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Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Garment District

 
 
The Garment District Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
1. The Garment District Marker
Inscription.
Back in 1915, wearing a good pair of jeans wasnít a fashion statement; it was a necessity for working in the factories and on farms. And Kansas Citian, H.D. Lee, was ready to answer the need. Leeís company was one of the first businesses to settle in what would become known as the Garment District of Kansas City.

The cityís clothing manufacturers were instrumental in developing the “section system” for use with womenís clothing – an unprecedented move that would have a profound effect on the cityís clothing industry. The “section system” was a mass production method of assembly of parts to form a finished garment. It worked so well that the garment makers were able to reduce their costs and tremendously expand their businesses.

By the 1920s, Kansas Cityís Garment District was alive with the sounds of sewing machines from companies like Donnelly Garment Company, makers of the Nelly Don dress line, and from Stern-Slegman-Prins, makers of the Betty Rose label. By the end of the 1950s, some garment makers saw opportunities to save even more money. They picked up and moved their plants to small towns outside the city, and the Garment District slowly quieted down to its former stillness.

Today, the Districtís now-historic buildings are enjoying a Renaissance as home to stylish loft
The Garment District Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
2. The Garment District Marker
apartments and numerous businesses, but the city hasnít forgotten its colorful past. Plaques dotting the area note the important contribution that the District and its countless employees had on the early economy of our city and its people.
 
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number C5.)
 
Location. 39° 19.103′ N, 94° 41.874′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Click for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk C5, in Economy Parking Lot C, 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. Thomas Hart Benton (within shouting distance of this marker); On The River (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark (about 500 feet away); Swope Park (about 700 feet away); One of KC's Oldest (about 700 feet away); Sweet Tooth (about 800 feet away); All That Jazz (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Fountains (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
The Garment District Marker Artwork image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
3. The Garment District Marker Artwork
they parked.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kansas City Garment District Museum. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Garment District. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Economy Parking Lot C Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Economy Parking Lot C Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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