US40 #29 KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Birdseye Map, 1895, Koch)
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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.