Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Railroads and cattle. The two were made for each other, and nowhere did that become more evident than right here in Kansas City.
As cattlemen began using the expanding Kansas Pacific railroad to move cattle more quickly from Texas to points east, Kansas City became a critical railhead along the way. Its central location, and the fact that corn supplies and rivers for watering were plentiful, made the town the ideal rest stop for weary cattle and cowboys. As the Kansas Pacificís advertisements put it, “your stock will finish the trip fat, rested and fit for the auction block.”
It became quickly apparent that a few makeshift pens could not support the huge and growing influx of cattle. So, in 1871, 13 acres of the cityís West Bottoms area were converted into stockyards that served not only the Kansas Pacificís cattle business, but all railroads that needed a place to hold their herds while in Kansas City. In the late 1800s, the success of the stockyards led to a boom in the meatpacking industry, and thousands of jobs were created for needy Kansas Citians.
Then, in 1917, the stockyards were consumed by a fire, which killed 17,000 cattle and hogs, and destroyed half the structures in the yards. The damage amounted to what would equal over $20 million in todayís dollars. The stockyards were rebuilt
Finally, in 1991, the stockyards held its last cattle auction and closed forever, although the city still wears its nickname, “Cowtown,” with pride and affection.
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number A5.)
Location. 39° 18.866′ N, 94° 41.677′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk A5, 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. Satchel Paige (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shoe Parties (about 400 feet away); KC Art Deco (about 500 feet away); Heart of the Nation (about 600 feet away); City of Fountains (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pony Express (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aromatherapy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweet Tooth (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
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Also see . . .
1. Kansas City Stockyards. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Stockyards Photos by Richard Loftis. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kansas City Stockyards by Institute for Labor Studies. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Stockyards History and Revitalization by Bottoms Up. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 552 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5, 6. submitted on September 6, 2015.