• TROOST is Dutch for
Comforter, ‘Paraclete’. The same
root gives us the words: “tree,
• Troost Avenue: former
canoe trail of 18th century
• In 1808, most of the Osage
lands were sold to the U.S,
including present day Troost
Dr. Benoist Troost (1786-1859)
First Resident Physician in KC
Founding Father; Dutch Slave Owner
Porter Slave Plantation: 1832-1865
• 365 acre plantation owned by
Rev. James Porter
• 40-100 slaves, including
Simon (bought in 1829), Aunt
Ann, and ‘Fiddlin’ Dick’
• Stretched from 23rd to 31st
Streets, Locust Ave. to Vine
• Big House at 2709 Tracy
• Slave Quarters surrounded
the house in a semi-circle,
west of Tracy
• Forests cleared to become
housing, crops, orchard, and
1911 Drawing of 1833 Porter Home
The Big House: 2709 Tracy
The forests on Porter land
were cleared by the slaves
Missouri Forest 1888
The Porter land, north of 27th Street,
became grazing pasture for livestock
Missouri Pasture Land on Leunen Farm
The Porter cornfield was between
30th - 31st on Troost
The Porter Fruit Orchard was between
27th & 28th, and Forest & Troost
Missouri Fruit Orchard
Water Supply was
Troost Lake (a natural spring)
Troost Lake with Boat House & Boats: 1890
Plantation Became Millionaire’s Row: 1865-1912
2709 Tracy Ave.
• Home of Mrs. W. Ewing Hall (granddaughter of Rev. James
Porter) at former site of “big house”.
• After Civil War, Porter family began to sell lots
• Porter and Hall made a fortune in Real Estate
Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1935
Looking South from 31st and Troost
Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1954
PARADE: KC BLUES (farm team for NY Yankees)
Sponsored by S. Central Business Assn.
Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1955
North view from Woolworth's Building
3101 Troost: TODAY
Friendship Dance: Troost Festival 2006
Overview of Troost (cont)
• Millionaire’s Row: 1865 -1912
• City in a city: 1912 -1950
• Walt Disney: 1920-1922
• Jazz District: 1917-1939
• Immigrant Center: 1912-1950
– Jewish, Greek, Irish, African American
• White Flight: 1950s - 1980s
• Civil Rights: 1954 - 1968
• MLK and Riots: 1968
• Urban Redevelopment: 1968 -1985
• Ghost Town: 1985 – 2000
• Gentrification: 2000 – Present
• Troost Folks: 2004 - Present
• Future: TROOST VILLAGE -
Development without Displacement
DeAngelo, D. (1995) What about kansas city! a historical handbook. Kansas City:
Two Lane Press, Inc.
Photos and Illustrations
Claymore-Osage Indian (2006, May 23). Courtesy of Osage Nation in Pawhuska,
Cornfield. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from http://image02.webshots.com/2/6/91/84/81869184OTdXKJ_fs.jpg
Missouri Fruit Orchard. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from
Missouri Grazing. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from http://www.angelfire.com/mo3/
Missouri Forest. Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.
Missouri Valley Special Collection Room of the Kansas City Public Library.
Articles and photos from The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Journal.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811-1879"
Dr. Benoist Troost, ca. 1859. Weblink: http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/CollectionDatabase.cfm?
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. George Caleb Bingham, American, Mary Ann
Troost, ca. 1859. http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/CollectionDatabase_ImageView.cfm?id=28964
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