History of Longview Farm Park


Longview Farm now remains as an indication of a past period, while it has confronted and is still confronting numerous trials during its time long history. This arrangement will analyze a couple of those trials, yet will concentrate for the most part on the historical backdrop of the numerous structures on the homestead.

Longview Farm Park

Before presenting the ranch, I feel it is important to recognize everything that made this arrangement conceivable. Because of digitization endeavors by the Library of Congress, an extensive store of research materials could be found on the web, for the most part, the whole Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) passage on Longview Farm led in 1978. The HABS review contains engineering illustrations, high contrast photos, sharing photos, for example, the one above, short composed passages, and vintage photos. Extra online associates incorporated the chronicles of The Kansas City Star daily paper for articles since 1990, and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) designation frame for Longview.

Overview of Longview Farm’s History:

The historical backdrop of Longview Farm can be isolated into four unmistakable times: The R.A. Long Era, The Loula Combs Era, Deterioration, and The David Gale Era.

The R.A. Long Era (1912-1934):

Longview Farm was the national home of timber nobleman R.A. Long, co-proprietor of the Long-Bell Lumber Company. He had an extensive domain in the city known as Corinthian Hall. Today it is otherwise called the Kansas City Museum. As the organization developed, so did Long’s fortune. By 1912, he was prepared to make a getaway in the nation – a place that would soon be known as Longview. One of his little girls, Loula, was known as one of the best horsewomen ever, and Longview would give her an unrivaled place to raise her horses. She would demonstrate horses surprisingly at Madison Square Gardens in 1913 and keep indicating them all through the following 50 years. All through the fall of 1912, Long procured all of 1682 sections of land of land in a region that was a then-three mile past the city furthest reaches of Lee’s Summit from fifteen landowners. This land incorporated its namesake sees, arrive appropriate for fields, and parts of Mouse Creek and Little Blue River.

The Loula Combs Era (1934-1971):

The ranch began its decrease not long after Long’s passing. A significant number of the non-appear (saddlebred) stallions were sold off within a year, and the hoard horse shelters were transformed into dairy stables presently. The changeover operation would not keep going longer, as the hoard stables were pulverized by flame in 1945. The rest of the dairy operation kept going somewhat more, with the dairy closing down its business operations in 1944 preceding closing down any bovine related operation inside and out in 1957.

Deterioration (1971-2001):

Deterioration may not be sufficient. Devastation is likely a more suitable term. After the passing of Loula Combs, the home fell under the control of her late sister’s five developed youngsters. Dissimilar to their mom, who experienced her last a long time at the homestead, these kids had no expectations of living on the ranch. Just a single even lived in the Kansas City range. The year after Loula’s demise, 32 specialists would be left on the ranch’s finance. This is as yet a sizable number, however far not as much as the numbers utilized amid the prime, which vacillated in the vicinity of 175 and 350 representatives.

Author: Aubree Kennedy

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