Local author publishes new book about KC Cowtown

Look for a new book about the history about the livestock industry which helped make Kansas City a midwestern trade and agricultural center.

Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales is the latest book by Kansas City attorney and author Edward T. Matheny Jr.

JCHS is selling the book for $25. Order your copy online.

Matheny has published earlier books on Southwest High School, KCPT, the St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and the history of his law firm.

This latest volume is a collaboration between Matheny, Jackson County Historical Society and Woodneath Press, new publishing service developed by the Mid-Continent Public Library.

Look for upcoming events to mark the release of Matheny's book.

Copies will be available from Rainy Day Books and Jackson County Historical Society bookstore.

The Kansas City livestock is attracting new attention.

The Kansas City Library has organized a new exhibit Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards which includes photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

This historical treasure trove chronicles the creation and steady growth of the stockyards in the West Bottoms, across the Kansas River, and into Kansas City, Kansas, over the span of 100 years.

The exhibit is at the Kansas City Central Library.