, between Belleview, 16th, and Jarboe Streets, with photo, drawing, and history as being the first city park.

4. Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Plains 1950 (1858 first edition) Description of Dr. Benoist Troost (1786-1859) as "the first physician in town" in Kansas City.

5. Camp Croghan Camp Croghan 1987 Description of Camp Croghan, the "first military post in Kansas," also called Cantonment Martin, "established in 1818 when Kansas was an unknown portion of the Louisiana Territory" and "winter quarters...

6. Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri //1875

7. Charles Lockridge Charles Lockridge 1908 Biographical sketch of Charles Richard Lockridge, or Charles Lockridge, organizer of the Commercial Bank and overseer of his father's estate, born in Kansas City in 1860. Description of his father, Thomas...

8. Country Club Plaza Country Club Plaza 1982 Reference to the Country Club Plaza as the "nation's first residential shopping center with a homogeneous design."

9. Dr. Isaac Ridge Dr. Isaac Ridge 1908 Photo and bio of Dr. Isaac Ridge (1825-1907), "the first college graduated physician to locate in Kansas City." Native of Kentucky coming to Kansas City in 1848 with offices on the Levee serving as a doctor...

10. Dr. Johnston Lykins Dr. Johnston Lykins April 17, 1905 Biographical sketch of Dr. Johnston Lykins (1800-1876), the first legal mayor of Kansas City, first postmaster of Westport (out of the Shawnee Mission), and first editor and publisher of a newspaper entirely...

11. Early African American Police Officers Early African American Police Officers 2006 Book excerpt about Lafayette Tillman, William Davis, Cornelius Carter, and J.J. Mattjoy, early African American police officers of the Kansas City Police Department. Tillman was the second black police...

12. Early Days in the West: Along the Missouri One Hundred Years Ago Early Days in the West: Along the Missouri One Hundred Years Ago April 7, 1905 Reprint from the Liberty Tribune with biographical sketches of the author's father, Elder William Thorp (1772-1853), a pioneer Baptist missionary of the Kansas City area. Native of Virginia moving to Saint...

13. Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw 1928 Illustration of the home of James Hyatt McGee, or James McGee, at 19th and Main, the "First Brick House in Jackson County, Built in 1845 [sic]."

14. Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw Early History of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas: The Prophetic City at the Mouth of the Kaw 1927 Mentions of Judge Richard Fristoe, along with Henry Burris and Abraham McClelland, as the first judges of the Jackson County court in 1827, following the county's organization in 1826 in Independence.

15. Encyclopedia of History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference Encyclopedia of History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference 1901 Photo and bio of Dr. Isaac Ridge, "pioneer physician" of Kansas City and its first official city physician. Born in Kentucky in 1825 and coming to Kansas City in 1848 as a doctor at the Levee before moving...

16. Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference 1901 Photo and bio of Webster Withers, a Kansas City business man. Born in Clay County, Missouri in 1837 and coming here in 1865 as a banker before starting an elevator business here in 1874 ("theirs being...

17. First Airplanes in Kansas City First Airplanes in Kansas City 1999 Description of the "first successful aeroplane designed and built in Kansas City and its initial flight" on August 26, 1910, flown by "J. C. McCallum, inventor and builder of the machine." On same page...

18. First Mail West: Stagecoach Lines on the Santa Fe Trail First Mail West: Stagecoach Lines on the Santa Fe Trail 1971 Tells about the stagecoach lines that carried passengers and mail over the Santa Fe Trail from 1850 to 1879, until railroads took over their traffic.

19. First Railroads in Kansas City First Railroads in Kansas City March 15, 1905 The Union Pacific railroad, the first to enter Kansas City, was opened as far as Lawrence, Kansas, in December, 1864. The next to come was the Missouri Pacific, which was opened for business in October,...

20. Fort Osage Fort Osage 1987 Photo and history of Fort Osage, "the first United States government outpost in Louisiana Territory," selected for its site on the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804 and established in 1808, supervised...