Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Independence Avenue was given its name because it extended from the central business district of Kansas City to Independence. In 1893, the Board of Park Commissioners selected a portion of Independence Avenue to become the first boulevard in the Kansas Parks and Boulevards System. Independence Avenue at that time featured some of the finest residences in the city, including those of civic leaders August Meyer and Robert Gilham.
The park board acquired and completed the portion of Independence Avenue between Woodland and Gladstone Avenues in 1895. The portion of roadway between Gladstone Avenue and Benton Boulevard was acquired in 1896, and the portion between Woodland and Dykington Avenues was acquired in 1897. Both sections were finished in 1899. When completed, Independence Boulevard totaled 0.96 miles from Woodland Avenue to Benton Boulevard.
By 1914 many of the largest residences originally lining Independence Boulevard had disappeared. The boulevard had begun to resemble its current character, a commercial thoroughfare carrying heavier traffic than the other boulevards in the parks and boulevards system.
Location. 39° 6.385′ N, 94° 33.07′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Independence Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scarritt Point Neighborhood (approx. 0.3 miles away); Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital (approx. half a mile away); Gladstone Boulevard Bridge over Anderson Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Scarritt Point (approx. 0.8 miles away); Holy Rosary's Bell Tower Cross (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ms. Myra Taylor (approx. 1.2 miles away); Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
Also see . . . Kansas City Parks & Boulevard System. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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