About Kansas City
Oft cited for having the best barbeque cuisine in America, Kansas City, Missouri, should not be confused with Kansas City, Kansas, although the proximity of the two cities has caused an inevitable coalescence referred to as the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Cartoonist and entrepreneur Walt Disney established his first animation studio in Kansas City, and the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium can claim it has hosted more NCAA championship basketball games than any other arena in the country.
Kansas City, Missouri, is located on the Kansas-Missouri state border on the banks of the Missouri River. The city is about 200 miles northeast of Wichita, Kansas, and 250 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri. Kansas City falls in the Central Standard Time zone and is 128 square-miles in area. On average, Kansas City’s hottest month is July, its coldest month is January, and its wettest month is May.
The city is in Wyandotte County, where it also is the county seat. General Motors, the University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center are but three of the largest employers in Kansas City. Major operations that call Kansas City home include Proctor & Gamble, Associated Wholesaler Grocers, Owens Corning and Kellogg’s. The city has a deep heritage based on industrial and manufacturing ventures, and it boasts an approximate 30 million square-feet of industrial space.
The Intrepid Traveler named the Kansas City Zoo as one of “America’s Best Zoos.” Art-lovers will enjoy spending time among more than 60 city art galleries and may also find interest in the Country Club Plaza, an outdoors-space that showcases Spanish-English architecture. For other kitschy stop-offs, there is the Hallmark Visitor’s Center, an exhibit dedicated to Joyce C. Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards, and the infamous outlaw Jesse James has both his childhood home and his first bank bust on display at the Jesse James Bank Museum.
Kansas City, Missouri, attractions include Ameristar Casino, Argosy Riverside Casino, Flamingo Hilton Casino and Harrah’s Casino. Residents and tourists alike frequent the Starlight Theatre, the Blue Room, American Heartland Theatre and Folly Theater.
Among the area universities are the Kansas City Art Institute, Avila University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and DeVry University. The Kansas City sports teams are the Wizards, Chiefs, Royals, Comets and Knights.
Lodging in Kansas City, Missouri, can easily become an ultra-swank affair. The Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa includes an onsite health club and full-service spa, as well as the titular casino for adventurous gamblers. The Chateau Avalon is located within walking distance to the Country Club Plaza shopping district. Accommodations with fewer frills can be conveniently found all around the city.
Written by Michael Paul Maupin