|The Waldo Story: The Home of Friendly Merchants explores more than 170 years of history in this unique corner of Kansas City. Since 1841 when it was first settled by Santa Fe traders David Waldo and Alexander Majors, Waldo has been a battlefield, railroad hub, mill town, border town, suburb, urban hotspot - and always a place where anything could happen. The book includes features on some of Waldo's most interesting places and people, and includes more than 50 images. 140 pp, $19.95. Available from the author (email@example.com), the Southtown Planning Center, Dave Smith the Lampmaker, and local bookstores.