"The City of Fountains" to many people and the home of swing and bebop for many others, but without a doubt, this beautiful metropolis of Kansas City is different things to different people. Music enthusiasts are drawn to the jazz clubs and old haunts of famous musicians such as Charlie Parker and Count Basie.
We were totally surprised and amazed when we found out Kansas City has more fountains than any other city in the world, except maybe Rome. The exact number of fountains is not known as new public and private fountains are added regularly, but it is safe to say the number surpasses 200 of them, from large and majestic to small and whimsical, each KC fountain has a character all its own. And by the way, this tally does not include the numerous fountains at corporations and sub-division entrances, office atriums, private gardens and homes.
There is ample opportunity for scenic strolling from fountain to fountain. Stop along the way to discover interesting neighborhoods and browse through eclectic shops. Families are particularly attracted to the city because of its child-friendly events and venues. Science City features hands-on exhibits including a mock television studio where kids can deliver a weather forecast, while the Zoo houses impressive African and Australian exhibits plus an IMAX Theater. The city's museums cover everything from the history of jazz music to a celebration of African American baseball players. Once a trading post for pioneers heading to the Western United States, today Kansas City is a burgeoning metropolis with activities and attractions for visitors of all ages and interests.
Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri. It is located in the western part of the state, at the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. Kansas City is located in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass counties.
In 1821, the year Missouri entered the Union, French trader François Chouteau came from St. Louis to establish a trading post on the site of the present city to take advantage of the growing fur trade with the Kansa, Osage, Wyandotte, and other tribes. In 1833, a settlement called Westport Landing was laid out by John Calvin McCoy and developed. The community became the Town of Kansas and was incorporated as a city in 1850 and renamed Kansas City in 1889. The city's name reflects its Native American heritage - its site was within the territory of the Kansa, or Kaw, Indians.
The city grew rapidly in the mid-1880s as the starting point for gold prospectors and settlers heading westward. The coming of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad in 1865 and the spanning of the Missouri River by the Hannibal Bridge in 1869 also contributed to the city's growth. It also prospered as a center for the nation's cattle business.
The Kansas City metropolitan area, once known primarily for agriculture and manufacturing, has expanded its economic base to include strong growth in areas of telecommunications, banking and finance, and the service industry. A transportation hub since the 1800s, the area enjoys a national and regional prominence as a distribution and manufacturing center. Kansas City ranks nationally as first in greeting-card publishing (Hallmark Cards is located there), frozen food storage and distribution, and hard winter-wheat marketing; second in wheat flour production; and third in auto and truck assembly. The area is one of ten federal regional centers, and the federal, state, and local governments are among the top employers. The city is also a regional center for health care.
Fueled by a remarkable $9 billion renaissance, Kansas City is one amazing destination that is truly resonating in many parts of the world these days as an unexpected place on the rise. From the astonishing buildings, to the passion of sports, attractions, weather, the Renaissance Festival or the amazing American Royal, spanning more than two and a half months, which includes more than 40 activities encompassing everything from debutante balls to barrel racing, and with a history of more than 110 years, it’s quite reasonable that the American Royal can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming for first timers. Even those who think they know the American Royal may not know everything about this classic Kansas City icon, an event that defines Kansas City perhaps more than anything else in this radiant metropolis.