Kansas City Missouri skyline of the city

September 28, 1811

Birthday of John Calvin McCoy. The “Father of Kansas City” went to the area to do missionary work. He built a cabin in the Westport area and did business with the eventual travelers on the Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trail.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.