History of Kansas City

When we are not busy providing the best garage door repair Kansas City has ever known, we are deep into studying the history of this great place! The history of Kansas City traces back to the year 1821 which is now the largest city in Missouri. A Frenchman by the name Francois Chouteau established a trading post 3 miles from bends of river Missouri which is the current Northeast Industrial District. In 1826, the business was affected by floods, so he had no option but to move to higher grounds; the current Troost Avenue. Chouteau then joined with other French families in Kansas City to establish the first non-Indian settlement. After a few years, another entrepreneur by the name McCoy opened a business in Santa Fe Trail a few miles from Chouteau’s business. McCoy then discovered the best spot for transferring supplies through Missouri river. He later joined hands with other men to form the first downtown district which was later incorporated in 1850 which is now the current Kansas City. By then, it had a population of 500 people and was being led by William S. Gregory as the first mayor.

The Civil War

Before the civil war began, there were two groups of people; those who wanted a slave state and those who wanted a free state. In fact, the pro-South residents and anti-slavery groups had disagreements for 6 years on the Missouri-Kansas border. The other issue which brought about the civil war was based on whether the Kansas City could join the union. In 1863, the jail that was being used by the union army collapsed and William Quantrill’s people were killed. William sought for revenge where 150 people were killed. In 1864, the union army broke their power.

The Influence of Railroads

When the war was over, there was competition on trade dominance between the City of Kansas and Leavenworth. Kansas City became the winner and facilitated the construction of Hannibal Bridge along river Missouri since over the years there was no bridge to cross the river. The bridge was officially opened in 1869 and was used as a railroad. However, in 1917 the bridge was replaced with a new one with a separate part for trains and motor vehicles. In 1956, the section that was used by motor vehicles was closed. The railroads were used in transporting cattle. In fact, Kansas became a major market for cattle which had started immediately after the civil war. From that time, Kansas City stockyards became a famous place for cattle.

Annexation and Other Growth

The Kansas City began to grow at a fast rate after the 2nd world war. Between late 1950’s and early 1960’s, there were some annexations in the city area increased to 316 sq miles. Consequently, the population grew to 435,000 people. This led to the creation of four counties which were named; Clay, Cass, Jackson and Platte counties. In addition Kansas City International Airport was completed and had an area of 4,700-acre.Further, the Kemper Arena became a football stadium and the Exposition Hall became a baseball stadium in 1974 and 1976 respectively.

Today, Kansas City is well known for it’s automobile assembly plants, underground storage industries and the unprecedented contribution to foreign trade. It is definitely one of the cities that receive many foreign visitors.

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