Eyewitness

Huge crowds at 18th and Grand for KC’s centennial

Crowds at 18th and Grand at the June 3, 1950 centennial parade.
Crowds at 18th and Grand at the June 3, 1950 centennial parade. File photo

This photo vignette from The Star’s collection shows the intersection at 18th Street and Grand Boulevard swarming with people, with a caption saying it was taken after the centennial parade in 1950. In the background, The Kansas City Star’s building is adorned with American flags and bunting.

At the bottom of the vignette is an inset illustration of doughboys — and one woman, a man in a suit and a dog — walking in formation. The image bears no date or caption information, but it’s almost certain this is from June 3, 1950, when Henry W. Johnson, Kansas City police chief, told The Star that attendees at that day’s parade made up “without any doubt the biggest crowd we have ever had here.”

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