10 Fast Facts about KC

Kansas City Travel Blog

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Fact 1: With more than 200 aquatic displays, Kansas City boasts more fountains than any other city in the world, with the exception of Rome. Many of the city's fountains are found at Country Club Plaza.

Fact 2: Prior to the founding of Kansas City, the area was known as Westport. The settlement, built along the Santa Fe Trail, served as an outfitting center for wagons heading west.

Fact 3: Who doesn't love a Hallmark commercial? Headquarters for the world's largest maker of greeting cards are based in Kansas City. The complex in which the company resides, Crown Center, also houses an 85-acre shopping mall and a covered outdoor skating rink.

Fact 4: Kansas City really consists of two adjacent cities. One is located in Wyandotte County in NE Kansas. The other, located in NW Missouri, is the largest city of the two.

Fact 5: Fore! American golfer, Tom Watson, was born in Kansas City. Watson was considered the successor to Jack Nicklaus as the sport's best player in the late 70s and early 80s.

Fact 6: Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, was originally a Mormon settlement. President Harry S. Truman was a resident of Independence and is buried on the grounds of the Truman Library.

Fact 7: Kansas City, here I come! A mecca for the modern jazz style of the 20s and 30s, Kansas City attracted musicians from across the U.S., thanks in part to the city's stable economy. Jazz greats Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Big Joe Turner, Buster Smith and Jay McShann all have musical roots here. In the mid-30s, Kansas City had well over 400 night clubs, cabarets, burlesque houses and dance halls, earning it the nickname "Paris of the Plains."

Fact 8: Kansas City is known as the "Heart of America," since it is located within 250 miles of both the geographic center and the population centers of the U.S. The maximum distance from Kansas City to anywhere in the continental U.S. is approximately 1900 miles.

Fact 9: M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E! While residing in Kansas City, Walt Disney created his most famous and most beloved cartoon character, Mickey Mouse.

Fact 10: Many of Americans' favorite things were invented in the Heart of America, including Teflon, Eskimo Pies, Rival Crock Pots, the candy coating on M&M's, the wax coated ice cream container, Wishbone salad dressing, and the McDonald's Happy Meal. Thanks, Kansas City! You've made life much easier and more enjoyable!

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