KANSAS CITY - MISSOURI

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

Kansas City

main

Population 460.000

 

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.

Kansas City was founded in 1838 as the "Town of Kansas" and officially incorporated on March 28, 1853.

 

 

 

 

 

 

main street theatre

 

 

 

 

In 1831 a group of Mormons from New York settled in an area that would later be part of Kansas City. They built the first school within the current boundaries of the city, but were forced out by mob violence in 1833 and their settlement was left vacant.

In 1833 John McCoy established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail, three miles away from the river. 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.

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 population exploded after 1869, when the Hannibal Bridge opened. The boom prompted a name change to Kansas City in 1889 and the city limits to extend south and east. In 1900, Kansas City was the 22nd largest city in the country, with 163,752 residents.

 

map 1861
map 1869

 

 

 

main street 1861 main street 1861

 

 

 

 

 

1910
main street 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956
main street 1956

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas City

Kansas City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas City