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° 6.366′ N, 94° 32.874′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2807 Independence Avenue, 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. Scarritt Point Neighborhood (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Independence Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gladstone Boulevard Bridge over Anderson Avenue (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scarritt Point (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ms. Myra Taylor (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kansas City Call (approx. 1.3 miles away); Roy Wilkins (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. An identical marker is near the northwest corner of the same intersection.
Also see . . . Kansas City Parks & Boulevard System and George Kessler. (Submitted on March 9, 2013, 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 March 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.