Kansas City FAQs

Are the Kansas City Stockyards still open and operating?

No. The Kansas City Stockyards, after 120 years in business, closed October 1991.

Although no longer existing, the stockyards and all its concomitant industries should never be forgotten. They contributed greatly to the foundation of Kansas City's development and economy.

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When did Satchel Paige join the Kansas City Monarchs?

Legendary pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige, born in Mobile, Alabama, around 1906, began fine-tuning his arm in his teens and joined his first professional team, the Mobile Tigers, in 1924. Throughout the 1920s and '30s, Paige made a national name for himself pitching both for barnstorming baseball teams and

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How many fountains are in Kansas City?

The City of Fountains Foundation has registered 200 fountains in the metropolitan area. This tally does not include the numerous fountains at corporation and sub-division entrances, office atriums, private gardens and homes.

City promotional materials extol the attractions of Kansas City and commonly state that only Rome has more fountains

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What is Walt Disney's connection to Kansas City?

Born in Chicago, Walt Disney and his family moved to Kansas City when he was nine years old. They lived at 3028 Bellefontaine.

While attending Benton Elementary School, Disney took Saturday drawing classes at the Kansas

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When was the Union Station Massacre? What is the story behind it?

The Union Station Massacre took place on the morning of June 17, 1933. Convicted bank robber Frank Nash had escaped from the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, only to be recaptured in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was brought by train back to Kansas City, and from here, federal and local law enforcement officers planned to drive him back to Leavenworth.

As Nash’s custodians, however,

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What is the oldest book in the Missouri Valley Special Collections?

The oldest book currently held in the MVSC is Mathematical tables penned by Sir Jonas Moore in 1653. As you may suppose, the pages within cover a great breadth and depth of mathematical computations. Longtime Kansas City school superintendent J. M. Greenwood autographed this copy and presented it to

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What is the artwork on display in the Missouri Valley room?

The Missouri Valley room has sculptures, framed maps and artwork, and a commemorative plate adorning its walls and shelves. The list below provides a short description of each item in order, starting at the front desk and moving clockwise around the room.

National Agricultural Exposition poster (behind service desk)
Color lithograph advertising the National

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How do I access old newspapers?

Newspapers can be a gold mine of historical and genealogical information, but are not always easy to find and use. While many libraries and archives have some amount of physical newspapers in their collections, digitized and microfilmed versions are preferred for public use and long-term preservation. The following is an overview of accessing newspapers printed in the Kansas City area and

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