History

  • December 8, 2017

    On with...

      Martin City Melodrama finds its forever home near its first home By Kathy Feist It’s been 33 years since the Martin City Melodrama and Vaudevilla Co. first performed at the old Martin City Methodist Church at the corner of 135th & Holmes (now The Martin Event Space). After several...

  • November 21, 2017

    The Kansas...

    by Diane Eickhoff As she walked beside the wagon train lumbering west over the Missouri state line on May 2, 1856, Miriam Colt gazed in wonder at the endless rolling prairie. After the long steamboat trip, and the gathering of supplies in Kansas City, the young schoolteacher from New York...

  • November 7, 2017

    The Murder...

    By Diane Euston   A quadruple murder in 1910 rocked the rural farming communities of Jackson County, Mo., and Johnson County, Ks., when the crime went unsolved. The Bernhardt Murder- December 1910  Earl Gray, a rural mail carrier in Oxford Township, knew something wasn’t right when he rode up to...

  • November 1, 2017

    A Disgraceful...

    A Disgraceful Double Elopement in 19th Century Martin City By Diane Euston  No one would have guessed what was conspiring on a farm in August 1893, but the result was a double elopement featuring a father and son. And to shock the community even more, the girls who ran away...

  • October 19, 2017

    Former church...

    The former Santa Fe Christian Church is memorialized almost 50 years after its demise.

  • October 2, 2017

    The history...

    The Four O’Clock Hill House got its rare and fitting name from travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. When wagon trains would leave Independence on their long and arduous journey, they would reach the area of the home around 4:00 in the afternoon.

  • September 22, 2017

    Trailside Center...

    This morning at 10 a.m., time goes underground at museum that celebrates the past.

  • September 12, 2017

    Martin City...

    This Martin City home, built in 1903, is now a boutique filled with a treasure trove of memories.

  • September 4, 2017

    One of...

    Suspected Southern sympathizers were forced to evacuate their homes in Jackson, Cass and Bates counties in 1863.

  • August 13, 2017

    Frontier Justice...

    At the New Santa Fe Cemetery lies a story of frontier justice.

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