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Kansas City History, Kansas

Kansas City is counted among the largest cities of the United States of America. It is located 147 miles from Lincoln and 152 miles from Omaha.

Founded in 1838, Kansas City was known as “The Town of Kansas” located at the confluence of Missouri and Kansas rivers. Including the well known battle of Westport, Kansas has been a site for various famous battles in the past.

In 1821, a Frenchman named Francois Chouteau came to Missouri River to established a great trading post over the waterway. Another young man called John Calvin McCoy also opened a store inland over Santa Fe Trail. A rock ledge was also found by him towards the southern shore of Missouri River.

Kansas History-Its Name

This town retained the name even after being incorporated and after Jackson County granted it a charter in 1850. Officially, Kansas City was incorporated in 1853 on 28 March. In 1880, William R Nelson bought Kansas City Star Newspaper. He urged the public to build their pioneer convention hall and later opened it for public in 1899. In 1889, a new charter was adopted by the city in which a governing body was decided.

This city became prominently visible to the entire world in 1850, during the Civil War when it claimed its freedom. On seeking freedom by the residents, strong skirmishes between anti- slavery forces and the pro- slavery forces began at an incredible pitch along the very Kansas- Missouri border. By the year 1864, all issues were resolved and the civil war was pacified.

Kansas History-Major breakthrough

The coming of the railroads in the years that followed was a major breakthrough for the Kansas residents. The cattle industry flourished immensely because of it and a stockyard came to be found in 1870. When the Treaty of Paris was being signed, this region was taken over by the Spanish but they could not play a major role in its development. They could only cater to licensing of the traffic and taxing on Missouri River.

When World War I just began, Kansas City was under strong influence of the Pendergasts family. During their era, this city saw great construction projects and betterment of the city’s infrastructure. It was basically after the World War II when the city saw rapid growth. Many significant developments too place like building of 4,700 acre spanning Kansas City International Airport, baseball and football stadiums in 1972, Kemper Arena in 1974 and in 1976 the H. Roe Bartle Exposition Hall.

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