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Description: Postcard of the Missouri River at Kansas City
Location: SC58
Collection: Mrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Historical Article: The great bend in the Missouri River at Kansas City is pictured in black and white on an old turn-of-the-century post card.In the mid-1800s Missouri River steamboat passengers who were California bound disembarked at the great bend and continued their westward journey by wagon train. Some pioneers abandoned plans for the arduous overland trip and settled in the town of Kanzas.The photograph was taken about 1903 from the bluffs above Kersey Coates Drive and looks down into the West Bottoms and railroad yards.The large square building at left is the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company, listed in the 1903 city directory at 8th, Santa Fe & Hennings. Near the Loose-Wiles Company another building bears the sign of J. G. Peppard Seed Company.Joseph G. Peppard, an early day dealer in buffalo bones, was a pioneer in the west in the development on seed production by farmers.The wholesale seed company was formed in 1887 by Peppard. Vast quantities of seeds were shipped from Kansas City to our allies in World War I. Hybrid corn, handled by Peppard, is given credit for greatly increased food production in this country.Also pictured are the 9th Street Incline, with street cars to the old depot and West Bottoms.The Sewall Paint & Varnish Company of Frederick N. Sewall is near the center. The address given by old directories is 1230 West 11th.Kansas City StarApril 3, 1976
Barcode: 20000350
Item Type: Postcard

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