So lucky to get to know my cousin and see how she lives in the Kansas City area.
So much of the westward movement as a result of the Louisiana Purchase.
The museum dedicated to the recovery of the sunken steamboat Arabia from a farm away from the current Mississippi River’s path was one of the best stories we have seen. Back in the 80’s friends and families decided to find it and raise it not knowing that everything on the ship-as much sellable pieces of everything as a “Walmarts Store” was intact and would be salvaged and cleaned into useable items that we could wear, eat off, or build with today. If this story raises your interest go to the museum’s lovely website and see the really good photos and the story-of modern day adventurers. http://www.1856.com
Westlake Killer was big news and I remember the horror of the story of the pediphile who tortured young boys from off the streets. This wagon sits in the Westlake district, which is actually a cool area, but people recognize it because of the weirdo.
In our family we know a bit of the story that my Grandad Greenawalt was kicked out of his home in his 6th grade year, hooked rides to Kansas City and found this Aunt and Uncle and asked if he could pay for a room in their house. When I was a child I met Abe and Versa once, lovely people, and they said Grandad paid for himself from that age on.