Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The American Royal
Kansas Citians may have hung up their cowboy hats for business suits, but we’re still mighty proud of our “Cowtown” past. In fact, we celebrate it every year with one of the oldest livestock shows in the country – The American Royal.
Established in 1899, The Royal began as a modest Hereford cattle show in a tent. But, by 1921, The Royal had grown so large; Kansas City gave the show its first 7.5-acre building. One of the show’s early-featured equestrians was Tom Bass, born a slave, who went on to train horses for Teddy Roosevelt, Will Rogers and Buffalo Bill.
Today, it takes four massive buildings to house all of the American Royal’s activities, which include everything from horse shows to rodeos to petting zoos. In recent years, this major fall event has drawn audiences of 250,000+, as well as the hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls form all over the country who come to participate in the best calf-ropin’, bronco bustin’, horse trottin’ contests around. The Royal also features nightly performances by the country’s top names in music.
Each year, the event kicks off with the largest barbecue contest in the world, which sends mouth-watering aromas all over the city. There’s also a parade of livestock that struts its stuff right past downtown offices. Anyone for a cattle drive?
Location. 39° 18.747′ N, 94° 42.326′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Click for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk B8, in Economy Parking Lot B, 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. Football Fever (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mouse Tale (about 500 feet away); Home of BBQ (about 600 feet away); Rail Center (about 700 feet away); Art and Soul (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Country Club Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); KC: On Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hale: The Firepole (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 . . .
1. History of the American Royal. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Belles Of The American Royal. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Animals • Education • Entertainment •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. 5. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.