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Circa 1985
Wathena Main Street, Wathena Kansas

Numerous taverns line the street:
Jacks, Jellys, The Keg, The Place to name a few






102 RIVER
East of St Joseph





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Circa 1938-2013
AMELIA EARHART BRIDGE
Missouri River
Atchison Kansas

The Amelia Earhart bridge was built in 1938
It spanned across the river from Missouri to Kansas
On October 9, 2013, the old bridge was imploded
The implosion took a few seconds to bring down the steel structure of the bridge
Several other implosions followed removing the bridge piers
A new four-lane bridge had been built to replace the old bridge
The new bridge is called the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge
The new bridge opened to the public in December 2013




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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 #1 - Advertisement for lake, cabins and dance hall
Photo #2 - Crystal Ballroom advertisement
Photo #3 - Boat docks and swimmers at Bean Lake
Photo #4 - Lakeside cottages
Photo #5 - Bean Lake grocery store
Photo #6 - 1945 aerial view of Bean Lake
Photo #7 - Merrill's Camp Cabins around 1910




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Circa 1930's
BIG RED APPLE
US 36 Highway
Wathena, Kansas

It was built in the 1930s in Wathena, Kansas
This was owned by Hunt Brothers Apple Orchard and was located on US 36
It had every convenience for the traveling public
Camping grounds, gasoline service, restrooms, refreshments, courteous attendants, novel roof garden and adjoining dance floor
It burned down in the 1940s, the structure no longer exists






BROWNING LAKE

This lake was created when they changed the river channel after the 1952 flood
The photo is a Google Map






CAMP MARVIN HILLYARD
9501 SE Hillyard Rd
Easton, MO

The old tradition of camping is kept alive by the YMCA at Camp Marvin Hillyard
Kids have a full schedule to keep them active, busy, and healthy
Some of the activities include archery, horseback riding, arts and crafts, swimming, and of course, camp fires
The staff focuses on outdoor skills that kids can take with them outside of camp
Financial aid is available for kids who want to participate in the camp but can't due to financial reasons





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CORBY MILL
102 River

Corby Mill was one of the 1st mills in the St Joseph area
It once stood on the 102 river, just east of Frederick Avenue and Riverside Road






Circa 1967
EASTON DEPOT
EASTON, MO

1967 photo of the Easton depot






FARRIS TRUCK STOP & RESTAURANT
Faucett, MO







FERRIS WHEEL RESTAURANT
Savannah, MO





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Circa 1830's-1850's
FRENCH BOTTOMS &
RIVERSIDE SCHOOL

The northern portion of the French Bottoms was settled first, in the 1830s-50's

The settlers were French-born and/or descendants of earlier French settlers

In 1877 most of the land that now comprises the airport was located on a river bank on what was called "made land"

This land had been formed by river deposits

The French Bottoms at one time contained sixty houses, one church, and two schools

The rich river bottom land, totaling approximately five thousand acres was traditionally used for farming

Some of the descendants of the early French settlers still lived in the bottoms in 1939

In 1939, the area was razed to make way for the airport

What we call the French Bottoms is now located across the Missouri River from the St Joe Casino

Located near Rosecrans Airport, the area was cut off from St Joseph when the Missouri River channel was changed in 1952

Riverside Elementary school was once located in the heart of the French Bottoms

Students were sent to Humboldt when the school closed in the early 1950's

Photo #1 - Map showing the French Bottoms prior to the MO river channel rerouting
Photo #2 - 1945 aerial photo of the French Bottoms
Photo #3 - Riverside School
Photo #4 - Riverside School with children playing on a swing set
Photo #5 - Riverside School teacher
Photo #6 - Riverside School
Photo #7 - St Joseph News-Press article about sale of the property
Photo #8 - Players on the French Bottoms Baseball Team
Photo #9 - Players on the French Bottoms Baseball Team
Photo #10 - A garage in the French Bottoms
Photo #11 - St Joseph Gazette map showing location




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HILLTOP CLUB
ATCHISON, KANSAS

This was the new Hilltop Club 4 miles southwest of Atchison, Kansas on highway 59
The original was destroyed by fire
The Hilltop Club was a very popular dance club for young people in the 1960's
I have no idea when it finally closed permanently




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IATAN 1 & IATAN 2 POWER PLANTS
Platte County

Iatan 1 and Iatan 2 coal-fired power stations for Kansas City Power & Light
Iatan is the largest coal fired generating plant in Missouri
The Iatan 1 plant which opened in 1980 has a 651 megawatt capacity
The Iatan 2 plant opened in 2010 and can generate 850 Megawatts with a capacity to burn 494 tons of coal per hour
Photo #1 is Iatan 1 and photo #2 is Iatan 2




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JACK'S AND JELLY'S TAVERNS
Wathena Kansas

The current Palace I believe was Jack's and the one in photo #2 was Jelly's
In the 1950's & 1960's, both were big hangouts for St Joseph College students






Circa 1910
PICKING STRAWBERRIES IN WATHENA

This is a 1910 postcard
I remember picking strawberries somewhere with my father as a youngster






PIZZA HUT
36 DINER
Wathena, Kansas

Once a Pizza Hut Restaurant is restaurant called 36 DINER
A very good place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner




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Circa 1967
PONY EXPRESS DRAGWAY

This was a short lived drag strip located 10 miles west of St Joseph on US 36 near Troy Kansas
It seemed very popular but for some reason it did not last very long
I do remember that Ron Davis was the announcer




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Circa 1966
PONY EXPRESS LAKE
OSBORN, MO

Acquisition of land for Pony Express Conservation Area began in 1961. The Conservation Department has purchased additional tracts since then. The area includes 240-acre Pony Express Lake, which was opened to public fishing on January 1, 1966.
Photos # 3 thru 7 - Rick Drozd and his fiance Pam Hopkins
Photo #1 - Circa 2017
Photo #2 - Circa 2017
Photo #3 - Circa 1966
Photo #4 - Circa 1966
Photo #5 - Circa 1966
Photo #6 - Circa 1966
Photo #7 - Circa 1966






PONY EXPRESS STATUE IN KANSAS
Circa: unknown







SAVANNAH PARADE
Savannah, MO

Savannah was founded in 1841 as the intended seat of the new Andrew County
It was originally named Union




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Circa 1939
SAVANNAH POST OFFICE
SAVANNAH, MO

1912 photo of the Saxton Apple Market in Saxton Mo
Saxton is almost 10 miles southeast of St Joseph




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SAVANNAH SPEEDWAY
STOCK CAR RACES
Savannah, MO

The track was a 1/4 mile semi banked dirt oval
Races were held on Saturday nights
CLASSES: SPRINTS, IMCA MODIFIEDS, IMCA HOBBY STOCKS, SPORTSMEN, CHARGERS, STREET STOCKS & 2 MAN CRUISERS
The track closed down in 2004 and is highly missed by many people

Photo #1 - Entrance sign visible from US 71 Highway
Photo #2 - Stock car racing in action
Photo #3 - 1983 Savannah Speedway advertisement
Photo #4 - 1995 race program
Photo #5 - 1954 newspaper advertisement
Photo #6 - 1952 racing action photo
Photo #7 - 1952 racing action photo






Circa 1912
SAXTON APPLE MARKET
SAXTON, MO

1912 photo of the Saxton Apple Market in Saxton Mo
Saxton is almost 10 miles southeast of St Joseph






SILVER LAKE
6 MILES EAST ON OLD US 36

Dine, Dance, Swim, Picnic Areas and Modern Cabins
I don't believe this still exists






SKYLINE MOTEL
ELWOOD KANSAS





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SQUAW CREEK
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located near Mound City MO
The refuge was established August 23, 1935 as a refuge feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife
The refuge is 30 miles northwest of St. Joseph, Missouri






THE PLACE
WATHENA KANSAS

Jack's Tavern used to be near to The Place




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