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Gleed Terrace by Jo Musgrave, March 1977 PDF  | Print |

I had never heard of Gleed Terrace until I moved into the Hyde Park neighborhood. For those of you who don't live in the midtown area, Gleed runs east and west at approximately 37th street between Holmes and Campbell. Unless you're looking for it, you may not notice it; it's only two blocks long. But there's a wealth of history behind this obscure little street.

Gleed is on a slight hill and parallels busier Harrison Parkway. In the eighteen forties, Gleed was a part of the Santa Fe Trail. It still follows the curve the old Westport Road portion of the trail took through Kansas City. Springs once flowed freely in this area. One of the most popular watering holes and campsites for travelers along the Santa Fe Trail was Cave Spring, at the intersection of Campbell and Gleed. In 1831 Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon faith, established a religious boys school at the corner of what is now Charlotte and Gleed. Schoolboys cooled bottles of milk in the fresh spring water until the school was abandoned during the persecution of the Mormon in 1833. For sanitary and safety reasons, Cave Spring was bricked up around 1900.

The street was named after Charles Sumner Gleed, one of the owners of early local newspaper, the Kansas City Journal. Gleed was also the director of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad, and one of the first presidents of the local Bell Telephone system.

Today, imposing turn of the century houses overlook the same path that westward bound pioneers traveled. Cars have long since replaced covered wagons, but Gleed Terrace will always own its unique piece of local history.