Koch’s birdseye map of Kansas City, Missouri (1895)

Birdseye map of Kansas City by Koch – 1895

US40 #29 KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Birdseye Map, 1895, Koch)
Birdseye map of Kansas City by Koch – 1895 image detail
Date: 1895
Author: Koch
Dwnld: Full Size (19mb)
Source: Library of Congress
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This map is part of a series depicting the 40 largest cities in the United States (as ranked by CBSA). This series will run through the month of July.

When you see a map as beautiful as this Kansas City, Missouri [gmap] birdseye in such rough shape, it really hurts the heart.

This late-century Koch is singular in its composition and color -- I can't think of another like it. The site's other K.C. birdseye map is a handsome one; but this one borders on "amazing". It's so sad to see it in this tattered and hopeless and neglected state.

Speaking of the Royals: it did occur to me that the destruction of this beautiful map might in some way be karmic blowback from Don Denkinger. But upon reflection, that's a stretch.

(Just joshin', guys. It's like Tupac said... I Ain't Mad at Cha. Y'all got some good fans, and you deserve to have a contender.)

User  disgruntledNarwhal  over on Reddit tells me that this map depicts the area of K.C. known as the West Bottoms [gmap]. One of my favorite parts about running this blog is the chance to learn from folks about their 'hood; so I thank you for that.

For more map resources and imagery from this period in Kansas City's history, check out the State Historical Society of Missouri's website.

Birdseye map of Kansas City by Koch – 1895 wide thumbnail image