Since its incorporation in 1853, the City of Kansas City, Mo., has burgeoned into a diverse metropolitan area with a rich history embodied by its many slogans: City of Fountains, Paris of the Plains, Heart of America and Barbeque Capital of the World, to name a few. Early on, the railroad industry identified Kansas City as a crucial logistical hub after Hannibal Bridge, the first bridge to cross the Missouri River, was built in 1869. Today, Kansas Citys industry has evolved to include underground technology-oriented distribution and logistics, animal-focused biosciences, premium printing and information technology. The City of Kansas City now encompasses 316 square miles, houses 460,000 people and stretches across the counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte.
Along with its diverse array of economic activity, Kansas City offers numerous cultural amenities for residents and has become a premier destination for travelers. In 2012, Kansas City, Mo., was declared a Top Destination by Frommers citing the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the National World War I Museum and the contemporary wing of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as must see cultural attractions. The City continues to strengthen its wealth of amenities; more than $9 billion in major improvements are under way across Kansas City, including the new downtown entertainment and nightlife district.
Kansas City History