Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
If you wanted a steak in New York before 1867, you pretty much had to wait until your dinner came in on four legs from Texas to the railheads in central Missouri, and finally hitched a train to Chicago. It was there that cattle were unceremoniously turned into top sirloin and T-bones, and sent by train to restaurants on the East Coast.
But 800-mile cattle drives from Texas to Missouri were hardly an efficient way to move meat. There were weather, bandits and Indian Territory with which to contend. Thatís what got meat packer, Joseph McCoy, thinking. As the Kansas Pacific Railroad stretched from Kansas City to the west, McCoy searched for a new spot for a railhead in Kansas. That, he figured, could cut hundreds of miles off the cattle drive. He found his spot in Abilene, and the railhead was established. That same year, Octave Chanute began building the Hannibal Bridge, the first span across the Missouri River at Kansas City; thus completing the link between east and west trade.
Of course, in the 20th century, rails were necessary to move people more quickly as well. In 1914, Kansas City celebrated the opening of Union Station, designed by Chicago architect, Jarvis Hunt. Soldiers from two world wars said good-bye to their loved ones here, and the lucky ones returned through its gates to be reunited again at the warís
Today, Union Station has been returned to its glorious Beaux-Arts opulence and is now home to Science City Museum, as well as a host of popular entertainment and dining experiences. The station was placed on the National Historic Register in 1972.
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number B10.)
Location. 39° 18.746′ N, 94° 42.169′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Click for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk B10, 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. Art and Soul (within shouting distance of this marker); Football Fever (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); KC: On Flight (about 500 feet away); Home of BBQ (about 600 feet away); The American Royal (about 700 feet away); Atkins Gift (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mouse Tale (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
Also see . . .
1. History of Kansas City Southern Railway. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas City Union Station. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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