Eyewitness

Time capsule: Picture day at Benjamin Franklin school

Oct. 29, 1889

It was photo day at the Benjamin Franklin school at 14th and Washington in downtown Kansas City. Children from the wealthy Quality Hill section of the city spent their days inside, as the school lacked a playground.

The original school, built in 1869, stood until a replacement was built in 1900. In 1936, land was purchased for a playground. The school had only 70 students when it was shuttered in 1973.

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