The following historical information is excerpted from Dan Hurley’s article in “The Filson,” Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2006.

The Old West End
“…The larger area southwest of the expressway was projected as a light industrial park, which was dubbed “Queensgate” by a public relations firm hired by the city. Given the fact that it bordered the Central Business District and had unparalleled access to rail and truck transportation, the hope was that Queensgate could compete with the industrial parks beginning to pop up beyond the boundaries of the city. City officials named the clearance effort the “Kenyon Barr Project” after two streets in the area. To anyone who lived there, it was simply the West End.