Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Country Club Plaza
Like Cinderella, Kansas City’s famous Country Club Plaza wasn’t always a glittering princess. In the late 1890s, the area, known as Brush Creek Valley, was still a marshland populated by beavers and foxes, and tread only by fur trappers, Native Americans and hardy settlers.
It’s amazing that anyone could ever see it as anything more than a swamp, but one man did. His name was J.C. Nichols. Born in Olathe, Kansas, in 1880, Nichols was blessed with the soul of an entrepreneur. He worked from the age of eight, and while still in college, he and a friend earned enough money to travel to Europe.
It was there that his vision of the Country Club Plaza began to take shape. Nichols’ bicycle tours took him through bustling marketplaces and towns filled with Old World charm, and he was especially entranced with the colorful tiled plazas of Spain. It was an inspiration that would one day lead to Nichols’ developing his famed Country Club Plaza.
When Plaza development finally began in 1922, the design included buildings with Spanish-style tiled roofs, ornate towers and courtyards. Nichols handpicked works of art to adorn the Plaza’s streets and sidewalks, including sculptures, fountains, wrought iron, and breathtaking tiled murals brought over from Europe.
The Plaza became known, and remains known, as the place
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number B4.)
Location. 39° 18.883′ N, 94° 42.325′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk B4, 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. Mouse Tale (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hale: The Firepole (about 400 feet away); Happy Trails (about 400 feet away); Home of BBQ (about 500 feet away); The Liberty Memorial (about 600 feet away); Atkins Gift (approx. 0.2 miles away); The American Royal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tribal Heritage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker.
Also see . . .
1. History of Country Club Plaza. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The J. C. Nichols Chronicle. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Images of Country Club Plaza. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
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 405 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.