Storied   Scandalous Kansas City

Storied Scandalous Kansas City


  • Author : Karla Deel
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-11-01
  • Genre: History
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781493042449


Storied Scandalous Kansas City Book Description :

Welcome to Kansas City—the best town this side of Hell. The Paris of the Plains. Home to the Wettest Block in the World. This collection celebrates a storied history of one notorious city. Meet the mobsters and victims, bootleggers, madams, political bosses and raucous entertainers who truly brought the party to the plains even during Prohibition. Witness the best parades, the wackiest costumes and the wildest scams. Kansas City’s sordid underbelly is full of surprises sure to delight and entice—the odd, macabre and delightful....

Paris of the Plains
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Paris of the Plains


  • Author : John Simonson
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010-10-22
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781614232766


Paris of the Plains Book Description :

From the end of the Great War to the final years of the 1950s, Kansas Citians lived in a manner worthy of a place called Paris of the Plains. The title did more than nod to the perfumed ladies who shopped at Harzfeld's Parisian or the one-thousand-foot television antenna nicknamed the "Eye-full Tower." It spoke to the character of a town that worked for Boss Tom and danced for Count Basie but transcended both the Pendergast era and the Jazz Age. Author John Simonson introduces readers to a town of vaudeville shows and screened-in porches, where fleets of cream-and-black streetcars passed beneath a canopy of elms. This is a history that smells equally of lilacs and stockyards and bursts with the clamor of gunshots, radio baseball and the distant whist...

Forgotten Tales of Kansas City

Forgotten Tales of Kansas City


  • Author : Paul Kirkman
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-10-23
  • Genre: History
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781614237389


Forgotten Tales of Kansas City Book Description :

Meet the folks who slip out of history books like they're playing the Kansas City shuffle. In this fascinating collection of stories, Paul Kirkman has dug up all sorts of head-scratchers: how did Jesse James rob a bank with John F. Kennedy, and how could a Beatles concert in the 1960s fail to make money? Watch a cow explode in a kitchen, frogs rain down from the sky and dogs pay for a public library system. Learn how Harry Houdini was trapped in a phone booth, why Clark Gable haunted street corners in a clown outfit and what kept Kansas City in Missouri....

Open City

Open City


  • Author : William Ouseley
  • Publisher : Leathers Pub
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1585974803


Open City Book Description :

Open City is an historical work detailing and analyzing the birth and growth of an organized crime "family" in Kansas City during the first 50 years of the 20th Century. It began with a Mafia-like clan labeled the Black Hand, its roots planted in the secret crime societies of Southern Italy and Sicily - a band of extortionists victimizing the city's "Little Italy" community in the early 1900s. From modest beginnings, the development of the criminal outfit is traced through prohibition, its alliance with the Pendergast Machine, the roaring 20s, Home Rule, the wide open 30s, the birth of La Cosa Nostra, and hard times in the 50s. It is the story of Kansas City, politics, powerful and colorful mob bosses, gangland murders, racket activities, and courage...

Tom s Town

Tom s Town


  • Author : William M. Reddig
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: History
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  • ISBN 10 : 0826204988


Tom s Town Book Description :

The Pendergast machine rose to power riding the industrial and business boom of the 1920s, strengthened its grip during the chaos of the depression years, and grew fat and arrogant during the spending spree that followed. It fell apart in a fantastic series of crimes, including voting fraud and tax evasion, that shocked the nation and resulted in the incarceration of Tom Pendergast in a federal prison in 1939. Now available in paperback with a foreword by Charles Glaab, William M. Reddig's political and social history of Kansas City from the mid-1800s to 1945, focusing on the lives of Alderman Jim Pendergast and especially his younger sibling, Big Tom Pendergast, chronicles both the influence of the brothers on the growing metropolitan area and the n...

Gully Town
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Gully Town


  • Author : G. P. Schultz
  • Publisher : greg Schultz
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: Fiction
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  • ISBN 10 : 9780962632402


Gully Town Book Description :

In settings ranging from Kansas City's West Bottoms to Quality Hill, you'll follow the lives and fortunes of five very different men, the women they love, and the families they create, in G.P. Schultz's historic saga about the settlement and growth of one of America's great cities. You'll follow the adventures of Jack and Kevin, two spunky Irish orphans just off the boat and determined to make their fortunes in America. They arrive in Kansas City when it is a rugged town built along mountainous gullies carved in the mud along the Missouri River--thus earning it the name "Gully Town." For Kevin, early Kansas City affords the opportunity to fulfill his ambitions to be a newspaper reporter and to pursue his avid interest in women--until the captivating ...

Kansas City Chronicles
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Kansas City Chronicles


  • Author : David W. Jackson
  • Publisher : Arcadia Publishing
  • Release Date : 2010-07-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781614232025


Kansas City Chronicles Book Description :

From guerilla warfare and martial law to the elegant dresses of the Harzfeld Parisian Cloak Company, discover how everything became up-to-date in Kansas City (including the phrase "up-to-date"? itself, which predates the song in Oklahoma!). Watch as the Jackson County Poor Farm became the state-of-the-art Truman Medical Center and learn why Old Westport is the real McCoy. Meet the resident mouse of the Laugh-O-Gram studio on Thirteenth and Forest, which took food from Walt Disney's hand as Mortimer before taking shape on Disney's drawing board as Mickey. In this collection of his best historical columns, David Jackson delivers a vivid portrait of the people, places and events that continue to shape this fascinating town....

Miss Kansas City Kitty  Doris Markham s Story

Miss Kansas City Kitty Doris Markham s Story


  • Author : Deborah Dilks
  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-01-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
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  • ISBN 10 : 9781646108619


Miss Kansas City Kitty Doris Markham s Story Book Description :

Miss Kansas City Kitty: Doris Markham’s Story By: Deborah Dilks Doris Markham’s Story takes you back to Kansas City in the 1930s and 1940s as well as rural Missouri living at the turn id the twentieth century. Join Doris on her escapades through three marriages and a dozen boyfriends. Miss Kansas City Kitty Doris Markham’s Story is based on a true story about one spirited country girl’s struggles to survive in Kansas City when it was a wild town; some called it “The Paris of the Plains” with illegal gambling, speakeasies, gangsters, barbecue and jazz. Her story is a love story, okay several love stories mixed with drama and comedy. People described Doris Markham as a pistol, a free spirit and stubborn. She could be called an early woman...

Kansas City Then   Now

Kansas City Then Now


  • Author : Darlene Isaacson
  • Publisher : Thunder Bay Press (CA)
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1592234879


Kansas City Then Now Book Description :

Photographs of Kansas City landmarks, with vintage b&w photos next to new color photos. Features landmarks such as the Scout statue, Union Station, JC Nichols fountain in the Country Club Plaza, City Market, Coates House, Municipal Auditorium, Downtown's Boley Building, and much more....

Vintage Kansas City Stories

Vintage Kansas City Stories


  • Author : L. A. Little
  • Publisher : Vintage Antique Classics
  • Release Date : 2009-05
  • Genre: American newspapers
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  • ISBN 10 : 0982352700


Vintage Kansas City Stories Book Description :

Meet the mayor of Kansas City as he's called upon to remove the spell of an evil hypnotist. Meet Bottles, the beer guzzling canine, as he makes his way around town on the streetcars. See a tiny Russian prince fall in love, celebrate the birth of the Gypsy King's son, and relive the days of vaudeville and ragtime with these true, whimsical, Vintage Kansas City Stories, taken from the pages of The Kansas City Journal during the years 1907-1909. More than 75 illustrated stories go beyond the history of an American metropolis to tell what it was like to live in an age where old-world people were meeting new technologies, embracing modern thought, and facing a century that promised a world of possibility. Includes a bonus, The Story of Kansas City, the to...