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Fascinating Historical Photos of Kansas City From Early 20th Century

Kansas City is the largest and most populous city in Missouri state. The City was incorporated as a town in 1850 and as City in 1853. Kansas City thrived after the Civil War, especially in the Prendergast era. Boulevards, Parks, City hall, Country Club Plaza, Country Club District, and several other famous infrastructures were built that completely reshaped the City. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the population of the City was over 163,752 residents. The first streetcars introduced in the City were horse-powered, and in 1908 all of them replaced with electric-powered streetcars. Kansas City had the most extensive streetcars system in the country. During the prohibition era, Kansas City remained unaffected.

Here below are some historical photos of Kansas City from the early 1900s that capture street scenes, landmarks, and everyday life.

#1 Elks Club, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Elks Club, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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#2 City Market, Kansas City, Missouri, 1906

City Market, Kansas City, Missouri, 1906

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#3 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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#4 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1908

Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1908

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#5 Main Street north from Twelfth, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1908

Main Street north from Twelfth, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1908

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#6 Board of Trade Building, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Board of Trade Building, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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#7 Junction of Main and Delaware Streets, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Junction of Main and Delaware Streets, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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#8 Mildred Williams, one of several women freight handlers employed at the Atchison, Topeka, Kansas City, Missouri, 1943

Mildred Williams, one of several women freight handlers employed at the Atchison, Topeka, Kansas City, Missouri, 1943

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#9 Kansas City livestock exchange, 1906

Kansas City livestock exchange, 1906

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#10 Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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#11 Jackson County Court House, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Jackson County Court House, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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#12 Petticoat Lane, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

Petticoat Lane, Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906

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Written by Aung Budhh

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