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FELIX STREET - DIVIDES NORTH AND SOUTH 9th STREET
NORTH 9th STREET BEGINS HERE





Circa 1923
ST JOSEPH RAILWAY, LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER
9th & Felix Street

St Joseph Railway, Light,Heat and Power Company advertising Edison Electric Flat Irons and folding baskets for $5.95 at 9th & Felix
Payments of only 50 cents per month added on your electric bill
Their regular building suffered fire damage and the company made this a temporary headquarters






Circa 1930-1940
PLATT-GARDS BUSINESS UNIVERSITY
G.G. THOMPSON WALLPAPER & PAINT
108 North 9th Street




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Circa 1951
TRAIL THEATER
111 North 9th Street

Grand Opening was Friday May 2,1951

Grand Opening Newspaper Advertisement:
Adults 65c Children 14c
First movie shown: Fathers Little Dividend
Starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett , Elizabeth Taylor
Free flowers for the ladies
Radio Broadcst announcing the Grand Opening
Dedication by Mayor Stanley I Dale
Exciting new features of design,safety,comfort and convenience
Plan Now, Be A First Nighter

The Trail Theater is located on North 9th Street, between Felix & Francis
The Trail Theater was the last remaining old theater in full operation
It has since closed it's doors
It had a side exit which led to Mannings Grocery Store parking lot
People parking in Mannings Parking lot during the store's hours caused problems
When it opened in 1951 it was considered one of St Joseph's most modern theaters

The Trail was remodeled in 1960, many of the special lighting effects were altered
The red sidewalk was removed as well as the quarry tile
The Trail was owned by the Dickinson Theaters of Kansas City
The Trail was sold on April 15, 2011 to a local businessman
He is in the process of restoring the theater for multi-purposes
Seating will be cut down and the screen will be saved for movies
Photos #12-24 were taken on June 30, 2014 by Terry Plumb







ZION CHURCH
320 NORTH 9th STREET

Still standing and in use in 2017
Missouri Methodist Hospital was once located across the street






509-511 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex no longer exists






609-611 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex no longer exists, a very large cement parking lot replaced it






613-615 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex still exists






617-619 NORTH 9th STREET

This Duplex still exists






620 NORTH 9th STREET

This building no longer exists, just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






621 NORTH 9th STREET

This building still exists






622 NORTH 9th STREET

This building no longer exists, just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






623-627 NORTH 9th STREET

This building still exists, it now has trees in front of it
It looks much better than this photo now



CHURCH STREET INTERSECTS





638-640 NORTH 9th STREET

This duplex no longer exists, it is now just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone






644-646 NORTH 9th STREET

This duplex no longer exists, it is now just a vacant grassy lot
All houses in this block on west side of street are gone




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WESTERN AUTO
902-908 Felix

A Western Auto store was located on the south side of Felix between 9th & 10th

The city was in need for an off-street parking area for the main library

The city purchased the entire block of buildings, had them removed and created a large parking lot

The parking lot is bounded by 9th-10th Streets and Felix-Edmond Streets
It proved to be a great asset to downtown St Joseph and is used my many

More information about this is available under St Joseph Public Library section further down

Photo #1 - The razing of the Western Auto building by Hasting Wrecking Company
Photo #2 - Western Auto advertisement for the 902 Felix address




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1894 MEIRHOFFER UNDERTAKING
Circa 1894
9th & Felix




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Circa 1940's
ALBERT'S COMPANY
Circa 1955
ALBERT'S APPLIANCE
PLATTE BUSINESS COLLEGE
101 North 9th Street

In the 1940's, Albert's Appliance occupied this building
Photo #2 shows when Platt College occupied this building
Photo #4 view is looking west from 10th Street
Alberts can be seen at the western end of the street
Photo #5 was taken sometime in the 1940's




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Circa 1970's
CITY MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT #1
UPPER LEVEL DEEMED UNSAFE
Circa 2016
MOSIAC PARKING GARAGE

9th & Felix

This is the first of three multi-level, million dollar parking lots constructed after Urban Renewal

It is bounded by 8th-9th Streets and Felix-Francis streets less a small portion belonging to a business as can be seen in photo #2

Note the barred entrance to the upper level in photo #1, the upper level was deemed unsafe and has been closed off almost since it's construction

This parking lot is located at 9th & Felix, across the street from the Trail Theater

Parking is currently allowed in the lower level, it is rarely used by anyone
The city is considering either fixing or removing the top level of the parking lot
In 2016, Mosiac Hospital purchased the parking lot, razed it and is currently rebuilding a multi level parking lot in it's place
It is planned to have several shops in it also

Photo #1 - Looking northwest from 9th & Felix, note the barracade blocking the entrance
Photo #2 - Looking southwest from sidewalk in front of the Trail theater
Photo #3 - 1977 St Joseph News-Press photo, the view is from 9th & Francis



FRANCIS STREET INTERSECTS



MODERN MOTORS USED CARS
900 Francis




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MANNING'S HY-KLAS DRIVE-IN MARKET
910 Francis

Once a very popular grocery store in the heart of downtown St Joseph
Manning's parking lot extended to 9th street along side the Trail Theater
Theater patrons parked in Manning's lot which caused many problems during Manning's store hours
When Manning's was sold and razed, a Taco Bell was constructed on the site






Circa 1953
3 stores, 916-922 Francis
GIBSON'S CAFE
916 Francis
MELODY MUSIC
918 Francis
BELL SYSTEM
922 Francis

These buildings no longer exist



JULES STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1859
JAMES OWEN HOUSE
9th & Jules

James Owen built this house on the corner of 9th & Jules in 1859
The house no longer exists




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Circa 1947
LOG CABIN MINIATURE GOLF COURSE
9th & Jules



FARAON STREET INTERSECTS





Circa 1921
OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL
9th & Faraon



FREDERICK AVENUE INTERSECTS





Aerial View 8th to 10th & Frederick

This is how Frederick Avenue look before Urban Renewal




Five Corners Bar & Grill
901 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal







Best-All Dry Cleaners
903 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Best-All Cleaners can be seen on the lower left in this photo
The building no longer exists
Notice that the Pony Express Statue has not yet been installed




Joseph Marshall Dentist
903½ Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal






Model Supply Shop
905 Frederick Avenue
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Back in the 1950's, I used to buy my model airplanes here
Demolished during Urban Renewal - the building no longer exists
Photo - 1955 St Joseph News-Press advertisement




Quality Sewing Machine Co
907 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal




MELROSE MARKET
CARL'S GOLDEN GLOW BEAUTY SHOP
909 Frederick Avenue
Demolished during Urban Renewal

In the early 1930's, Giuseppe "Joe" Manganaro moved his Italian grocery store from 807 Francis to 909 Frederick Avenue

By the early 1950's, Carl's Golden Glow beauty shop had occupied this location

Information donated by Jeff Soto, Manganaro's great grandson




Ring Side Grill
915 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal




Civic Center News Stand
917 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

This was a very small shop that was jammed from floor to ceiling with new & used magazines, books and newspapers

It was a neat place to browse




Pony Express Barber Shop
907a Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal




New Yorker

New Yorker Cafe & Tavern
923 Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Once located at 923 Frederick
In later years, it moved to Faraon, between 9th & 10th streets, behind Mannings Market
The New Yorker is no longer in business




Downtown

MARSHALL & DUNN GROCERY
9th & Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal




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PLATT'S COMMERCIAL COLLEGE
YWCA
9th & Frederick
9th & Felix
3131 Frederick Ave
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Until Urban Renewal, this collage was located at 9th & Frederick
At one time, the YWCA was also located in this building
This business College moved to the NE corner of 9th & Felix, see photo #4
In 1986, Platt College moved again to 3131 Frederick





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MILLER CHEVROLET & BUICK
901 Jule Street

Located between 9th & 10th streets on Jules Street where it meets Frederick Avenue
This structure once was a Miller Chevrolet dealership in the 1960's
In 1980, it was a Buick dealership
No dealerships occupy the location anymore

Photo #1 - Current view
Photo #2 - 1980 photo of Buick dealership
Photo #3 - Miller Chevrolet
Photo #3 submitted by Brooke Hickman





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GARD BUSINESS UNIVERSITY
514 Francis
9th & Frederick
Demolished during Urban Renewal

Gards was originally at 514 Francis Street in the Pioneer Building

Gard Business University later moved to the SW corner of 9th & Frederick

Urban Renewal removed this entire block of buildings and created a parking lot

The upper level has been deemed unsafe and has been blocked off now for years

The city is still debating what to do about it

Gards was located across 9th Street from the Trail theater

Looking at the photo #2, 9th Street was once a 2 way street



FELIX STREET - DIVIDES NORTH AND SOUTH 9th STREET
SOUTH 9th STREET BEGINS HERE


EDMOND STREET INTERSECTS



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THOMPSON,Brumm & KNEPPER CLINIC
COOK COMPUTERS
902 Edmond

Located on the Souteast corner of 9th & Edmond
After the clinic closed, Cook Computers occupied the building for many years
I don't know if anyone is currently occupying this building

Photo #1 - View from city parking lot
Photo #2 - Old photo when the clinic was in operation
Photo #3 - 1946 ground breaking for the new clinic
Photo #4 - Looking east from 9th & Charles, the buildings on the left were removed for the clinic parking lot




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LOOKING WEST AT 9th & Edmond
Circa 1920's

Circa: 1920's
Looking west on Edmond from 9th Street
The St Joseph News-Press building is seen on the right



CHARLES STREET INTERSECTS



ROSEWELL HOTEL
901 Charles Street







Circa 1932
JOHN HALTER GROCERY
Circa 1947
EASTERDAY FOOD STORE
Circa 1956
BATTERY MAN'S SUPPLY
314 South 9th Street

  • Listed in 1932 as John Halter Grocery
  • Listed in 1947 as Easterday Food Store
  • Listed in 1956 as Battery Man's Supply
  • Just a vacant grassy lot exists today




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    IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
    TWIN SPIRES
    501 South 9th St

    The church is now called Twin Spires
    Photo #2 - 1907 photo of church, school and residence
    Photo #1 donated by Rodney Keyes




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