Downtown Kansas City has gone through many phases over the past 150 years. The Historic Garment District Museum focuses on the period when Kansas City played host to numerous garment manufacturers. The museum is located at 801 Broadway, in the area that once held a thriving garment industry.Continue reading →
For quite some time we have meant to visit The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. This Kansas City attraction, located at 5235 Oak Street, has been a mainstay for visitors and travelers since 1982.Continue reading →
Unfortunately, the owner of the Wings of Pride MD-83 airplane have decided to withdraw it from the tarmac, so visitors can no longer tour it. On a positive note, the museum has opened two new rooms to help with the overabundance of artifacts.
Let’s see a show of hands of the people who knew there is a TWA Museum in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Well it looks like some of you knew, but this was a surprise for us. We made a stop in on a Saturday morning to check it out. Located at 10 Richards Road, in the Charles B. Wheeler Airport, this unique museum highlights the 75 year lifespan of the airline. Feel free to visit them on Tuesday through Saturdays. They are open from 10:00 to 4:00 each of those days, but double-check if the weather is especially bad.Continue reading →
Just about everyone who has driven by 931 Broadway, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, has seen the bright red awning over the entrance of The Majestic Restaurant. The building started life over 100 years ago as the Fitzpatrick Saloon. Built in 1911, the same year Jim Pendergast (Boss Tom’s older brother) passed away, it housed the saloon and a bordello. At that time, it resided in the center of the city, and became a key location in its future. Continue reading →
Our visit to the Arabia Steamboat Museum reminded us why we like the City Market, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This place bustles with vendors, hawkers, musicians, shoppers, and history seekers. The last category is often on their way to the museum, which is located in one of the permanent buildings that surround the market. The Arabia was a side wheeled steamer built in 1853. It plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, before being purchased and relocated to the Missouri River.Continue reading →
Kansas City, Kansas isn’t as old as some of the other large Midwest cities. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have just as colorful a history as the others. A recent visit to the Huron Indian Cemetery, on 7th Street just north of Ann Avenue, reminded us just how unique our beginnings were. The name Huron was a derogatory nickname bestowed on the Wyandot Indian tribe by the French, in reference to the headpieces worn by tribe members. The grounds were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The cemetery has been officially renamed Wyandot National Burying Ground.Continue reading →
Sitting on 30 acres, on the east side of Lake Jacomo is Missouri Town 1855. This open air museum contains more than 25 structures dating from the time just before the Civil War. Interpreters, dressed in period attire, interact with visitors to explain the lifestyle of the era. Although Missouri Town was never an actual town, it was assembled to represent a mid-19th-century Missouri settlement. The assortment of buildings were moved to their current site from other locations in Missouri.
The first recorded “outsiders” to visit the Kansas City area were Lewis & Clark on June 26, 1804. They made their encampment at the confluence of the Missouri and Kaw Rivers, at what is now known as Kaw Point. For three days they rested, repaired their boats, and explored the countryside. They had been sent by President Jefferson, along with a crew of 51 men, to trace the Missouri River to its source. The hope was to find a route to the Pacific Ocean.Continue reading →
The Rosedale Memorial Arch is dedicated to the servicemen who served in World War 1. It was designed by John Leroy Marshall, who’s inspiration was the “Arc de Triomph” in France.
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We’ve all seen the pictures from the Kansas City Royal’s World Series rally at Union Station. Everyone remarked about how large of a crowd assembled, and how it was such an oddity. Well it was not the first time in Kansas City history that a massive crowd assembled near this site. If you were able to travel back to 1921 you would behold another massive gathering near these grounds. It may not have been 800,000 people, but considering the travel conditions of those days it was still an impressive event. This large mass of humanity gathered to witness a once in a lifetime event commemorating the dedication of the first World War I Museum to be built in the United States. Continue reading →