2019 Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

You voted. We counted. Now you can discover some best-kept secrets and surprises around the state in eight different categories, such as culture, destinations, food, lore and legend, and more.


October 30, 1914

Kansas City's beautiful Union Station opened for business.


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.


September 20, 1866

The first passenger train ran between St. Louis and Kansas City.


September 15, 1806

At the future site of Downtown Kansas City men of the Lewis and Clark expedition were blaming the change from two years of cold, wet climate to that of Missouri's for all the discomfort they are feeling.


A Walk Through Missouri’s Largest Municipal Parks

Forest and Swope Park both rank among our nation's largest city parks by acreage, and both played important roles in the development of their communities.


September 5, 1997

The American Jazz Museum opened on East 18th Street in Kansas City's hotbed neighborhood for Jazz. They say "Jazz was born in New Orleans but grew up in Kansas City!"


August 30, 1901

Civil Rights activist, Roy Wilkins was born. He lived and worked in St. Louis and Kansas City.


August 29, 1920

Birthday of Charlie "Bird" Parker, the legendary saxophonist who grew up in Kansas City, MO.


August 27, 1896

Elmer F. Pierson was born in Kansas City on this day. He and his brother, John, founded the Vendo company, maker of the first reliable Coca-Cola vending machines. For years they dominated the vending machine industry.