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Circa 1910
BEAN LAKE
US Highway 45

This lake was formed in 1850 when the Missouri river changed it course
It was named at that time Short Creek Lake
In the 1870s the bean shaped lake was renamed Bean Lake
Bean Lake was once a very popular swimming and boating area
The lake has a surface of 400 acres
Bean Lake is 30 miles south of St Joseph on US Highway 45

Photo - 1945 aerial view of Bean Lake




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AERIAL VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN & WATERFRONT

Photo #1 - 1900 St Joseph waterfront
Photo #2 - 1900 North 3rd to North 5th Streets





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AERIAL VIEWS OF STOCK YARDS & PACKING HOUSES

Photo #1 - 1945 aerial photo of the stockyards & packing houses
Photo #2 - 1943 aerial photo of Armour & Swift packing houses







AERIAL VIEW OF KING HILL PLAZA
7000 King Hill Avenue

King Hill Plaza contains Kovac Supermarket, Pizza Hut, a bowling alley and other retail businesses

Photo - 1976 newpaper photo of King Hill Plaza




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Circa 1895-1943
AERIAL VIEWS OF KELSEY NURSERIES
Lake & Alabama
(US 59 Highway & Alabama)

Kelsey Nursery Company, (G.L. Welch & Company) from 1895-1943
Kelsey Nurseries no longer exist






Aerial View of Everett School

Aerial view of Everett School






Circa 1910
Aerial View of Benton High School

1910 Aerial view of Benton High School




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1952 AERIAL & OTHER FLOOD PHOTOS


Photo #1 - 1952 photo showing them changing the river channel
Photo #2 - Levy photo
Photo #3 - 1952 flood view from Wyeth Hill
Photo #4 - 1952 flood damage, US HIghway 36 near Elwood
Photo #5 - Cars waiting on a barge to be taken across the flooded Missouri river
Photo #6 - Rosecrans Airfield flooded
Photo #7 - View from the Kansas side
Photo #8 - 1952 Rosecrans Field with 5 feet water - submitted by Michael Miller




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Circa 1927
BIRD-WING COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
Waterworks Road

Bird Wing Commercial Aircraft Corp. was the first of three St Joseph aircraft companies that opened it's doors in 1927.
Bird Wing built planes and gliders. Two other companies, Barling Aircraft Co. and Campbell Aircraft Co. would build planes in St. Joseph for a few years.
Bird Wing manufactured aircraft in the late 1920's and early 1930's
Was located where the old Roscrans field once was, approximately where the St Joseph Casino is now
It's airfield ran parallel to the Waterworks Road, which is visible in one of the above photos
In 1927 the Bird Wing Aircraft Corp. built planes here, but went out of business in the depression.
October 17, 1929 the Ford Reliability Tour sponsored by Henry and Edsel Ford stopped here






Circa 1940-1950
AERIAL VIEW ST JOSEPH LIGHT & POWER

The Light & Power plant no longer exists by the river






ORIGINAL CITY MAP

This is the orginal street map of St Joseph Missouri






Circa 1918
MAP OF ST JOSEPH PARKWAY SYSTEM

The Parkway System was developed in 1918 by architect George Burnap
St Joseph was one of the first cities in the U.S. to develop such a parkway system

In 1995, our Parkway System was placed on the National Register of Historic Places

The St. Joseph Park and Parkway System is a connected group of parks and park system drives, running generally north/south from Krug Park on the north to Hyde Park on the south

The Parkway System winds through St Joseph for a total 26 miles of roadway

The distance from Krug Park to Hyde Park is 18.68 miles

It's a beautiful drive from one end of the city to the other end as it winds and snakes over the hills and past some residential areas

The Parkway system connects many parks and recreation areas throughout the city

The city is currently building and has built numerous walking/biking trails that parallel the Parkway. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails




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Circa 1900
AERIAL VIEWS OF ST JOSEPH RIVERFRONT

St Joseph riverfront photos taken from 1900 to 1950's






Circa 1888
B. F. HERR DRY GOODS
715-717 Felix

B.F. Herr Dry Goods was established in the fall of 1888, it was one of the largest department stores of it's time






Aerial Views of Downtown from the top of American National Bank

2 different views






Circa 1873
Aerial View of St Joseph & Grand Island Railroad Bridge

Old photo with bridge swung open






Circa 1873
Aerial View of St Joseph & Grand Island Railroad Bridge

Old photo with bridge swung open






Circa 1873
Aerial View of St Joseph & Grand Island Railroad Bridge

ST JOSEPH & GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE






Aerial View of City Hall

Built in 1926 - 11th & Jules Street






Aerial View of City Hall

Built in 1926 - 11th & Jules Street






Aerial View of City Hall

Built in 1926 - 11th & Jules Street






Aerial View of Wood Manufacturing, Southeast corner of 3rd & Jules

Circa 1891 - WOOD MANUFACTURING COMPANY - X marks it on the Aerial view






Aerial View of Wire Rope Corporation

609 North 2nd Street - closed St Joseph Plant in 2017






Aerial View of Wire Rope Corporation

609 North 2nd Street - closed St Joseph Plant in 2017






Circa 1963
Aerial View of Whitaker Cable

This was their latest plant at 3501 Leonard Road






Circa 1940s
Aerial View of Westab

Westab complex in the center of the photo






Circa 1956
Aerial View of Western Tablet

11th & Mitchell Avenue






AERIAL VIEW OF TRIUMPH FOODS
5302 Stockyards Expressway

Triumph Foods (formerly known as Premium Pork) is a pork processing business






Circa 1943
AERIAL VIEW SWIFT PACKING COMPANY

Taken back when stockyards were in full operation
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AERIAL VIEW OF ARMOUR & SWIFT PACKING COMPANY

Taken back when stockyards were in full operation
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STOCKYARD PENS AND SWIFT PACKING COMPANY

Taken back when stockyards were in full operation
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AERIAL VIEW OF SOUTH ST JOSEPH FROM KING HILL

Taken back when stockyards were in full operation
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AERIAL VIEW OF SOUTH ST JOSEPH FROM KING HILL

The stockyards no longer exist, just flat ground
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Circa 1953
AERIAL VIEW THE STOCKYARDS

The stockyards no longer exist
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Circa 1943
AERIAL VIEW THE ARMOUR PLANT IN THE STOCKYARDS

The plant no longer exists
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Circa 1959
ANCHOR SERUM
PHILLIPS ROXANE
BOEHRINGER-INGELHEIM
2621 North Belt

Originally Anchor Serum, in 1959 it became Phillips Roxane

It is located on the southeast corner of Belt & Gene Field Road

It is currently Boehringer-Ingelheim, now one of the city's largest employers

They are constantly expanding, adding new structures and parking lots

Notes for photo #4: (better copy of #3)
The 1st Pizza Hut in St Joseph visible bottom right
Derby service station lights visible bottom left, building hiding structure
The Derby station no longer exists

Photo #1 - 1966 newspaper aerial photo
Photo #2 - 1977 aerial photo of Phillips Roxane
Photo #3 - an old aerial photo of Anchor Serum
Photo #4 - 1966 aerial photo of Anchor Serum






AERIAL VIEW OF NORTH ST JOSEPH
Circa: 1970s

The hill at the bottom of the photo was created by I-229 construction, and is just to the south of the overpass over Prospect Avenue, near that Pony Express rock mural in the grass. Notice from the bottom right to the top left where buildings have been removed. That was where the St. Joseph Avenue extension to I-229 now exists. You can also see the southern beginning of Maple Leaf Boulevard as it bends to the right off 4th Street at the top of the photo.
The above description was provided by Mark Robreau






AERIAL VIEW OF NOYES BOULEVARD, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, MOILA AND HOME OF LITTLE WANDERERS

This is an aerial view looking north centering on Noyes Blvd. Noyes Boulevard is the street in front of the school that is lined with Elm trees. Christian Brothers High School, Moila and Home of Little Wanderers are visible.




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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
CIRCA 1940'S

Photo #1 is an overview looking Southwest. It is centered on the Corby Pond area
Photo #2 is a view of the Corby Pond and the Parkway intersection






AERIAL VIEW OF INDUSTRIAL CITY
Circa 1945

Savannah Road zigs and zags up the center of the photo
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1888 AERIAL VIEW FROM PROSPECT HILL
St Joseph Riverfront

This is a 1888 St Joseph News-Press newspaper photo of the riverfront
This photograph was taken in 1888 when the News-Press was 9 years old
The white one story building (with visible windows) in the center is the Francis Street Depot






AERIAL VIEW OF ST JOSEPH AVENUE
Circa: 1954

This is a 1954 St Joseph-Newspress newspaper photo of St Joseph Avenue
The old car barns are visible on the center left




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Aerial view - 1939 Aerial of downtown area




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Aerial view - Looking Southwest overlooking downtown




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Aerial view - Looking north towards Prospect Hill




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Aerial view - 1910-1920's looking west from 10th & Edmond




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1920 downtown map




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Aerial view of downtown - Aerial centered over old Post Office & St Joseph News-Press




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Aerial view of downtown - Aerial centered over Light & Power




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Aerial view of downtown - Central Fire station seen in top center




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Aerial view of downtown - Centered on 8th & Frederick Avenue




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Aerial Views
10th to 11th & Frederick Avenue

Most buildings in these photos are now gone with Urban Renewal
The old YMCA can be seen at the far right side
The aerial photo was taken before Urban Renewal

Photo #1 - Pony Express Statue and a few buildings in the 900 block of Frederick
Photo #2 - A new Hardees now occupied this entire area
Photo #4 - YMCA and First Christian Church at 10th & Faraon
Photo #7 - Sammy's Drug Store - now a small park at this location
Photo #8 - Aerial view of the area
Photo #9 - Looking east on Frederick at 10th Street




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Aerial view of downtown (Postcard)




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Circa 1911
Aerial view of downtown (Postcard)




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Panaramic Aerial view looking west towards river




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Circa 1950
Aerial view of downtown




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Circa 1961
Aerial view of downtown




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Aerial view of downtown (postcard)




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Aerial view of downtown (Postcard)




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Aerial view of downtown




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Aerial view of downtown




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Circa 1966
Aerial view of downtown




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Circa 1954
Aerial view of downtown




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Circa 1936
Aerial view of downtown




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Circa 1890
Aerial view of downtown






Circa 1970s
Aerial view of North St Joseph






Circa 1990
AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & Ashland Avenue

1990 photograph of aerial view of where Ashland Avenue meets the Belt Highway






Circa 1959
AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & Frederick Avenue

The city limits had just been extended to the Belt Highway in 1959 due to annexation
In 1959, 10,000 cars per day passed through this intersection
This aerial view shows the US Highway 36 (Frederick Avenue) and US Highway 71 (Belt Highway) intersection looking eastward






Circa 1963
AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & Frederick Avenue

This aerial view shows the US Highway 36 (Frederick Avenue) and US Highway 71 (Belt Highway) intersection looking south






AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & North US 169 Exit

This aerial view shows the US Highway 71 (Which is now also called the Belt Highway), "Y" Motel, Missouri Highway Department building, Missouri Highway Patrol & the US 169 exit






AERIAL VIEW OF EAST SIDE AIRFIELD
North of old US36

This was a private airfield that was located north of Flinchpaugh's on old US Highway 36 (Frederick Avenue)
The airfield no longer exists






Circa 1950's
AERIAL VIEW
Old US 36 Highway

Aerial view of the old US 36 Highway a short distance from the North Belt Highway
US 36 highway has now been renamed to US 6
Flinchpaugh's Reptile Gardens and a couple gas stations are visible in the photo, it was located a short distance east of the US 71 and US 36 intersection
The water tower on North US 71 (North Belt Highway) is also visible in the distance



RE-ROUTING OF OLD US 36

Prior to the 1960's, people traveling on US 36 East from the Kansas side usually traveled through downtown St Joseph on US 36 Business Route
After zig zagging through town to Frederick Avenue, they would continue east on Frederick Avenue to the Highway 71 Junction
(Of course, if they knew their way through St Joseph, they could also take Messanie or Mitchell Avenue to Highway 71)
Once at US 71, if they wanted to go to Kansas City or Savannah, they could take Highway 71 at the junction of US 71 & US 36
If they continued east on old US 36, a two lane highway with many hills and curves (10 mile curve was a doozy) they would end up at US 31 about 13 miles away. You would turn south and US 36 East continued about 1/4 mile south of this junction
As the city expanded, this area became better known as Frederick Avenue and the highway was renamed to US 6 Highway
When the new Highway US 36 was constructed at the bridge, the new US 36 was a 4 lane highway and it took a fairly straight path across St Joseph
The State of Mo also built a new US 36 4 lane highway from St Joseph to US 31 where it connected into US 36 thus eliminating the many hills and curves
The new highway also eliminated the need to travel through downtown St Joseph, thus eliminating a lot of traffic through downtown






Circa: 1962
AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & Frederick

When most of us were cruising the Belt in 1962, you would see Cool Crest, Budget Inn, Snow White, Pony Express Motel, State Hospital #2. Skateland, Army Reserve Building, Moila Golf Course, Kroger or Gibson's Discount Center
Bishop LeBlonde High School and track is right there among them all
The Farber Farm is visible on the south side of Frederick, this would later become Commerce Bank
Gibson's Discount Center moved into the Kroger building in the early 1960's
I got a job at Gibson's during my high school Christmas vacation pricing Christmas ornaments with a magic marker for 50 cents per hour
Terry McGinnis thinks Central High School is in the far distance at top middle
Can anyone add any more??
The photo was submitted by Terry McGinnis






Circa: 1962
AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & Frederick

Snow White and Phillips 66 Service station visible. The Belt Highway was 4 lanes at this time





Circa: Pre-1961
AERIAL VIEW
North Belt Highway & Frederick

This is a cropped section of the photo below
The photo was taken sometime before 1961
I have marked some locations that I recognize
This is an aerial view of the Belt Highway (Highway 71) and US 36 Highway
Known points of interest from left to right: Skateland, Krogers Grocery, MFA Feed, Bill & Jim's 66 Service, Snow White, Pony Express Motel
The Farber farm as seen in the bottom left would later become Commerce Bank
Original photo was taken by Phil Okonski's father
The photo was submitted by Phil Okonski





Circa: Pre-1961
AERIAL VIEW
Looking North from Faraon

This is a great photo taken sometime before 1961
East Hills would later be built in the pasture behind the tip of the KFEQ tower
The road on the far right is Woodbine Road. This was a narrow dirt and gravel road. I know this as a fact because my milk truck got buried up the it's axles in the late 1960's and had to be towed out of the mud by Finis Chafen Towing
Today, Woodbine Road is a modern 4 lane street with a speed limit of 40 MPH
Photo was taken by Phil Okonski's father
Photo was submitted by Phil Okonski






Circa: Unknown
AERIAL VIEW
Looking North

Yet another great aerial photo
The exact circa is unknown but seems somewhat recent
North Belt Highay, Woodbine Road and Interstate 29 are visible in this aerial photo
East Hills, Hobby Lobby, Hastings, Hillcrest 4 building & many other current businesses can also be seen






AERIAL VIEW OF I-229 HIGHWAY







AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
CENTERING ON WESTERN TABLET AREA
CIRCA 1940'S

The Western Tablet complex (Westab) is visible in the center of this photo





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AREA
CIRCA 1945

Central High School, the old Municipal swimming pool surrounded by trees, the athletic track and the tennis courts are visible

Sherwood Elementry at 29th & Edmond is visible at the very bottom right

Just to the left of Sherwood the upper playground is visible





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
CIRCA 1940-1950'S

Photo #1 is a very large overview looking northeast
Central High School area is in the center of the photo
State Hospital #2 can be seen above the Central High area

Photo #2 is Central High School, Municipal Swimming pool and Noyes track
Note that the Municpal swimming pool is surrounded by trees

Photo #3 is Sears & Roebuck and the parking lot at 22nd & Messanie

Photo #4 is State Hospital #2, the narrow dirt road below the hospital is Faraon





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST
CIRCA 1940-1950'S

Photo #1 - A very large aerial overview looking to the northwest

Photo #2 - In the top right corner is the State Hospital #2

Photo #3 - Central High School, Municipal Swimming Pool and Noyes track

Mark Twain and Myrtle Miller schools are seen at the bottom of the photo

Photo #4 is Mark Twain and Myrtle Miller schools

Photo #5 is the houses in the Meadow Lane addition at 32nd & Messanie street




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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
CIRCA 1940-1950'S

Photo #1 - Large aerial overview of the midtown area

Photo #2 - Sears & Roebucks, St Peter & Paul Catholic church and Barlett Colored High school

Photo #3 - Barlett Colored High school & St Peter & Paul Catholic church

Photo #4 - Central High School, Municipal Swimming Pool and Noyes Track

Photo #5 - Sears & Roebuck store at 22nd & Messanie





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AERIAL VIEW LOOKING WEST
CIRCA 1960'S

Photo #1 - Large aerial photo looking west from Interstate I-29

The old Highway US 169, which no longer exists, in the top of photo

The railroad overpass which also no longer exists can be seen

Photo #2 is Continental Can Company on Easton Road






AERIAL VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST
FROM 12th & OLIVE STREET
Circa: 1905

The old Everett Grade School at 12th & Olive is visible at bottom left




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