Howard stopped the car on the side of the country road and got out of the coupe so he could light his cigar when a black Buick with three passengers pulled up to the side of them.
For over two decades, the Leawood Drive-In entertained thousands of people. The drive-in’s demise and a new owner’s fight for a commercial enterprise showcases an interesting period of history that many will not soon forget.
With a slight smile on his face, the soldier asked, “Dowan, do you know this woman?” Dowan crooked his head to get a better look at the black woman holding the flowers. “It seems like I have seen her somewhere.”
The Country Club Plaza is major attraction in Kansas City, especially during this time of year, thanks to its developer Jesse Clyde Nichols’ foresight.
About two dozen places across the country claim to have originated Memorial Day–once called Decoration Day–but three stories stand out among the rest.
It happened quite quickly. On May 11, 1886, the sun had been shining until until 10:30 a.m. when darkness enveloped the land block by block. A curious tinge in the atmosphere colored the sky a murky green.
The Folly Theater is the only turn-of-the-century playhouse in downtown Kansas City. Saved from demolition and brought back to life, The Grand Old Lady needs help yet again