~ Parkville, Missouri U.S.A. ~


Downtown Parkville Tour from Donald Smith on Vimeo.


~A Video Tour of Parkville~



Entering Downtown Parkville on Hiway 9, West from Kansas City...


Entering Downtown Parkville from the North on Main Street...

Downtown Parkville and a train crossing at the Power Plant Brewery...

Top of Main Street... Downtown Parkville...

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Some of the Shops on the East side of Main Street...
And a few more Shops on the West side...

Then, this was called "A Cherry on Top"... Ice cream and goodies... I liked the bright colors of the storefront and awning...

Now a new owner 'The Sweet Guy' and a drab black awning and buff exterior color...

Looking back down the West side of Main Street...

At the top of Main Street, a French cafe... Cafe des Amis... and a genuine French owner/chef...

Tucked between two Shops, the stairs up to Miniature Golf and Piropos Argentine Restaurant...

Some tourists taking the sun, waiting for the Tour Bus to re-board...

Up the walk to the old Cafe Cedar location, The Art Galleria and the Guitar Studio...

Entrance to the new Antique Mall area...

And an old wagon newly added to the scene...

Entrance to the Cafe Cedar before they Moved... Nice location, wonder why they did?

The Old Mill, they rent this place out for Parties, Dances and Whatever...

Almost all the Shops on Main Street have Antiques... Later they built this new Mall Building with wall to wall Junque...

This new building across from the Antique Mall is mostly shops and offices now...

The same for this new building next to it, a Coffee shop in one corner...

And the new Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar... Have never made it in there to try it out yet...

Heading back out to Main Street...

This was Pancho's Mexican Restaurant when I first moved to Parkville
Then they closed for some time and new owners took over

Pancho's was closed about a year for a complete remodeling... Here it was renamed to "The Blue Agave"... Then it changed hands again and was called "Los Corrales"... And again... another change and it was then the 'Hot Tamale'...

And then another Owner and this time it was called Billy Dee's Mexican Restaurant
I have lost count now but after this it was a Hambuger Joint called Tommy T's

But then in 2012 the Original Owner took over again and once more it is Pancho's

Next door is the "Power Plant Brewery"...Brew Pub and Restaurant in the Old Park College Power House... All open piping and bare brick inside... real cool ambience... And the fish and chips not bad at all...

The latest... the old Power Plant smokestack, a long time landmark... has been removed do to falling tiles. A loss for sure to the Parkville skyline...

The main line of the BNSF Railroad runs between Pancho's and the Power Plant Brewery... With about 65 trains a day going past, almost every tine I have been in either place you can feel the train go by... Special fun in the passenger car dining room of the Mexican place...

And then in 1999 a coal train jumped the track, here almost taking out the Power Plant Brewery...

And got awful close to Pancho's there to the left... The derailment did completly demolish a little store on the opposite side from the Brewery however...


A video from "Once Upon a time in Parkville"
And then Papa Frank's Ristorante... It was up on Hiway 45 (Tom Watson Parkway) then moved to this former warehouse type building... Ate there a few times, later they closed and it was re-opened as 'The Skillet"... fish and chicken place... Not too long after that... no business and the Cedar Restaurant moved there..

And a final look back up Main Street past the American Legion...

Looking down from Piripos' Argentine Restaurant...Hiway 9 back to Kansas City and Hasta la Vista for now...

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