This week we go way back — all the way to the 19th century. The only information on this photo from The Star’s archives reads:
Looking East from Southeast Corner 24th and Broadway 1869.
Broadway Boulevard no longer intersects with 24th Street in today’s Kansas City, so this view might as well be from another city.
The Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collection’s website features the Sanborn Map of Kansas City, Vol. 1, 1895-1907. It shows Broadway running straight south to 24th Street and beyond — areas today occupied by Union Station, Liberty Memorial and Penn Valley Park.
If you have time to fall down a rabbit hole, look at all of the library’s online historical maps at www.kchistory.org/index.php. Click on “browse/search” and choose “maps” to get started.