Kansas City is the third largest city in the U.S. State of Kansas and is the county seat of Wyandotte County. It is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri and is the third largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The city is part of the “Unified Government” which also includes the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 146,867. The city is situated at Kaw point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
Kansas city, Kansas dates back to the middle of the 1800’s. Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) forned in 1868 and incorporated in October 1872. It was one of the nation’s 100 largest cities for many US Census counts, from 1890-1960, including 1920, when it had over 100,000 residents for the first time. In 1997, voter approved a Unified Government for the county and city. The Kansas City Metropolitan Area, straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, was a good place to build several settlements. When the area was opened to Euro-American settlement, the area becamse the first battlefield in the conflict over slvery and sounterh secession that led to the American Civil War. The first city election was held October 22 1872, by order of Judge Hiram Stevens of the Tenth Judicial District, and resulted in the election of Mayor James Boyle.
Kansas City, Kansas, is organized into a system of neighborhoods, some with histories as independent cities or the sites of major events. Village West, located at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435, is a development that has significantly fueled growth in KCK and Wyandotte County. Anchored by the Kansas Speedway, its attractions and retailers include The Legends At Village West, Phoenix Theatres at The Legends 14, Cabela’s, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Great Wolf Lodge, and Community America Ballpark,, home to the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League, and the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer. Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, a 370-acre resort and waterpark.
Sites of Interest
Memorial Hall (KCK) is a 3,500-seat indoor arena/auditorium located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The venue, which has a permanent stage, is used for public assemblies, concerts and sporting events.
Kansas Speedway is an auto racetrack in western Kansas City, Kansas. A 1-1/2 mile tri-oval, the speedway has 15-degree banking in its turns. The speedway held its first race on June 2, 2001 with the Winston West series' Kansas 100.
In 1887, John G. Braecklein constructed a Victorian home for John and Margaret Scroggs in the area of Strawberry Hill. It is a fine example of the Queen Anne Style architecture erected in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Rosedale Arch, dedicated to the men of Kansas City, Kansas who served in World War I, is a small-scale replica of France's famous Arc de Triomphe. It is located on Mount Marty in Rosedale, overlooking the intersection of Rainbow and Southwest boulevards.
The Grinter Place is near the Delaware Crossing (or "Military Crossing"; sometimes "the Secondine") which allowed passage from the old Indian trail when that trail met the waters of the Kaw River. In 1826, Tenskwatawa established a village in Turner and later moved to Whitefeather Spring in Argentine.