Saturday, September 12, 2009

More Downtown KC

Took another sojourn thru the downtown area... northwest side of town along 8th Street mostly. The old Garment District... buildings from the 1880s and early 1900s. The first two shots show the New England building.

Thayer Place
State Street Building.... beautifully landscaped. Next eight shots.

Eight Street... lofts and offices. The entrance to the 8th Street Tunnel was in that green patch just ahead of where I'm standing. The tunnel ran down to the West Bottoms to provide quicker access to that area and the Union Depot which was still located there prior to Union Station's completion in 1914.

Entrance to the Garment District Museum.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Scarritt Point Rainy Day

The skyline was barely visible through the mist and rain.Took a walk in the rain Wednesday... me, umbrella, camera bag, camera... awkward to say the least. Walked along Scarritt Point just west of the Kansas City Museum/Corinthian Hall. Very foggy, cloudy and wet... but worth the effort because I wasn't alone.

I saw at least six deer and the two turkeys below. I spotted a wild turkey earlier this summer but didn't have a camera with me. Luckily, these two were willing to pose... until they saw me that is.

Below, two does and a fawn. The larger doe was not happy at all to see me. She snorted almost continuously before heading into the woods on the left... the others in tow.

First signs of autumn. The trees are just beginning to change. Should be a beautiful fall.

Kind of a homely bird.... at least they taste good.

Three critters one shot.

Top of the Falls To Ya - Addendum

Here is what "Scarritt Springs" looked like. It was abandoned at the same time the Cliff Drive Springs was due to contamination of the spring water. What is left of it is located directly below the Waterfall talked about below.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Top of the Falls to Ya

The falls along Cliff Drive were complete in 1989 and dedicated to Carl DiCapo. Today I decided to visit the falls top and bottom. This water feautre occupies the spot where the Cliff Drive Spring was located. Prior to it's closing in the late 50s many people visited it weekly to fill up jugs with spring water for the rest of the week. Or you could just stick your head under the spigot for a refreshing drink while on a hike.
The view from the top includes the East Bottoms Rail Yard and the horizon.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Downtown Looking Up, Mostly

Old signage. "Hotel Bray" "Fireproof" "Rooms $1.50" (I think on that last one.)
Took a brief walk downtown on Saturday. I like the contrast in architecture. City Center Square on the left, Mark Twain Tower on the right.
Brookfield Building looks completely deserted.
Spoon, Barney Allis Plaza.
Few vines left for the trellis.

Library parking on left... condos on right.
Mark Twain Tower.
Tapestry of styles.
More old signage. Peck's Drygood Store...

Library parking.
Floral alleyway behind condos. Alley is between Baltimore and Wyandotte.
Greening up the alley.
Mark Twain Tower entrance.
Mark Twain Tower facade.