• Kansas City Timeline


      1821--The first white settlers arrived in the Kansas City area.  Francis Chouteau and his wife settled in the wilderness where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers join to run his fur trading business.
    1835--John Calvin McCoy founded Westport as a trading post near the Missouri River.
    1861--The Civil War began in America.  The people in Kansas City were divided because of slavery.
    1869--The Hannibal Bridge was built over the Missouri River.  This bridge allowed railroads into Kansas City and helped the city grow.  The bridge was torn down in 1917 and was replaced by a double-decker steel bridge.
      1889--Kansas City was officially named Kansas City.
    1903--The Missouri and Kaw Rivers flooded Kansas City.  Sixteen out of seventeen railroads were destroyed.  About 22,000 people fled their homes.
    1914--Kansas City Union Station opened as the second largest train station in the United States.  It was a central point of travel for many years in Kansas City and the United States.  It now hosts a science center, theater, and exhibits.
    1922--The Country Club Plaza was designed by J.C. Nichols.  It was built on Brush Creek and was built for people to live and shop.
    1924--The minor league baseball team, KC Monarchs won the Little World Series.
    1929--The Stock Market crashed, leaving many people in Kansas City without jobs.
    1945--Harry  S. Truman became the 33rd President of the United States.  He was from Independence, Missouri, a northern part of the Kansas City area.
    1951--The Missouri River flooded Kansas City.  Businesses were damaged and 20,000 people were homeless.
      1960--African Americans were elected to the Kansas City city council.
      1963--The Kansas City Chiefs began playing in Kansas City.  Owner, Lamar Hunt, named the team the Chiefs in honor of the Native American tribes that once lived in the area.
      1969--The Kansas City Royals began playing in Kansas City.  Ewing M. Kauffman was the first owner of the Kansas City Royals baseball team.
      1972--The Kansas City International airport opened.
    1988--The Steamboat Arabia was excavated and parts can now be seen at the Steamboat Arabia Museum.
    2008--Kansas City is now home to close to 2 million people and is known for many things, like Jazz music, Bar-be-cue, fountains, history, and much more.


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