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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,...
First Rock Road in Jackson County
August 28, 1910
Description of the supposedly first rock road in Jackson County, at the "nearest good landing on the river. This was Rickman's landing at about where now is the Sugar Creek plant of the Standard Oil Company."...
First Rotogravure Section of Kansas City Star
Unverified first Rotogravature Section of the Kansas City Star of the Star newspaper, according to the local history index card.
First School in Kansas City
Brief description of Colesville school, the "first school established within the present limits of Kansas City" and "founded by the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, in 1832, in what is now Troost Park."
First Settler Here Was One of Many Chouteaus Who Helped Build the City
Scrapbook contains an article about Francois and Berenice Chouteau, commonly accepted as the first permanent white settlers of Kansas City.
First Store House
The first store house in the old town was built by T. A. Smart, in 1839 on the levee, on the site of which is at present a steam cracker factory.
First Sunday Edition of Kansas City Star
April 29, 1894
Unverified first Sunday edition of the Kansas City Star of the Star newspaper, according to the local history index card.
First Telegraph Message in Kansas City
First Telephone Exchange
Tthe first telephone exchange opened for business in February 1879 with two operators during the day and one at night. There were 30 subscribers initially.
First Telephone in Kansas City
November 10, 1940
Article about the first telephone in Kansas City, at the residence of railroad manager J. L. Barnes.
First Trolley Cars
First practical overhead trolley line run on May 1, 1885.
First Uses of Electricity
Articles from the Kansas City Star about the first uses of electricity in the city, including Edwin R. Weeks, the Smith Dry Goods Palace, and Kawsmouth Electrical Company.
First Vehicle Crosses Bond Bridge
September 28, 2010
On September 27, 2010, Brad Regehr and his wife Wanda were the first to cross the new Christopher S. Bond Bridge (Bond Bridge) that replaces the Paseo Bridge. "More than 700 community leaders, politicians,...
First Voting Machine Election Tuesday
Short article with diagram of how to use the new voting machine in three steps, for the upcoming school levy election.
First Voting Machines in Kansas City
Voting machines were first used in Kansas City on April 6, 1954.
First Weekly Edition of Kansas City Star
March 6, 1890
Unverified first weekly edition of the Kansas City Star, according to the local history index card.
First White Child Born in Kansas Near Death from Paralytic Stroke
Biographical article about Susan Dillon, "the first white child born in the state of Kansas," born on January 12, 1830, and becoming the wife of William J. Dillon,a saddler and outfitter of Westport" and...
First White Children Born in Kansas
Chronology of the first white children born in Kansas, starting in 1828 and including the first white child born at the Methodist Shawnee Indian mission in 1830, "Susanna Adams Dillon," or Susannah Yoacham...
First Woman Journalism Graduate of M. U. to Retire
Biography of Mary Paxton Keeley, the first woman to graduate from the first journalism school in the United States, the University of Missouri, and her careers as a journalist and teacher of creative writing....
Firsts in Kansas City
Several scattered clippings on the microfilm of various types of "firsts" in Kansas City, among them important city establishments, buildings, and people.
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