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


  • 1. TROOST is Dutch for Comforter, Paraclete. The same root gives us the words: tree, trust, true. Troost Avenue: formercanoe trail of 18th centuryOsage Nation. In 1808, most of the Osagelands were sold to the U.S,including present day TroostAvenue.

2. Dr. Benoist Troost (1786-1859) First Resident Physician in KC Founding Father; Dutch Slave Owner 3. Porter Slave Plantation: 1832-1865 365 acre plantation owned byRev. James Porter 40-100 slaves, includingSimon (bought in 1829), AuntAnn, and Fiddlin Dick Stretched from 23rd to 31stStreets, Locust Ave. to VineSt. Big House at 2709 Tracy Slave Quarters surroundedthe house in a semi-circle,west of Tracy Forests cleared to becomehousing, crops, orchard, andpasture land 4. 1911 Drawing of 1833 Porter Home The Big House: 2709 Tracy 5. Map of Porter Plantation 6. The forests on Porter land were cleared by the slavesMissouri Forest 1888 7. The Porter land, north of 27th Street, became grazing pasture for livestockMissouri Pasture Land on Leunen Farm 8. The Porter cornfield was between30th - 31st on Troost Common Cornfield 9. The Porter Fruit Orchard was between 27th & 28th, and Forest & TroostMissouri Fruit Orchard 10. Water Supply was Troost Lake (a natural spring) Troost Lake with Boat House & Boats: 1890 11. Plantation Became Millionaires Row: 1865-19122709 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 12. Millionaires Row: 1890sR.W. Hocker: 2425 Troost 13. Millionaire's Row (cont): 1890s Dr. Flavel & Mrs. Tiffany: 2457 Troost 14. Millionaire's Row (cont): 1890sF. L. Kaufman: 2817 Troost 15. Millionaires Row (cont): 1890sW. J. Smith: 3000 Troost 16. 3100 block of Troost: 1890 Home of L.V. Harkness (richest man in KC) in foreground;Home of Webster Withers in background 17. 3101 Troost: 1890 Residence of Webster Withers 18. Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1916Paul L. Westover Bldg; 2nd Church of Christ Science 19. Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1926 Prices Candies; Isis Theater; 2nd Church/Christ Science(looking north) 20. Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1929Prices Candies; Isis Theater (looking south) 21. Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1935 Looking South from 31st and Troost 22. Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1954PARADE: KC BLUES (farm team for NY Yankees) Sponsored by S. Central Business Assn. 23. Evolution of 3101 Troost: 1955 North view from Woolworth's Building 24. 3101 Troost: TODAY Friendship Dance: Troost Festival 2006 25. Overview of Troost (cont) Millionaires 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 26. 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 Grazing. Retrieved April 12, 2008 from 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 AnnTroost, ca. 1859. theme=American


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