Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ghost Towns In Kansas City -- Waukomis Rd. and Nashua, Missouri

Small Communities Swallowed by an Imperial City
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From Wikipedia....
or, more specifically, on annexation



The 1960s were marked by a period of many projects coupled with the rapid urban decay of many inner city neighborhoods. During this period, many historic buildings were demolished to make way for parking lots, and office buildings. The area became primarily for business rather than for everyday city life.
During this inner city decay, Kansas City began to annex land and expand its area. In the process, Kansas City eventually became one of the largest cities in the United States area-wise at 318 square miles (824 km2), while its population decreased by 15,000 from 1950-2000. It is still not uncommon to find cattle and corn fields on the extreme edges of Kansas City. Kansas City in 2000 ranked 21st in the United States in terms of area while #40 in terms of the list of United States cities by population.

In areas within the city limits of Kansas City, you can see small pockets where there was an older community that got swallowed up by the expanding city.

My nephew, Matt, and I took advantage of a summer evening to explore such an area.  First, we stopped off at the Price Rite Market on Waukomis drive...

It is nice to see a small locally owned little grocery market.
We then moved on to an area called nashua, in the farthest reaches of the northern city limits of Kansas City, Missouri.

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There is a mention here, of the town of Nashua

Also here is a mention of it online...


Nashua (elevation 1010 feet)
Nashua is six and one-half miles south of Smithville, on the Kansas City, Quincy and Omaha R. R. (--Williams, p. 363.)It is situated at Sec. 23, Twp. 52 N, R. 32 W, at the junction of 168 & By-pass 71.It is a part of Kansas City.
I think you can tell this mailbox belongs to the fire department...

The second general store of the day on our trip is here in Nashua.

There is an old radio station building that used to have the letters KCMO on it back in the 70's.  We used to drive to the commissary at Fort Leavenworth, and, at the time, the only way was to take Cookingham Road as 435 wasn't completed.  We would always pass by the old art deco building that had the KCMO call letters on it.

I've found another mention of Nashua here....

Here is something I found from Kansas City on Nashua, which is interesting....


There are the remains of a downtown area and the core of Nashua.

The modern streamlined design of this old radio station places it sometime in the 1930's to 1950's.  I'm not finding any information online about this building.

I did a search on the fcc registration on this sign to get clues on the history of this building...



Feral Ferret said...

The radio building used to belong to KCMO-AM. It now belongs to WHB-AM. The two stations did a license swap several years back. The FCC used to require AM radio stations with a directional antenna array to have on premise licensed operators. This ended in the 60's when remote control technology advanced enough for the FCC to be comfortable with directional stations using it. The building would have had studios, a transmitter control room and transmitting equipment. It also likely had a dormitory for the transmitter operators/engineers. I used to be chief engineer for KGNC-AM in Amarillo, TX. Their transmitter array was designed by the same consulting engineer that designed the original setup at WHB (now KCMO). Both are on 710 Khz and have almost identical antenna arrays. Directional antenna arrays for AM broadcast were a new thing in the late 40's and early 50's, so your guess as to the age of the building is likely real close.

Stella Svoboda said...

Thank you. I was always curious about that complex. Very good information...

Anonymous said...

I was an engineer for KCMO from 1969 to 1974. A junior engineer on the evening shift, one of my responsibilities was to drive to the transmitter located in Nashua to change the AM transmitting antenna array from omni-directional feed during daytime to the nighttime directional feed to avoid interference with other clear channel transmitters in the same band. The transmitter building did not have personnel during the period and was controlled from the studio and business office off Main.

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