- Kansas City Journal-Post
The Kansas City Journal-Post was a
newspaperin Kansas City, Missourifrom 1854 to 1942 which was the oldest newspaper in the city when it folded.
It started as a weekly "The Kansas City Enterprise" on September 23, 1854, a year after the city's founding and shortly after the "The Public Ledger" had folded. Kansas City's first Mayor
William S. Gregoryand future mayors Milton J. Payneand E. Milton McGeealong with city fathers William Gillis, Benoist Troost, Thompson McDaniel, Robert Campbelland Kansas City's first bank and biggest store Northrup and Chick pooled $1,000 to start it. William A. Strongwas its first editor and David K. Abeelwas the first publisher. It operated above a tavern at Main Street and the Missouri River in the River Marketneighborhood.
In 1855, Strong enlisted another future mayor
Robert T. Van Hornto take over the paper. Van Horn bought it for $250 and retained Abeel as publisher.
In 1857 it became "The Western Journal of Commerce" and in 1858 it became "The Kansas City Daily Western Journal of Commerce".
During the lead up to the
American Civil Warthe paper was to espouse the popular Missouri view that the status quo should not be disrupted. Missouri should remain in the Union and remain a slave state. When the war erupted Van Horn enlisted in the Union Army and the paper became staunchly Republican.
The paper was to actively encourage city fathers to invest to get the
Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroadto build the first bridge across the Missouri River at Kansas City. The construction of the Hannibal Bridgein 1869 was to make Kansas City the dominant city in the region.
William Rockhill Nelsonstarted The Kansas City Starwhich would become the Journal-Post's primary competitor.
In 1896 Van Horn sold the paper to
Charles S. Gleedand Hal Gaylordwho renamed it "The Kansas City Journal".
Fuller Brookerfounded The Kansas City Post proclaiming in its first issue:
:It will be our purpose in politics to avoid participation in factional disputes and personal quarrels, and seek the general welfare of the Democratic party as a whole, and that only.
Denver Postpublisher Frederick Gilmer Bonfilsand Harry Tammenbought the Post with J. Ogden Armourbeing the silent partner. [ [http://www.dnr.missouri.gov/shpo/nps-nr/84002568.pdf Bonfils Building, 1200 Grand, National Register Application - July 1982] ] The Post with its tabloidformat, red headlines and yellow journalismwas to tie its star to the rise of the Tom Pendergastpolitical machine.
Walter Dickeybought the Journal. He bought the Post in 1922 and combined their operations and 22nd and Oak. Dickey poured money into the papers to compete with the Star ultimately bankrupting his own lucrative clay pipe manufacturing company. The papers combined as "The Kansas City Journal-Post" on October 4, 1928.
Dickey died in 1931 and his home was to become the first building at what would become the
University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In 1938 with the beginning of the collapse of the Pendergast machine, the paper jetisoned the Post name and became "The Kansas City Journal". Also in 1938 Journal photographer
Jack Wallyran an undercoverphoto expose of gambling houses under Pendergast that ran in Life Magazine.
The paper's last publication was on
March 31, 1942. The paper's demise spelled the end of the last daily compeition to the Star.
* [http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col/journalpost/jp-intro.htm UMKC.edu history of paper]
* [http://www.vintagekansascity.com/100yearsago 100-Year-Old Weblog of the Kansas City Journal]
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