Old Images of Kansas City, Missouri, in Historic Photos & Film

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The Great Market Kansas City C1890
The Great Market, Kansas City, C1890

Glimpse history through fascinating old images of Kansas City, Missouri.

Tippecanoe Club

The Tippecanoe Club at Kansas City, Missouri, was established in 1840. The cabin was based at Walnut, between 11th and 12th Streets.

The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought at Battle Ground, Indiana, on November 7th, 1811. Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (commonly known as “The Prophet”), brought together a confederacy of tribes, in an attempt to halt the European-American settlement of their native lands. An American force of more than 1,000 men marched to the area, was able to fend off a surprise attack, and burnt Prophetstown to the ground, which effectively ended the conflict.

‘Tippecanoe’ was the nickname for William Henry Harrison, the leaders of the American forces in the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana, who died at the age of 68 in 1841, just 31 days after his inauguration as President of the United States of America.

Old photo of the Veterans Tippecanoe Club assembled in front of the Tippecanoe Cabin, Republican Headquarters, at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1888
Old photo of the Veterans Tippecanoe Club assembled in front of the Tippecanoe Cabin, Republican Headquarters, at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1888. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Kansas City in 1890

An old photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1890
An old photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1890. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Old photo of a streetcar passing the City Market at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1890
Old photo of a streetcar passing the City Market at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1890. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
An old photo showing a small boat about the be launched down a shute into water, taken in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1890
An old photo showing a small boat about the be launched down a shute into water, taken in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1890. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Grand Avenue

This old photo of Grand Avenue, taken sometime in the early years of the 20th Century, is so interesting that I’ve added two closeups so you can see lots of little details about the people, vehicles and buildings that day.

Old photo of Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, taken around the beginning of the 20th Century
Old photo of Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, taken around the beginning of the 20th Century. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an old photo of Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, taken around the beginning of the 20th Century
Closeup of an old photo of Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, taken around the beginning of the 20th Century. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an old photo of Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, taken around the beginning of the 20th Century
Closeup of an old photo of Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, taken around the beginning of the 20th Century. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

City Market

This photo of the City Market in Kansas City was taken sometime around 1906. The clothes, hairstyles, and good for sale are more clearly seen in the closeup I took from the bottom right of the image.

Old photo of the City Market at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Old photo of the City Market at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an old photo of the City Market at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Closeup of an old photo of the City Market at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Kansas City 1906

The same year the photo of the City Market was taken, a panorama image of the city’s skyline was also captured for posterity.

I’ve added a range of closeups of the panorama, so you can see more detail of the street layouts and the buildings at that time.

Old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906
Closeup of an extract from an old panorama photo of Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1906. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Business District 1907

Another image looking across Kansas City’s skyline was captured around 1907. Again, I’ve added closeups so you can see a bit more detail.

An old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907
An old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907
Closeup of an extract from an old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1907. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Kansas City 1915

By 1915, cars had replaced the horses and carts on the roads of Kansas City.

An old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1915
An old photo of the Business District at Kansas City, Missouri, taken around 1915. Thanks to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Kansas City 1903-1915

This collection of old photos of Kansas City take us back to a time when horses and carts waited next to the sidewalk in Grand Avenue, streetcars whizzed down Main Street, and Petticoat Lane was the place to shop.

Eac image is labelled clearly with both the location and date.

Old photos of Kansas city 1903-1915 – oldstuff4all on YouTube

Kansas City in the 1980s

In the summer of 1987, comedy film “The Honey Thief” was made in Kansas City. Filmmakers returned the following summer for their next project, “Peter’s Treasure”.

These shots were recorded on VHS tape as establishing shots, show behind the scenes moments as crews prepare for filming, or some of the action, all with lots of images of the streets, buildings, cars and people of the city at that time.

Footage of Kansas City – 1987 and 1988 – adamstarpictures on YouTube

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