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Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri
City of Kansas City Country State Counties United States Missouri Jackson Clay Platte Cass March 28, 1853 Mark Funkhouser 318.0 sq mi (823.7 km2) 313.5 sq mi (812.1 km2) 4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2) 584.4 sq mi (1,513.6 km2) 910 ft (277 m)

Incorporated Government - Mayor Area - City - Land - Water - Urban Elevation

Population (2007)[1][2][3] 475,830 - City 1,436.6/sq mi (554.7/km2) - Density 1,361,744 - Urban 2,053,928 - Metro
From top left: Downtown Kansas City skyline, the Liberty Memorial, the Country Club Plaza, Arrowhead Stadium, Kauffman Stadium, Downtown Kansas City skyline, the Nelson Atkins Museum

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CST (UTC-6) CDT (UTC-5) 64101-64102, 64105-64106, 64108-64114, 64116-64134, 64136-64139, 64141, 64144-64158, 64161, 64163-64168, 64170-64172, 64179-64180, 64183-64185, 64187-64188, 64190-64199, 64944, 64999 816 29-38000[4] 0748198[5] http://www.kcmo.org/



Nickname(s): "KC", "City of Fountains", "Heart of America", "Paris of the Plains",

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Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri.

Coordinates: 39°06′35″N 94°35′19″W / 39.10972°N 94.58861°W / 39.10972; -94.58861

Kansas City is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. It encompasses 318 square miles (820 km2) in parts of Jackson, Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. The city also serves as the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, second largest in Missouri, and largest with territory in Kansas (Wichita is the largest metropolitan area anchored in Kansas). As of February 6, 2009, it was revealed that the US census had


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underestimated Kansas City’s population, and re-released it to be 475,830, [6] with a metro area of over two million.[7] Kansas City was founded in 1838 as the "Town of Kansas"[8] at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and was incorporated in its present form in 1850. Situated opposite Kansas City, Kansas, the city was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Westport. The city is well known for its contributions to the musical styles of jazz and blues as well as to cuisine (Kansas City-style barbecue).

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Exploration and settlement

Abbreviations and nicknames

Kansas City Skyline from Liberty Memorial Kansas City, Missouri, is often abbreviated as "KCMO", or simply "KC" (both abbreviations often refer to the metro area). It is officially nicknamed the City of Fountains. With over 200 fountains, the city claims to have second most in the world, just behind Rome.[9] The city also has more boulevards than any city except Paris and has been called "Paris of the Plains." Informal nicknames include BBQ Capital of the World, and residents are known as Kansas Citians. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as the Heart of America as it is near both the population center of the United States and the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states.

Kansas City Pioneer Square monument in Westport features Pony Express founder Alexander Majors, Westport/Kansas City founder John Calvin McCoy and Mountainman Jim Bridger who owned Chouteau’s Store. The first documented European visit to Kansas City was Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, who was also the first European to explore the lower Missouri River. Criticized for his handling of a Native American attack of Fort Detroit, he had deserted his post as commander of the fort and was avoiding the French authorities. Bourgmont lived with a Native American wife in the Missouri village about 90 miles (140 km) east near Brunswick, Missouri, and illegally traded furs. In order to clear his name, he wrote "Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a Colony" in 1713 followed in 1714 by "The Route to Be Taken to Ascend the Missouri River." In the documents he describes the junction of the "Grande Riv[iere] des Cansez" and Missouri River, being the first to refer to them by those names. French cartographer Guillaume Delisle used

Kansas City, Missouri officially incorporated on March 28, 1853. The territory straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers was considered a good place to build settlements.


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the descriptions to make the first reasonably accurate map of the area. The Spanish took over the region in the Treaty of Paris (1763) but were not to play a major role in the area other than taxing and licensing all traffic on the Missouri River. The French continued their fur trade on the river under Spanish license. The Chouteau family operated under the Spanish license at St. Louis in the lower Missouri Valley as early as 1765, but it would be 1821 before the Chouteaus reached Kansas City, when François Chouteau established Chouteau’s Landing. After the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark visited the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, noting it was a good place to build a fort. In 1833 John McCoy established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail, three miles (5 km) away from the river. Then in 1834, McCoy established Westport Landing on a bend in the Missouri River to serve as a landing point for West Port. Soon after, the Kansas Town Company, a group of investors, began to settle the area, taking their name from an English spelling of "Cansez." In 1850 the landing area was incorporated as the Town of Kansas.[10] By that time, the Town of Kansas, Westport, and nearby Independence, had become critical points in America’s westward expansion. Three major trails – the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon – all originated in Jackson County. On February 22, 1853, the City of Kansas was created with a newly elected mayor. It had an area of 0.70 square miles (1.8 km2) and a population of 2,500. The boundary lines at that time extended from the middle of the Missouri River south to what is now Ninth Street, and from Bluff Street on the west to a point between Holmes Road and Charlotte Street on the east.[11]

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towards allowing slavery, at first by ballot box and then by bloodshed.

Bird’s eye view of Kansas City, Missouri. January 1869. Drawn by A. Ruger, Merchants Lith. Co., currently located at the Irish Museum and Cultural Center in Union Station During the Civil War, the City of Kansas and its immediate environs were the focus of intense military activity. Although the First Battle of Independence in August 1862 resulted in a Confederate victory, the Southerners were unable to follow up their win in any significant fashion, as the City of Kansas was occupied by Union troops and proved too heavily fortified for them to assault. The Second Battle of Independence, part of Sterling Price’s Missouri expedition of 1864, also resulted in a Confederate triumph. Once again the Southern victory proved hollow, as Price was decisively defeated in the pivotal Battle of Westport the next day, effectively ending Confederate efforts to occupy the city. Moreover, General Thomas Ewing, in response to a successful raid on nearby Lawrence, Kansas, led by William Quantrill, issued General Order No. 11, forcing the eviction of residents in four western Missouri counties—including Jackson—except those living in the city and nearby communities and those whose allegiance to the Union was certified by Ewing.

Civil War
The area was rife with animosity as the Civil War approached. Already situated in a state bitterly divided on the issue of slavery, southern sympathizers in Missouri immediately recognized the threat of Kansas petitioning to enter the Union under the new doctrine of popular sovereignty. Infuriated by the idea of Kansas becoming a free state, many from the area crossed into Kansas to sway the state

Post-Civil War
After the Civil War, the City of Kansas grew rapidly. The selection of the city over Leavenworth, Kansas, for the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad bridge over the Missouri River brought about significant growth. The population exploded after 1869, when the Hannibal Bridge, designed by Octave Chanute,


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gave rise to Harry S. Truman, who quickly became Kansas City’s favorite son.

Post-World War II sprawl

Walnut St., Downtown Kansas City, Mo. 1906 opened. The boom prompted a name change to Kansas City in 1889 and the city limits to extend south and east. Westport became part of Kansas City on December 2, 1897. According to the US Census in 1900, Kansas City was the 22nd largest city in the country, with 163,752 residents. Kansas City, guided by architect George Kessler, became a forefront example of the City Beautiful movement, developing a network of boulevards and parks around the city. The relocation of Union Station to its current location in 1914 and the opening of the Liberty Memorial in 1923 gave the city two of its most identifiable landmarks. Further spurring Kansas City’s growth was the opening of the innovative Country Club Plaza development by J.C. Nichols in 1925 as part of his Country Club District plan.

Kansas City satellite map Kansas City’s sprawl and the creation of suburbs originally began with the invention and implementation of streetcars into the city and the surrounding areas. Streetcar suburbs began to pop up and more and more detached, single family homes were built away from the main part of town. The city’s first "Suburbs" were in the neighborhoods of Pendleton Heights and Quality Hill. However, the real sprawl and creation of suburbs didn’t start until after the second world war. After World War II, the city experienced considerable sprawl, as the affluent populace left for suburbs like Johnson County, Kansas, and eastern Jackson County, Missouri. However, many also went north of the Missouri River, where Kansas City had incorporated areas between the 1940s to 1970s. The population of the urban core significantly dipped, while the metropolitan area as a whole gained population. The sprawl of the city mainly took shape after the "race riots" of the Civil Rights

Pendergast era
At the turn of the century, political machines attempted to gain clout in the city, with the one led by Tom Pendergast emerging as the dominant machine by 1925. A new city charter passed that year made it easier for his Democratic Party machine to gain control of the city council (slimmed from 32 members to nine) and appoint a corrupt city manager. Several important buildings and structures were built during this time, to assist with the great depression—all led by Pendergast, including the Kansas City City Hall and the Jackson County Courthouse—both added new skyscrapers to the city’s growing skyline. The machine fell in 1939 when Pendergast, riddled with health problems, pleaded guilty to tax evasion. The machine, however,


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Movement in Kansas City. At this time, slums were also beginning to form in the inner city, and those who could afford to leave, left for the suburbs and outer edges of the city. The post-World War II idea of suburbs and the "American Dream" also contributed to the sprawl of the area. As the city continued to sprawl, the inner city also continued to decline. In 1940, the city had about 400,000 residents; by 2000, the same area was home to only about 180,000. From 1940 to 1960, the city more than doubled its physical size, while increasing its population by only about 75,000. By 1970, the city had a total area of approximately 316 square miles (820 km2), more than five times its size in 1940. The Hyatt Regency walkway collapse was a major disaster that occurred on 17 July 1981 killing 114 people and injuring more than 200 others during a tea dance. At the time it was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history. For more details on this topic, see Hyatt Regency walkway collapse.

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Kansas City lies near the geographic center of the contiguous United States, at the confluence of the second largest river in the country, the Missouri River, and the Kansas River (also known as the Kaw River). This makes for a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa) with moderate precipitation and extremes of hot and cold. Summers can be very humid, with moist air riding up from the Gulf of Mexico, and during July and August daytime highs can reach into the triple digits. Winters vary from mild days to bitterly cold, with lows reaching into the teens below zero a few times a year. Kansas City is situated in "Tornado Alley", a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada collides with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms. Kansas City has had many severe outbreaks of tornados, including the Ruskin Heights tornado in 1957,[13] and the May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence, as well as other severe weather, most notably the Kansas City derecho in 1982. The region is also prone to ice storms, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks.[14] Kansas City and its outlying areas are also subject to flooding, including the Great Flood of 1993 and the Great Flood of 1951. See also: List of tornadoes and tornado outbreaks, List of tornadoes striking downtown areas, and 1980 United States heat wave

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 318.0 sq mi (823.7 km²). 313.5 sq mi (812.1 km²) of it is land and 4.5 sq mi (11.6 km²) of it (1.41%) is water. Much of urban Kansas City sits atop bluffs overlooking the rivers and river bottoms areas. Kansas City proper is bowlshaped and is surrounded to the north and south by limestone and bedrock cliffs that were carved by glaciers. Kansas City is situated at the junction between the Dakota and Minnesota ice lobes during the maximum late Independence glaciation of the Pleistocene epoch. The Kansas and Missouri rivers cut wide valleys into the terrain when the glaciers melted and drained. A partially filled spillway valley crosses the central portion of Kansas City, Missouri. This valley is an eastward continuation of Turkey Creek valley. Union Station is located in this valley.[12] The city’s municipal water was recently rated the cleanest among the 50 largest cities in the United States, containing no detectable impurities.


Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza at Night Kansas City, Missouri, is organized into a system of more than 240[16] neighborhoods,


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some with histories as independent cities or the sites of major events. Downtown, the center of the city, is currently undergoing major redevelopment. Near Downtown, the urban core of the city has a variety of neighborhoods, including historical Westport, Ivanhoe, Hyde Park, Squire Park the Crossroads Arts District, 18th and Vine Historic District, Pendleton Heights, Quality Hill, the West Bottoms and the River Market. Further information: List of neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri

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A look down Downtown Kansas City streets today. shoppers arriving by automobile[19], and is surrounded by apartments and condominiums, including a number of high rise buildings. The associated Country Club District to the south includes the Sunset Hill and Brookside neighborhoods, and is traversed by Ward Parkway, a landscaped boulevard known for its statuary, fountains and large, historic homes. Kansas City’s Union Station is home to Science City, restaurants, shopping, theaters, and the city’s Amtrak facility. After years of neglect and seas of parking lots, Downtown Kansas City currently is undergoing a period of change. Many residential properties recently have been or currently are under redevelopment. The Power & Light District, a new, nine-block entertainment district comprising numerous restaurants, bars, and retail shops, was developed by the Cordish Company of Baltimore, Maryland, Its first tenant opened on November 9, 2007, It is anchored by the Sprint Center, a 19,000 seat complex that has become a top draw for national entertainment tours

The city’s tallest buildings and characteristic skyline is roughly contained inside the downtown freeway loop (shaded in red). Downtown Kansas City itself is established by city ordinance to stretch from the Missouri River south to 31st Street (beyond the bottom of this map), and from I-35 to Bruce R. Watkins Downtown Kansas City is an area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) bounded by the Missouri River to the north, 31st Street to the south, Bruce R. Watkins Drive (U.S. Highway 71) to the east and I-35 to the west. Areas near Downtown Kansas City include the 39th Street District is known as Restaurant Row[17] and features one of Kansas City’s largest selections of independently owned restaurants and boutique shops. It is a center of literary and visual arts and bohemian culture. Crown Center is the headquarters of Hallmark Cards and a major downtown shopping and entertainment complex. It is connected to Union Station by a series of covered walkways. The Country Club Plaza, or simply "the Plaza", is an upscale, outdoor shopping and entertainment district. It was the first suburban shopping district in the United States[18], designed to accommodate

Parks and parkways
Kansas City has 132 miles (212 km) of spacious boulevards and parkways, 214 urban


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rescue center, two golf courses, two lakes, an amphitheatre, day-camp area, and numerous picnic grounds. Hodge Park, in the Northland, covers 1,029 acres (1.61 sq. mi.). This park includes the 80-acre (320,000 m2) Shoal Creek Living History Museum, a village of more than 20 historical buildings dating from 1807 to 1885. Riverfront Park, 955 acres (3.86 km2) on the banks of the Missouri River on the north edge of downtown, holds annual Fourth of July celebrations and other festivals during the year. At one time, nearly all residential streets were planted with a solid canopy of American elms, but Dutch elm disease devastated them. Most were replaced with varieties of other handsome shade trees. A program is underway currently to replace many of the fast-growing sweetgum trees with hardwood varieties.[23]

Panoramic view from the top of Liberty Memorial looking North to downtown, February 2009

J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, by HenriLéon Gréber, in Mill Creek Park, adjacent to the Country Club Plaza parks, 49 ornamental fountains, 152 ball diamonds, 10 community centers, 105 tennis courts, five golf courses, five museums and attractions, 30 pools, and 47 park shelters, all overseen by the city’s Parks and Recreation department.[20][21] The parkway and boulevard system winds its way through the city with broad, landscaped medians that include statuary and fountains. Much of the system, designed by George E. Kessler, was constructed from 1893 to 1915. Cliff Drive, in Kessler Park on the North Bluffs, is a designated State Scenic Byway. It extends 4.27 miles (6.87 km) from The Paseo and Independence Avenue through Indian Mound on Gladstone Boulevard at Belmont Boulevard with many historical points and architectural landmarks. Ward Parkway, on the west side of the city near State Line Road, is lined by many of the city’s most handsome homes. The Paseo is a major north–south parkway that runs 19 miles (31 km) through the center of the city beginning at Cliff Drive. Swope Park is one of the nation’s largest city parks, comprising 1,805 acres (2.82 sq. mi.), more than twice as big as New York’s Central Park.[22] It features a fullfledged zoo, a woodland nature and wildlife At the 2005-2007 American Community Survey Estimates, the city’s population was 64.5% White (57.6% non-Hispanic White alone), 30.6% Black or African American, 1.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.4% Asian, 0.2% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 3.6% from some other race and 2.4% from two or more races. 8.8% of the total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. [1] Historical populations Census Pop. %± 4,418 — 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 32,260 55,785 132,716 163,752 248,381 324,410 399,746 400,178 456,622 475,539 507,087 448,159 435,146 441,545 630.2% 72.9% 137.9% 23.4% 51.7% 30.6% 23.2% 0.1% 14.1% 4.1% 6.6% −11.6% −2.9% 1.5%

Est. 2007 475,830 7.8% As of the census[4] of 2000, there are 441,545 people, 183,981 households, and


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107,444 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,408.2 people per square mile (543.7/km²). There are 202,334 housing units at an average density of 249.2 per square mile (645.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 54.68% White, 31.23% African American or Black, 0.48% Native American, 1.85% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 2.44% from two or more races. 6.93% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 183,981 households out of which 28.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% are married couples living together, 16.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% are non-families. 34.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.35 and the average family size is 3.06. In the city the population is spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.9 males. The median income for a household in the city is $37,198, and the median income for a family is $46,012. Males have a median income of $35,132 versus $27,548 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,753. 14.3% of the population and 11.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 20.2% are under the age of 18 and 10.5% are 65 or older. As of February 6, 2009, it was revealed that the US census had underestimated Kansas City’s population, and re-released it to be 475,830 [6] with a metro area of over two million.[7]

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Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank "J" insignia on the dollar bill Lathrop & Gage and Shook, Hardy & Bacon are also based in Kansas City.. Hallmark Cards’s gross revenues certainly would qualify it for both lists, but it cannot be included because it is privately owned by the Hall family. Numerous agriculture companies operate out of the city . Dairy Farmers of America, the largest Dairy Co-op in the United States is located here.Kansas City Board of Trade is the principal trading Exchange for hard red winter wheat — the principal ingredient of bread.

Greater Kansas City is headquarters to four Fortune 500 companies (Sprint Nextel Corporation, H&R Block, Embarq Corporation, and YRC Worldwide Inc.) and additional Fortune 1000 corporations (Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Great Plains Energy, Aquila, AMC Theatres, DST Systems), Garmin International, Cerner Corp. and Russell Stover Candies. Two international law firms,

H&R Block’s new oblong headquarters in downtown Kansas City The business community is serviced by two major business magazines, the Kansas City Business Journal (published weekly) and Ingram’s Magazine (published monthly), as well as numerous other smaller publications, including a local society journal, the Independent (published weekly). Kansas City is literally "on the money." Bills issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City are


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marked the letter "J" and/or number "10." The single dollar bills have Kansas City’s name on them. The Kansas City Federal Reserve built a new bank building that opened in 2008 and relocated near Union Station.. Missouri is the only state to have two of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank headquarters (St. Louis also has a headquarters). Kansas City’s effort to get the bank was helped by former Kansas City mayor James A. Reed who as senator broke a tie to get the Federal Reserve Act passed.[24] One of the largest drug manufacturing plants in the United States is the SanofiAventis plant located in south Kansas City on the campus developed by Ewing Kauffman’s Marion Laboratories.[25] Of late, it has been developing some academic and economic institutions related to animal health sciences, an effort most recently bolstered by the selection of Manhattan, Kansas, at one end of the [26] Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is tasked, among other things, to research animal-related diseases. Ford Motor Company operates a large manufacturing facility just out side of Kansas City, which currently builds the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, Ford F-150, and Mercury Mariner. General Motors also build the Chevrolet Malibu at its Fairfax assembly plant.

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political machines. Tom Pendergast was the most infamous leader of the party machine. The most nationally prominent Democrat associated with Pendergast’s machine was Harry S Truman, who became a Senator, Vice President of the United States and then President of the United States from 1945-1953. Kansas City is the seat of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, one of two federal district courts in Missouri (the other, the Eastern District, is in St. Louis). It also is the seat of the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals, one of three districts of that court (the Eastern District is in St. Louis and the Southern District is in Springfield).

National political conventions
Kansas City has hosted the 1900 Democratic National Convention, the 1928 Republican National Convention, which nominated Herbert Hoover from Iowa for President, and the memorable 1976 Republican National Convention, which nominated Kansas U.S. Senator Bob Dole for Vice President. Kansas City consistently votes Democratic in Presidential elections, however on the state and local level Republicans often find some success, especially in the Northland and other parts of Kansas City that are predominantly suburban.

Law and government
City government
Kansas City is home to the largest municipal government in the state of Missouri. The city has a city manager form of government, however the role of city manager has diminished over the years following excesses during the days of Tom Pendergast. The mayor is the head of the Kansas City City Council, which has 12 members (one member for each district, plus one at large member per district), and the mayor himself is the presiding member. Kansas City holds city elections on odd numbered years (every four years unless there is a special reason). The last major citywide election was May 2007, meaning the next one will be in May 2011. The city council currently has a female majority for the first time in the city’s history. From the late 19th century to the mid 20th century, Kansas City’s municipal government was controlled by often corrupt

Federal representation
Kansas City is represented by two members of the United States House of Representatives: • Missouri’s 5th congressional district – all of Kansas City proper in Jackson County plus Independence and portions of Cass County. Currently represented by Emanuel Cleaver (Democrat) • Missouri’s 6th congressional district – all of Kansas City proper north of the Missouri River and plus suburbs in eastern Jackson County beyond Independence and a vast stretch of suburbs and rural areas extending all the way to the Iowa border and more than 100 miles (160 km). Currently represented by Sam Graves (Republican) The United States Postal Service operates post offices in Kansas City. The Kansas City Main Post Office is located at 300 West Pershing Road.[27]


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City Metropolitan Area reflect the opposite in crime statistics. Much of the city’s murders and violent crimes occur in the city’s inner core. The Kansas City Gangs are reasons why the violent crime rates in the core consistently have driven the city and metropolitan area down on "livability" indices, hindering initiatives in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to revive downtown Kansas City. In the 2000s, Crime and Homicides spiked up due to organized crime or the gang activity in the inner city. However, attempts at revitalizing the downtown area have been more successful.[30] Other parts of the urban core with higher poverty levels remain places in which crime remains largely unabated. According to an analysis by The Kansas City Star and the University of Missouri-Kansas City appearing in a December 22, 2007 story, downtown has experienced the largest drop in crime of any neighborhood in the city during the current decade.[31] In 2009 Zip Code 64130 which straddles Brush Creek east of the Country Club Plaza was reported to account for 20 percent of Kansas Citians in prison for murder or voluntary manslaughter (101 killers). It is the biggest concentration of killers in the state of Missouri.[32]

Some of the earliest violence in Kansas City erupted during the American Civil War. Shortly after the city’s incorporation in 1850, the period which has become known as Bleeding Kansas erupted, affecting border ruffians and Jayhawkers, who both lived in the city. During the war, Union troops burned all occupied dwellings in Jackson County south of Brush Creek and east of Blue Creek to Independence in an attempt to halt raids into Kansas. After the war, the Kansas City Times turned outlaw Jesse James into a folk hero in its coverage. James was born in the Kansas City metro area at Kearney, Missouri, and notoriously robbed the Kansas City Fairgrounds at 12th Street and Campbell Avenue. In the early 20th century under Democratic political "Boss" Tom Pendergast, Kansas City became the country’s "most wide open town", with virtually no enforcement of prohibition. While this would give rise to Kansas City Jazz, it also led to the rise of the Kansas City mob (initially under Johnny Lazia), as well as the arrival of organized crime. The 1930s saw the Kansas City Massacre at Union Station, as well as a shootout between police and outlaws Bonnie and Clyde at the Red Crown Tavern near what is now Kansas City International Airport. In the 1970s, the Kansas City mob was involved in a gangland war over control of the River Quay entertainment district, in which three buildings were bombed and several gangsters were killed. Police investigations into the mob took hold after boss Nick Civella was recorded discussing gambling bets on Super Bowl IV (where the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings). The war and investigation would lead to the end of mob control of the Stardust Casino, which was the basis for the film Casino (although the Kansas City connections are minimized in the movie). As of October 30, 2006, Kansas City ranks 21st on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual survey of crime rates for cities with populations over 400,000.[28] Kansas City ranked sixth in the rate of murders in that same study. The entire Kansas City metropolitan area has the fourth worst violent crime rate among cities with more than 100,000, with a rate of 614.7 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.[29] On the other hand, many of the surrounding cities in the Kansas

First, it was at the confluence of the Missouri River and Kansas River and the launching pointing for travelers on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails. Then with the construction of the Hannibal Bridge across the Missouri River it became the central location for 11 trunk railroads. More rail traffic in terms of tonnage still passes through the city than any other city in the country. TWA located its headquarters in the city and had ambitious plans to turn the city into an air hub for the world. Missouri and Kansas were the first states to start building interstates with Interstate 70. Interstate 435, which encircles the entire city, is the second longest beltway in the nation. Today, Kansas City and its metropolitan area has more miles of limited access highway lanes per capita than any other large metro area in the United States, over 27% more than second-place Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, over 50% more than the average American metro area and nearly 75% more


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than the metropolitan area with the least: Las Vegas. The Sierra Club in particular blames the extensive freeway network for excessive sprawl and the decline of central Kansas City.[33] On the other hand, the relatively uncongested freeway network contributes significantly to Kansas City’s position as one of America’s largest logistics hubs.[34]

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the signing of a Bi-State compact created by the Missouri and Kansas legislatures on December 28, 1965. The compact gives the KCATA responsibility for planning, construction, owning and operating passenger transportation systems and facilities within the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area. These include the counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri, and Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte in Kansas.


City Buses
In July 2005, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) launched Kansas City’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line called "MAX" (Metro Area Express). MAX links the vibrant River Market, Downtown, Union Station, Crown Center and the Country Club Plaza. This corridor boasts over 150,000 jobs, as well as some of the area’s most prestigious real estate and treasured cultural amenities. [35] By design, MAX operates and is marketed more like a rail system than a local bus line. A unique identity was created for MAX, including 13 modern diesel buses and easily identifiable "stations". MAX features state-of-the-art technology to deliver customers a high level of reliability (real-time GPS tracking of buses, available at every station), speed (stoplights automatically change in their favor if buses are behind schedule) and comfort.[36]

Kansas City International Airport Kansas City International Airport was built to the specifications of TWA to make a world hub for the supersonic transport and Boeing 747. Its passenger friendly design in which its gates were 100 feet (30 m) from the street has, since the September 11, 2001 attacks, required a costly overhaul to retrofit it to incorporate elements of a more conventional security system. Recent proposals have suggested replacing the three terminals with a new single terminal situated south of the existing runways, thus allowing the airport to operate during construction and to shave miles off the travel distance from downtown and the southern suburbs. Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport was the original headquarters of Trans World Airlines and houses the Airline History Museum. It is still used for general aviation and airshows.

Failed Light Rail Initiatives
Kansas City does not currently have a subway or light rail system. Several proposals to build one have been rejected by voters in the past. However, the city is currently in the development phase of a starter light rail system. On November 7, 2006, Kansas City voters approved a ballot initiative brought forward by Clay Chastain from Virginia, proposing a city-wide light rail system paid for by a 3/8-cent sales tax that currently funds 40% of Kansas City’s bus system. That sales tax, which will expire April 2009, would have been brought to vote for renewal, but the citizen petition for light rail occurred before this could happen. The initiative requires a 27-mile (43 km) light rail line running from the Kansas City Zoo, through the city’s urban core, and out to Kansas City International Airport. In addition to the light rail system, the initiative requires a gondola system that will link Kansas City’s Union Station with the Liberty Memorial, the purchase of 60 hybrid

Public Transportation
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electric busses and the removal of street access through Penn Valley Park, adjacent to the Liberty Memorial. The KCATA estimates that to build the entire light rail system as written will cost between $1.4 and $1.6 billion. The original price tag presented to voters for the line was just below $800 million. The Chastain Plan was overturned by the City Council and is now in litagation. In August 2007, it was announced by the KCATA that an Alternatives Analysis study of the voter-approved light rail plan had a $415 million funding shortfall, even if the federal government paid half of planned construction costs. This study also revealed that the November 2006 plan had technical problems including issues with bridges, steep inclines, and sharp turns beyond typical tolerances. The City Council repealed the vote in November 2007 and placed an alternative plan on a November 2008 ballot. The KCATA completed its Alternatives Analysis in Spring 2008. The measure was defeated. •

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• Park University, private institution established in 1875; Park University Graduate School is located downtown. • Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City), a 2-year college with several branches in the suburban metropolitan area. • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. • DeVry University • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Convention • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Church of the Nazarene • Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary • Saint Paul School of Theology, Methodist.

Primary and secondary schools
Kansas City is served by several school districts, the largest being the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools. There are also numerous private schools; Catholic schools in Kansas City are governed by the Diocese of Kansas City.

Former Trolley/Streetcar Lines
Kansas City has a long history with streetcars and trolleys. From 1870-1957 Kansas City’s streetcar system was among the top in the country, with over 300 miles (480 km) of track at its peak. Following the decision to scrap the system, many of its former streetcars have been serving other American cities for a long time. In 2007, ideas and plans arose to add normal trolley lines, as well as possibly fast streetcars to the city’s Downtown for the first time in decades. These proposals are being seen as possible first steps in implementing a larger mass transit network, that would include light rail.

Libraries and archives
• Linda Hall Library, internationally recognized independent library of science, engineering and technology, housing over one million volumes. • Mid-Continent Public Library, largest public library system in Missouri, and among the largest collections in America. • Kansas City Public Library, oldest library system in Kansas City. • University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, four collections: Leon E. Bloch Law Library and Miller Nichols Library, both on Volker Campus; and Health Sciences Library and Dental Library, both on Hospital Hill in Kansas City. • Rockhurst University Greenlease Library. • The Black Archives of Mid-America, research center of the African American experience in the central Midwest. • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Central Plains Region, one of 18 national records facilities, holding millions of archival records and microfilms for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in a new facility adjacent to Union Station, open to the general public in 2008.

Colleges and universities
Several universities, colleges, and seminaries are located in Kansas City, including: • University of Missouri–Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, serving more than 14,000 undergraduates • Kansas City Art Institute, four-year college of fine arts and design founded in 1885. • Rockhurst University, a notable Jesuit, Catholic university founded in 1910. • Avila University, Catholic university of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.


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suburbs of Overland Park, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, and at the Legend’s Mall.

Kansas City cuisine
Kansas City is most famous for its steak and barbecue.


The American Hereford Association bull and Kemper Arena and the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange Building in the former Kansas City Stockyard of the West Bottoms as seen from Quality Hill During the heyday of the Kansas City Stockyards, the city was known for its Kansas City steaks or Kansas City strip steaks. The most famous of the steakhouses is the Golden Ox in the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange in the stockyards in the West Bottoms. The stockyards, which were second only to those of Chicago in size, never recovered from the Great Flood of 1951 and eventually closed. The famed Kansas City Strip cut of steak is largely identical to the New York Strip cut, and is sometimes referred to just as a strip steak. Along with Texas, Memphis & North Carolina, Kansas City is a "world capital of barbecue." There are more than 90 barbecue restaurants[37] in the metropolitan area and the American Royal each fall hosts what it claims is the world’s biggest barbecue contest. The classic Kansas City-style barbecue was an inner city phenomenon that evolved from the pit of Henry Perry from the Memphis, Tennessee, area in the early 1900s and blossomed in the 18th and Vine neighborhood. Arthur Bryant’s was to take over the Perry restaurant and added molasses to sweeten the recipe. In 1946 Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q was opened by one of Perry’s cooks. The Gates recipe added even more molasses. Although Bryant’s and Gates are the two definitive Kansas City barbecue restaurants they have just recently begun expanding outside of the Greater Kansas City Area. Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue is well-regarded by many both locally and nationally. In 1977 Rich Davis, a psychiatrist, testmarketed his own concoction called K.C. Soul Style Barbecue Sauce. He renamed it KC Masterpiece and in 1986 he sold the sauce to the Kingsford division of Clorox. Davis retained rights to operate restaurants using the name and sauce, with restaurants in the Community Christian Church, adjacent to the Country Club Plaza The city’s skyline is what you might envision for a major Mid-West city with notable exceptions. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of opened a stunning Euro-Style addition in 2008, The towering Power and Light building with its Art-Deco style and a glowing sky beacon. The new World Headquarters of H&R Block is a 20 story all glass oval which is bathed from top to bottom in a soft green light. The four Industrial art works atop the support towers of the Kansas City Convention Center (Bartle Hall) were once the subject of ridicule but now define the night skyline near the new Sprint Center, One Kansas City Place (the tallest office tower structure in Missouri), as well as the KCTV-Tower with its hundreds of lit bulbs (the tallest freestanding structure in Missouri and the Liberty Memorial The National World War I Memorial & Museum with its simulated flames and smoke billowing into the night skyline, Kansas City is home to significant national and international architecture firms including ACI/Boland, BNIM, 360 Architecture, Ellerbe Becket, HNTB and HOK Sport. Frank Lloyd Wright designed two private residences.:Further information: List of tallest buildings in Kansas City

"City of Fountains"
One of the most surprising attractions in Kansas City is its unique collection of over 200 working fountains, second only to Rome. Some of the most notable are on the County Club Plaza. From French inspired traditional to modern, these fountains offer visitors to the city an unexpected bonus. Among the most notable : the Black Marble H&R Block fountain in front of Union Station with its synchronized water jets shooting high into


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founded 1933. The symphony currently is located at the Lyric Theatre in Downtown Kansas City, but will move to the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, also downtown, when it is completed in December 2009. The current music director and lead conductor of the symphony is the world-renowned Michael Stern. Opera • Lyric Opera of Kansas City, founded in 1970, offers one American contemporary opera production during its annual season consisting of either four or five productions. The Lyric Opera also is located at the Lyric Theatre, and also will move to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2009. • Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City, performs at the Folly Theater in downtown, and the UMKC Performing Arts Center. Ballet • Kansas City Ballet, founded in 1957 by Tatiana Dokoudovska, is a ballet troupe comprising 25 professional dancers and apprentices. Between 1986 and 2000, it was combined with Dance St. Louis to form the State Ballet of Missouri, although it remained located in Kansas City. From 1980 to 1995, the Ballet was run by renowned dancer and choreographer Todd Bolender. Today, the Ballet offers an annual repertory split into three seasons which ranges from classical to contemporary ballets.[38] The Ballet also is located at the Lyric Theatre, and also will move with the Symphony and Opera to the Kauffman Center in 2009.

Crown Center, fountains at Crown Center the air, the Nichols Bronze Horses at the corner of Main and JC Nichols Parkway at the entrance to the Plaza Shopping District and the unique "family friendly" walk thru fountain at Hallmark Cards World Headquarters in Crown Center (pictured at right)

Sites of interest Culture
Performing Arts
Kansas City has an extensive performing arts scene. Theatre companies • Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the metropolitan area’s top professional theatre company, on two stages: Spencer Theater, 630-seat theater at UMKC Performing Arts Center. Copaken Stage, 319-seat theater in downtown Kansas City in H&R Block Headquarters, new in 2007. • Starlight Theatre, 8,105-seat outdoor theatre designed by Edward Delk presenting traveling Broadway theatre productions at Swope Park. • Unicorn Theatre. • American Heartland Theatre,. • Center Theatre, . • The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, • Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Symphony • Kansas City Symphony, founded by R. Crosby Kemper Jr. in 1982 to superseded the Kansas City Philharmonic, which was

Jazz Kansas City jazz in the 1930s marked the transition from big bands to the bebop influence of the 1940s. In the 1970s, Kansas City attempted to resurrect the glory of the jazz era in a sanitized family friendly atmosphere. In the 1970s, an effort to open jazz clubs in the River Quay area of City Market along the Missouri ended in a gangland war in which three of the new clubs were blown up in what ultimately resulted in the removal of Kansas City mob influence in the Las Vegas casinos. The annual "Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival", which attracts top jazz stars


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Entrance of the American Jazz Museum nationwide and large out-of-town audiences, is rated Kansas City’s "best festival."[39] Local Music Kansas City’s local music scene enjoyed a revival starting in the mid-1960s, based around rock and blues in addition to jazz. Live music venues can be found throughout the city, with the highest concentration in the Westport entertainment district centered on Broadway and Westport Road near the Country Club Plaza. More recently, punk and hiphop acts have been popular. Recent rock groups originating in Kansas City and direct surrounding areas include, Puddle of Mudd, Shooting Star, The Get Up Kids, Camp Harlow, Shiner, Flee The Seen, The Life and Times, Reggie and the Full Effect, Coalesce, The Casket Lottery, The Gadjits, The Appleseed Cast, The Rainmakers, The Esoteric, Vedera, The Elders, Blackpool Lights The Republic Tigers. Native rappers include BLACK WALT, FlyDolla, Petey Sensay, Donta Slusha, Mac Lethal ,Tech N9ne, Shag Deezy, Solè, Jerrod Thomas, Skatterman & Snug Brim, Kutt Calhoun, TJ Hand, Ice Cold, Ron Ron, 2gunn Kevi, Krizz Kaliko, Paul Mussan, Mon E.G., The Popper, Young Greed, BulletRound, Sickening, 816 blokcstarz, Rich The Factor, Greedy, Fat Tone, De’Andre AKA Bigg Khrisco, Yung Bread, and Ryan & Jason. The Sandstone Amphitheatre, located near the Kansas City Speedway

Municipal Auditorium and Bartle Hall Convention Center, Kansas City stores, including Browne’s Irish Market, the oldest Irish owned business in North America, and the Irish Museum and Cultural Center is the new center of the community. The first book that detailed the history of the Irish in Kansas City was Missouri Irish, Irish Settlers on the American Frontier, published in 1984.


The Kansas City Star ’s new printing plant that opened in June 2006.

Print media
The Kansas City Star is the area’s primary newspaper. William Rockhill Nelson and his partner, Samuel Morss, first published the evening paper on September 18, 1880. The Star competed heavily with the morning Times before acquiring it in 1901. The "Times" name was discontinued in March 1990, when the morning paper was renamed the "Star."[40] Weekly newspapers include The Call[41] (African American focused) and several weekly papers, including the Kansas City Business Journal, The Pitch and the bilingual paper "Dos Mundos". The city is served by two major faith-oriented newspapers: The Kansas City Metro Voice, serving the Christian community, and the Kansas

Irish culture scene
There is a large community of Irish in Kansas City which numbers around 250,000. The Irish Community includes a large number of bands, including Kansas City’s own SSION, multiple newspapers, the numerous Irish


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Club Sport Founded 1960 (1963 In Kansas City) 1969 1993 2006 2004 League

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Venue Arrowhead Stadium Kauffman Stadium Barney Allis Plaza Sprint Center Hale Arena

Kansas City Chiefs American Football Kansas City Royals Baseball Kansas City Explorers Kansas City Brigade Tennis Arena Football

National Football League Major League Baseball World TeamTennis Arena Football League Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

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City Jewish Chronicle, serving the Jewish community.

Broadcast media
The Kansas City media market (ranked 32nd by Arbitron[42] and 31st by Nielsen[43]) includes 10 television channels, along with 30 FM and 21 AM radio stations. Kansas City broadcasters have been a stepping stone for many nationally recognized television and radio personalities, including Walter Cronkite, Rush Limbaugh, and Mancow Muller.

his first feature film, The Delinquents, in Kansas City using many local thespians. The 1983 television movie The Day After was filmed in Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas. The 1990s film Truman starring Gary Sinise was also filmed in various parts of the city. Other films shot in or around Kansas City include Article 99, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Kansas City, Paper Moon, In Cold Blood, Ninth Street, and Sometimes They Come Back (in and around nearby Liberty, Missouri).

Film community
Kansas City has also been a locale for Hollywood productions and television programming. Also, between 1931 and 1982, Kansas City was home to the Calvin Company, a large movie production company that specialized in the making of promotional and sales training short films and commercials for large corporations, as well as educational movies for schools and training films for government. Calvin was also an important venue for the Kansas City arts, serving as training ground for many local filmmakers who went on to successful Hollywood careers, and also employing many local actors, most of whom earned their main income in other fields, such as radio and television announcing. Kansas City native Robert Altman got his start directing movies at the Calvin Company, and this experience led him to making

Kansas City sports teams presently include the following:

Truman Sports Complex, with Arrowhead and Kaufmann Stadiums, opened in 1972–73. Kansas City is often the home of the Big 12 College Basketball Tournaments. Men’s Basketball will be played at Sprint Center beginning in March 2008, while women’s Basketball will be played at Municipal Auditorium. Lately, arenas in Dallas and Oklahoma City have hosted the tournament. Arrowhead


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University takes place here. Usually, the Bearcats of Northwest and Gorillas of Pitt State are ranked one-two in the MIAA conference. In 2005, other games at Arrowhead included Arkansas State playing host to Missouri, and Kansas hosting Oklahoma. Kansas City used to have an NBA team. The team’s original name was Kansas CityOmaha Kings because it played home games in both Kansas City and Omaha. However, after 1975 the team would exclusively play in Kansas City. After 1985, the Kansas City Kings would move to Sacramento to become today’s Sacramento Kings. In 1974, the NHL ended its first expansion period by adding teams in Kansas City and Washington, D.C.[44] Although they were better than their expansion brethren the Washington Capitals (who won only eight games in their inaugural season), the Kansas City Scouts began to suffer from an economic downturn in the Midwest. For their second season, the Scouts sold just 2,000 of 8,000 season tickets and were almost $1 million in debt. Due to their various on- and off-ice disappointments, the franchise moved to Denver and was renamed the Colorado Rockies.

Landmark KCTV-TV Tower on West 31st on Union Hill Missouri voters approved riverboat casino gaming on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers by referendum with a 63% majority on November 3, 1992. The first casino facility in the state opened in September 1994 in North Kansas City by Harrah’s Entertainment.[45] The combined revenues for the four casinos successfully operating in Kansas City exceeded $153 million per month in May 2008.[46] The four casinos are: • Ameristar Kansas City, the largest casino both in revenue and size in Kansas City, with hotel, 8 restaurants, live entertainment on 3 stages, and 18-screen movie theater. • Argosy Kansas City, casino, hotel, spa, & restaurants. • Harrah’s North Kansas City, casino, hotel, 5 restaurants, Voodoo Lounge, & live entertainment at Toby Keith’s. • Isle of Capri Kansas City, casino & 4 restaurants.

Sprint Center opened in 2007 and hosts concerts and sports events downtown. Stadium serves as the venue for various intercollegiate football games. Often it is the host of the Big 12 Football Title Game. On the last weekend in October, the Fall Classic rivalry game between Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State


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• Jennifer Jo Cobb– Nascar Bush series driver • Michael J. Cox – author • Walter Cronkite – journalist, television news anchor • Joan Crawford – actress • Len Dawson – Kansas City Chiefs pro football hall of fame Quarterback and announcer and KMBC sports director • Marisol Deluna – fashion designer, received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute • Walt Disney – film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator • Melissa Etheridge – singer • Scott Foley – actor • Lisa Forbes – ex Miss Kansas USA and was in The Bachelor in Paris -- eliminated in the first round • Thomas Frank – writer, editor • Friz Freleng – film producer, director, animator, and cartoonist • Matt Freije – NBA player • Mark Funkhouser – mayor of Kansas City, Missouri • Trent Green – Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback • Maurice Greene – Olympic athlete • Masten Gregory – auto racing • Eddie Griffin – comedian and actor Deuce Bigalow Undercover Brother • Karolyn Grimes – actress, Zu-Zu in the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life, lived in town for many years • Donald J. Hall, Sr. – businessman • Joyce Hall – businessman, founder of Hallmark Cards • Jean Harlow – actress • Jessica Harp – Country Music Singer and now member of the The Wreckers with Michelle Branch • Jim Humphreys – prominent Texas rancher • William Least Heat-Moon– author • Robert A. Heinlein – science fiction author • Shauntay Henderson – FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive, convicted criminal • Paul Henning – writer of The Beverly Hillbillies TV series, producer • Ernest Hemingway – novelist and short story author • Priest Holmes – professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs • Dick Howser– former manager of the Kansas City Royals

Notable people
This is a list of people who were born or lived a significant part of their lives in Kansas City, Missouri or the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. • Lashonda Jackson-Holmes – author • Queen Bey – jazz blues singer jazz ambassador to kc and the united states of america • Danielle Foster - Miss Oregon USA • Sergio D. Acosta - Filmmaker • Oleta Adams – singer • Jonathan Aldridge - Professional Athlete & Entertainer • Robert Altman – film director • Nate Archibald– basketball player with the Kansas City Kings • Brooke Ashley – adult actress and a former Miss Teen Kansas City runner up • Ed Asner – actor • Ashley Aull – 2006 Miss Kansas USA • Burt Bacharach – pianist and composer • H. Roe Bartle – former mayor of Kansas City and namesake of the Kansas City Chiefs • Count Basie – jazz musician • Kay Barnes– former mayor of Kansas City 1999-2007 • Richard L. Berkley – politician, former mayor • Noah Beery – actor • Wallace Beery – actor • Thomas Hart Benton – artist • Danni Boatwright– ESPN host, Survivor: Guatemala winner, and former Miss Kansas USA • George Brett – professional baseball player • Walter Brown– Blues Musician • Sylvia Browne – psychic and medium • Joe Carter – famous Baseball player with the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, lives in town • Don Cheadle – actor Hotel Rwanda, Ocean’s Eleven, Crash • Eminem – rapper • Emanuel Cleaver – politician, current member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Fifth District in the state of Missouri • Andrea Ciliberti – 2005 Miss Missouri USA • Earl Cole – Survivor: Fiji winner • Evan S. Connell – author • David Cook – American Idol 7 winner • Chris Cooper – actor


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• Lamar Hunt – college football player and sports promoter; late owner and founder of the Kansas City Chiefs • Ub Iwerks – animator and cartoonist • Pete Johnson – jazz pianist • Ewing Kauffman – American pharmaceutical magnate, philanthropist, and Major League Baseball owner. • Bill Kenney– politician ex-Kansas City Chiefs player • Craig Kilborn– actor Talk Show host • Phill Kline – politician • Tara Knott – Olympian • Sarah Lancaster – actress • Suzanne Lieurance – freelance writer • Michael T. Lynch – author, freelance writer • Bill Maas – ex NFL player • Amanda Marsh – first winner of The Bachelor • Claire McCaskill – politician senator • Edie McClurg – actress • Hal McRae – baseball player and manager with Kansas City Royals • Courtney McCool – olympian • Phil McGraw – psychologist and talk show host, lived in area as teen • Jay McShann – Blues musician • Denny Matthews – sportscaster, author • Pat Metheny – jazz guitarist • Dennis Moore– Congressman politician • Paul Morrison – politician • Tommy Morrison – Boxer • Mancow Muller – radio host • Mike Murphy – radio talk show host • Richard B. Myers – United States Air Force General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff • John Jordan "Buck" O’Neil – professional baseball player for the Negro American League with the Kansas City Monarchs • Jesse Clyde Nichols – businessman, developer of commercial and residential real estate • William F. Nolan – author • Gordon Parks– writer director actor photographer • Satchel Paige – baseball player • Charlie Parker – jazz saxophonist • Melissa Parsons - soda jerk, world traveller • H.O. Peet – industrialist founder of Colgate-Palmolive • Rodney Peete – ex-NFL player and now Fox Sports tv host

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• Darrell Porter – professional baseball player, author • Albert Pujols – baseball player who lives in Kansas City and plays for St. Louis Cardinals • Joe Randa – professional baseball player • Bullet Rogan – professional baseball player • Paul Rudd – actor in such films as Clueless, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy • Brandon Rush – NBA player • Kareem Rush – NBA player • Candy Samples – pornographic actress • Rachel Saunders – 2005 Miss Kansas USA • Melana Scantlin– former Miss Missouri USA and Average Joe star and also cohost of the World Series of Blackjack • Crystal Smith – former playmate • Sam Simmons– NFL player with Steelers • Kate Spade – Fashion designer • Casey Stengel – professional baseball player • Dee Wallace-Stone – actress, mother in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial • Mike Sweeney – baseball player with Oakland Athletics • Justin Swift– Detroit Lions NFL Football player • Tony Temple– Cleveland Browns football player, leading rusher (281 yards) in Cotton Bowl while playing for the Missouri Tigers. • Virgil Thomson– Pulitzer Prize-winning composer • Lisa Writer – writer • Derrick Thomas – professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs • Bobb’e J. Thompson – American child actor • Calvin Trillin – journalist, humorist, and novelist • Marion A. Trozzolo – businessman, River Quay • Harry S. Truman – 33rd President of the United States (Independence, Missouri) • Big Joe Turner – blues singer • Henry Clay Van Noy – businessman, owner of the Van Noy Railway News and Hotel Company (today known as HMSHost) • Matt Vogel – Muppets Performer and Sesame Street Muppeteer • Amy Wagstaff – 1992 olympic swimmer • Earl Watson– Basketball player • Tom Watson – professional golfer


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• Dianne Wiest – actress • Jason Whitlock – sports journalist for the The Kansas City Star and former ESPN Contributor • Charles Wheeler (politician) Former Kansas City Mayor • Frank White – former professional baseball player • Jason Wiles – actor (known for the role of Maurice ’Bosco’ Boscorelli in the TV series Third Watch), film director • Barry Winchell – Private First Class, murdered by a fellow soldier for his sexual orientation • Chely Wright – Country Music singer • Katie Wright – actress • Smoky Joe Wood – a.k.a. The Kansas Cyclone; professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians • Aaron Yates aka Tech N9ne; rapper • Jonathan Coachman – wrestling commentator & former college basketball player • Wes Scantlin - Lead singer and Rythymn Guitarist of the rock band Puddle of Mudd, cousin of Melana Scantlin

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Sister cities
As of April 2009, Kansas City has 13 sister cities:[47] • • • • • • Seville, Spain (1967) Kurashiki, Japan (1972) Morelia, Mexico (1973) Freetown, Sierra Leone (1974) Tainan City, Republic of China (Taiwan)(1978)

Liberty Memorial by night.

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Xi’an, People’s Republic of China (1989) • Guadalajara, Mexico (1991) • Hannover, Germany (1993) • Port Harcourt, Nigeria (1993) • • • • Arusha, Tanzania (1995) San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico (1997) Ramla, Israel (1998) Ville de Metz, France (2004)

See also
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[45] Missouri Gaming Commission: The History of Riverboat Gambling in Missouri [46] The Kansas City Star, June 13, 2008: Missouri riverboat casinos’ revenue increases in May. [47] http://www.kcsistercities.org www.kcsistercities.org • • • •

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Official Travel and Tourism Site Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Kansas City Music and Cuisine Kansas City, Missouri is at coordinates 39°06′N 94°35′W / 39.10°N 94.58°W / 39.10; -94.58 (Kansas City, Missouri)Coordinates: 39°06′N 94°35′W / 39.10°N 94.58°W / 39.10; -94.58 (Kansas City, Missouri)

External links
• Official City Website

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