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What Did Northland Roads Look Like in the 1930s?

Wes Minder blogs as the Line Creek Loudmouth. He recently found a copy of a 1930s Mobil™ Missouri map. One of the photos he shared is of the roads of the Northland from that time period. Minder has several more photos of other parts of the area on his site, click …

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First Look at Chouteau Heritage Fountain

Over five years ago, seventh generation Clay Countian Keith Nelson and the North Bennington Neighborhood Association Keith Nelson formed a plan to develop a fountain that would honor an important part of the founding of Kansas City. In 1821, Francois and Bernice Chouteau set up a fur trading post at Randolph …

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Senator Claire McCaskill: Meet Arla Harrell: Veteran, Subject of Mustard Gas Testing, & Namesake of my new Legislation

Senator Claire McCaskill is the senior United States Senator from Missouri. This is her June 6, 2016 email newsletter. For more information on our Opinion Section please click here. In 1945, 18-year-old Arla Harrell enlisted in basic training at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Missouri, where he—along with 60,000 other servicemen at military sites …

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Flatland KC Documentary Looks at Francois & Berenice Chouteau

Brad Austin, creator of the Northland video magazine Northbounder has been doing some work for KCPT’s Flatland Kansas City. His new project called “The Founders,” launched last Monday, June 6. The digital video mini-series “explores the bold and brave families who settled here, survived the elements, and formed the partnerships …

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Roberts Grave Yard Rededication: Gone but Not Forgotten

Sunday, April 10th, descendants, neighborhoods and local historians gathered for the re-dedication of the Roberts Grave Yard. Chouteau Estates resident, Eric Stitt lead the restoration project.  Stitt said that over the last three years’ 75 Chouteau Estates residents volunteered over 500 hours to reclaim the cemetery.  Stitt also said that …

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Local Remnants Remain from the Avondale Trestle

Avondale Trestle

The Kansas City, Clay County and St. Joseph Railway (KCCC&StJ RY) was an interurban railway that ran from Kansas City to St. Joseph from 1913 until 1933. The railway started in Downtown Kansas City heading northwest to St. Joseph, Missouri and northeast to Excelsior Springs.  Throughout Clay County there are …

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