Category Archives: History

KC Interstate Fairgrounds

KC Times, June 21, 1945 Kansas City Interstate Fairgrounds (1880s) The fairgrounds ran from Thirty-eighth and Penn Streets (nobody called it Pennsylvania Avenue then) west to Roanoke Road and north to Valentine Road. The racetrack was at Thirty-Eighth and Summit, running north. To make this track it had been necessary to grade and fill. That […]

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Bird Mansion

KC Journal Post, May 23, 1937 (Elmhurst is now the location of the Uptown Shoppes. The original wall surrounding the estate still exists.) Stately Home of Late Mrs. Bird in Wrecker’s Hands A wrecking crew this week will start raising the stately home, Elmhurst, of the late Mrs. Annie Byrd. The house stands at the […]

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Valentine Landmark

Valentine Landmark, Norman School, Served Neighborhood Children The Norman School, a major landmark in our neighborhood, is located between Jefferson and Southwest Trafficway at 35th Street. The school opened as a small frame building in 1906 to serve first and second grade children who lived in the newly-built residential districts in the Valentine area. Later […]

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A Valentine Treasure

historical property The Norman School—a Kansas City landmark, a Valentine treasure by Pam Hoelzel The Norman School, a small wood frame building at Jefferson between 35th and 36th Streets, opened its doors to first and second grade students in 1901. While students attended classes in the frame buildings, the west wing of the current stone […]

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Browne’s Deli

Valentine’s Longest-Lasting Business Reveals Neighborhood History Edward Browne has shared this fascinating history of the buildings at the corner of 33rd and Pennsylvania. By Edward Browne In the 1880s, my maternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Dillon Flavin, both from County Kerry, Ireland, purchased a home and established a grocery store in the 2700 block of Jefferson […]

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When Valentine was just a Farm

The original “owner” of Valentine was Allen B.H.McGee, son of one of the founders of Kansas City. McGee bought 160 acres from Richard W. Cummins in 1833. Cummins obtained the land by patent,according to local historian Lyle Kennedy, who also provides many of the following details of what happened to the land over the next […]

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Valentine Neighborhood Association

Promoting Our Neighborhood Through Advocacy, Safety Initiatives and Community Events.