Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Downtown workers have come to believe that “wake up and smell the coffee” was a phrase coined right here in Kansas City. It’s all thanks to the local Folger Coffee Company Plant, which opened at 701 Broadway in 1938, at the suggestion of Folger’s salesman, Frank Atha. The aroma of coffee beans was always strongest in the morning, as it should be. Until the plant’s opening here, Folgers Coffee was roasted only in San Francisco, where the company had been founded in the late 1800s during the Gold Rush. By opening a second operation in the Midwest, Folger was able to expand its sales territory across the country. At the time of the plant opening here in 1938, coffee was going for 35 cents a pound, compared to the $5+ price tags today. Folger was purchased by Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Company in 1963. But, much to the pleasure of our city’s downtown office workers, P&G chose to keep the Kansas City-based plant that roasted the popular brew. Even non-coffee drinkers have agreed, the delicious fragrance provides a great way to wake up in the morning. Now that’s aromatherapy.
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number A2.)
Location. 39° 18.829′ N, 94° 41.851′ W. Marker Click for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk A2, in Economy Parking Lot A, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pony Express (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); KC Art Deco (about 500 feet away); Shoe Parties (about 600 feet away); Satchel Paige (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stockyards (approx. 0.2 miles away); All That Jazz (approx. 0.2 miles away); Airport History (approx. 0.2 miles away); KC's Baseball Story (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots' passenger kiosks each have unique historical markers and flashy artwork to help passengers remember where they parked.
Also see . . . Folgers History. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.