Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Next time you open up a cool Eskimo Pie or a creamy Valomilk candy, youíll appreciate them even more if you consider the colorful history behind these sweet treats. Eskimo Pies gained fame thanks to candy man Russell Stover, who partnered with inventor Christian Kent Nelson to market these round frozen treats to America.
First patented in 1922, the patent was later thrown out in 1929 due to “lack of invention.” Even the word “pie” was invalidated since the judge declared it had too many other uses. In 1955, however, the Eskimo Pie found its place in ice cream history land (and the patent books). Thatís when Nelson invented the Eskimo Machine, which created the familiar bar shape still enjoyed today.
Valomilk Candy Cups, a Kansas City favorite, was born (by accident) in 1903 in Iola, Kansas, about 100 miles southwest of the city. When a batch of marshmallow failed to set, candy maker Harry Sifers, never one to waste, decided to dip scoops of the runny marshmallow goo into chocolate cups, and the rest is history.
Our town is also home to one of the most famous biscuit and cookie companies in America, Sunshine Biscuit Company. Established around 1902 by brothers Jacob and Joseph Loose and their partner, John H. Wiles, Sunshine Biscuits was famous for their Popeye character cookies, as
Today, Sunshine Biscuits is a division of Keebler, and you can still see their name on such favorites as Cheez-it crackers and Hydrox sandwich cookies. Donít forget the milk!
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number C8.)
Location. 39° 19.026′ N, 94° 41.748′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Touch for map. Marker is at Passenger Kiosk C8, 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. One of KC's Oldest (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark (about 300 feet away); City of Fountains (about 400 feet away); On The River (about 400 feet away); Heart of the Nation (about 500 feet away); All That Jazz (about 600 feet away); Thomas Hart Benton (about 700 feet away); The Garment District (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. The Economy Parking Lots'
Also see . . .
1. Eskimo Pie History and Corporate Records. (Submitted on June 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Valomilk Candy Cups. (Submitted on June 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Loose-Wiles (Sunshine) Biscuit Company. (Submitted on June 8, 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 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 376 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on June 7, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.