The Plaza was the brainchild of JC Nichols and is considered the first suburban shopping center.
Kansas and Missouri have very different liquor laws. For one, Kansas grocery and convenience stores are not allowed to sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor, you’ll need to go to a real liquor store if you want more than “near beer” in Kansas.
The most iconic piece of public art in Kansas City might well be “The Scout”, a Sioux on horseback that has looked out over downtown since 1922.
Kansas City’s Swope Park is one of the nation’s largest urban parks. Swope Park measures in at 1,085 acres, almost twice the size of Central Park in New York (only 843 acres).
Burnt ends are cut from the pointed end of a brisket and then barbecued to their charry best.
“Sky Stations” atop the Bartle Hall were installed in 1994 as part of the city’s public art program. The aluminum and steel artworks are meant to recall the art deco work inside Municipal Auditorium.
Kansas City is the City of Fountains. And every April, the fountains get turned on, on Fountain Day.
Do you know the difference between North Kansas City and Kansas City, North? North Kansas City (“Northtown”) is the small city just north of the Heart of America Bridge. Kansas City, North is any part of Kansas City, MO., that lies north of the Missouri River.
Many of North Kansas City’s north-south streets are in alphabetical order.
In both Kansas and Missouri if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights must be, too. “It’s the law!”
In 1973 Worlds of Fun opened. The theme was borrowed from the Jules Vernes book “Around the World in 80 Days” – hence World of Fun’s neighborhoods of Americana, Europa, Scandinavia, Africa and the Orient.
Shawnee Mission is a school district and a postal district, but not a city.
May 20, 1957, was a day of numbers for one south Kansas City neighborhood: 44 dead. 531 injured. 7-inch hail. The F5 tornado
that ripped through Ruskin Heights was nearly a half-mile wide and traveled at 42 mph.
The “S” in Harry S. Truman’s name stands for nothing, according to the former president himself.
Starlight Theatre, in Swope Park, opened in the summer of 1951, and throughout that decade, summer seasons of 10 locally mounted Broadway-style shows were typical.
You know the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s famous “Shuttlecocks.” But did you know that the museum is intended to be the net in the oversized game of badminton? That’s why there are three shuttlecocks on the south lawn and one on the north lawn.
The starting point of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails were in Independence.
The bull on a pylon you can see from I-35 downtown? That’s a Hereford. The bull and the former headquarters of the American Hereford Association were dedicated in 1953 by none other than the president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks are located in the following parks: Shawnee Mission Park, Stoll Park, Penn Valley Park, Gregory O. Grounds Park and Wayside Waifs Bark Park.
Billed as “California Living” the Johnson County Museum showcased “All-Electric House” in 1954. The project was designed to showcase the latest innovations in modern electric living and presented by Kansas City Power & Light Co.
The large south Kansas City neighborhood and school district known as Hickman Mills was .originallyto be known as Hickman’s Mill. A clerk in Washington recorded it incorrectly onthe federal post office application in the 1800’s.
Anchorman Larry Moore, of KMBC, started at channel 9 as a reporter in 1968.
On Friday and Saturday nights, KCUR, 89.3 FM hosts “The Fish Fry” (8PM to Midnight), serving up commercial-free “blues, R&B, soul, jumpin’ jazz and zydeco.”
Most schooldistricts add directional to their name. Hence Northeast, East and Central high schools in the Kansas City district, and in the suburbs, Blue Springs South, Shawnee Mission South, Olathe East, Blue Valley West, etc. However, in Kansas City, KS, schools are mostly name for people (e.g., Harmon, Washington, etc.).
On July 17, 1981, two skywalks collapsed in the Hyatt Regency hotel’s lobby atrium. The death toll would be 114, with more than 200 people injured.
On Nov. 29, 1988, six Kansas City firefighters died at a construction site for Bruce R. Watkins Drive in south Kansas City when a burning trailer containing 25,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel exploded.
During the winter of 2009-2010 Mother Nature dumped 44 inches of snow on us. That was the most in almost 50 years.
The hottest Kansas City summer on record was 1934, when for 17 straight days in July temperatures vaulted past 100 degrees – killing 176 people.
Boulevard Beerwas founded by John McDonald in 1989 and sold 1,747 barrels of beer in 1990, its first full production year. Before being sold, Boulevard was one of the ten largest craft beer makers in America. Its biggest seller: Unfiltered Wheat.
Christopher Elbow, a Liberty native, worked as a pastry chef for Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico in Las Vegas and the American Restaurant here. Now he’s renowned for artistic, pricey “artisanal chocolates.” He also collaborates with Boulevard Beer to
create its Chocolate Ale.
In 1856, the Great White Arabia steamship went down, felled ultimately by a snag from a walnut tree in the Mighty Missouri. In 1988, she began to come up, saved by the five families determined to excavate and preserve her cargo.
Leavenworth County is prison central, home to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (the military’s only maximum-security prison), the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility, the U.S Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Lansing Correction Facility and Corrections Corp. of America’s privately run prison.
If 10 people are in a room, odds are five will pronounce the south Kansas City road “WORnall” and five will say “WorNELL”. According to the John Wornall House Museum, it’s the first option, with a slight accent on the first syllable.
The Kansas City Royals won their only World Series on Oct. 27, 1985, beating the St. Louis Cardinals four fames to three in what was known as the “I-70 Series”. Pitcher Bret Saberhagen was named series MVP.
Kansas City hosts hundreds of serious and not-so-serious running events each year.
Kansas City is the barbeque capital of the world. Back in the day, the stockyards provided cheap meat that was slow-cooked over native hardwoods like hickory and fruit trees. As for KC-style sauce, it’s typically tomato-and-molasses-based.
Lore has it that “Possum Trot” and “Rabbitville” were in the running before “Town of Kansas” was agreed upon, which then became “City of Kansas” as it grew, and ultimately, Kansas City.
Six-year old Bobby Greenlease, son of wealthy auto dealer Robert Cosgrove Greenlease Sr. of Mission Hills, walked calmly out of Notre Dame de Sion grade school with a woman claiming to be his aunt on Sept. 29, 1953. Six ransom notes, 15 phone calls and $600,000 later, Bobby still had not been returned to his family. His body was found buried in his kidnapper’s front yard in St. Joseph.
“In Cold Blood” (1967), “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” (1990), “Kansas City” (1996) and “Ride With the Devil” (1999) were all largely filmed here.
Community Christian Church at 46th and Main streets was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Short on gas and near the state line? Head for Missouri. Due to a difference in the state gas tax, you can often find gas 10 cents cheaper per gallon.
The Union Station Massacre took all of 30 seconds on June 17, 1933, and saw convicted felon Frank Nash and four law enforcement officers killed during a shootout in front of Union Station during Nash’s transport from Arkansas to the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.
The American Royal is part of the reason our major league baseball team is known as the Kansas City Royals.
Why do your baggage tags say MCI instead of KCI? MCI = Mid-Continent International, the airport’s name in the planning stages. When it opened in 1972, it was Kansas City International Airport. But “KCI” doesn’t fly as a three-letter airport code because K’s
(along with W’s) are reserved as prefixes for broadcast station call letters.
The Jacksons’ Victory Tour launched right here in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium in 1984. It was the last concert tour featuring all of the Jackson brothers together. Tickets were $30 each, an unheard-of-sum at the time.
Rumors that “Boss Tom” Pendergast sank some of his political foes in several feet of concrete beneath Brush Creek on the Plaza were proved inaccurate when in 1991 the Army Corps of Engineers were working on Brush Creek, it found the creek was
paved with just 10-12 inches of concrete – “insufficient for burying any but the skinniest of political enemy.”
Kansas was/is home to some famous individuals:
Ed Asner is a native of Kansas City, KS.
Thomas Hart Benton was born in Neosho, MO
Don Cheadle was born in Kansas City.
Walt Disney lived in Kansas City in the 1910s.
Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle all grew up in Overland Park.