Brief History Of Troost Avenue
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Brief History Of Troost Avenue



A brief history of Troost Avenue, historically referred to as the racial dividing line in Kansas City.

A brief history of Troost Avenue, historically referred to as the racial dividing line in Kansas City.



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  • •  TROOST is Dutch for Comforter, ‘Paraclete’. The same root gives us the words: “tree, trust, true.” •  Troost Avenue: former canoe trail of 18th century Osage Nation. •  In 1808, most of the Osage lands were sold to the U.S, including present day Troost Avenue.
  • 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 St. •  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 pasture land
  • 1911 Drawing of 1833 Porter Home The Big House: 2709 Tracy
  • Map of Porter Plantation
  • 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 Common Cornfield
  • 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
  • “Millionaires’ Row”: 1890’s R.W. Hocker: 2425 Troost
  • “Millionaire's Row” (cont): 1890s Dr. Flavel & Mrs. Tiffany: 2457 Troost
  • “Millionaire's Row” (cont): 1890s F. L. Kaufman: 2817 Troost
  • “Millionaire’s Row” (cont): 1890s W. J. Smith: 3000 Troost
  • 3100 block of Troost: 1890 Home of L.V. Harkness (richest man in KC) in foreground; Home of Webster Withers in background
  • 3101 Troost: 1890 Residence of Webster Withers
  • Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1916 Paul L. Westover Bldg; 2nd Church of Christ Science
  • Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1926 Price’s Candies; Isis Theater; 2nd Church/Christ Science (looking north)
  • Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1929 Price’s Candies; Isis Theater (looking south)
  • 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
  • References 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, OK. Cornfield. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from Missouri Fruit Orchard. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from Missouri Grazing. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from leunenfarms/Photo%20Gallery.htm 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: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. George Caleb Bingham, American, Mary Ann Troost, ca. 1859. theme=American