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Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Convention Center

 
 
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By Thomas Onions, November 11, 2011
1. Convention Center Marker
Closeup of Marker
Inscription. Kansas City’s expression of service and hospitality has a rich historical heritage starting in 1899, when the original convention hall opened with a concert by John Philip Sousa and his band. The success of the hall was proven when the Democratic National Convention was scheduled for the next year. Tragedy struck just three months before the opening of the convention when the hall burned to the ground. News was flashed across the country that Convention Hall was in flames, and it was assumed that Kansas City would have to abandon all thoughts of entertaining the Democratic National Convention. Other cities renewed their efforts for the honor of hosting the convention. However, the legendary Kansas City spirit rallied to the cause and rebuilt a larger and better convention hall in only ninety days and opened on July 4, 1900, with the Democratic National Convention, at which time William Jennings Bryan was nominated to the presidency. The hall was the scene of many triumphs; Adeline Patti sang to a packed house and Paderewski played to his largest audience. People of national repute addressed great gatherings in Convention Hall. The Priests of Pallas held its festival in the hall, in addition to many society and public gatherings. During the great flood of 1903, the hall was opened as a place of refuge for those driven by rising waters
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By Thomas Onions, November 11, 2011
2. Convention Center Marker
Area photo of Marker
one of the most important convention cities in the Unitied States and constructed a greater and larger convention facility, the present Municipal Auditorium; and again in the 1970’s the H. Roe Bartle Exposition Hall. This commemorative plaque is in recognition of Kansas City’s Traditional spirit to serve its citizens and visitors.
 
Erected 1978 by Native Sons of Kansas City.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City marker series.
 
Location. 39° 5.932′ N, 94° 35.199′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on 13th Street 0.1 miles east of Central Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old French Kansas City (a few steps from this marker); Kansas City Municipal Auditorium (within shouting distance of this marker); "Bronco Buster" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aladdin Hotel (about 400 feet away); Reverend Bernard Donnelly (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chouteau’s Church (St. Francis Regis)
Convention Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2015
3. Convention Center Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Camp Union (approx. ¼ mile away); First Meeting of Sertoma International (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is right across the street from Municipal Auditorium. Parking will be at a premium, especially during the week and during conventions.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry on the 1900 Democratic Convention. (Submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Kansas City Convention Bureau. (Submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. Wikipedia entry for Barney Allis Plaza. (Submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
4. William Jennings Bryan. (Submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
5. Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City. This is the group responsible for the marker. (Submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
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Convention Hall Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1920s
4. Convention Hall Photo on Marker
Convention Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2015
5. Convention Center Marker
Looking north across 13th Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on July 26, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2011, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.   3, 4, 5. submitted on September 5, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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