December 5, 1901

Innovator of animated cartoons, theme parks, and more, Walt Disney from Marceline and Kansas City was born on this day.

December 2, 1878

Westport became a part of Kansas City on this date in history.

November 17, 1786

Birthday of Dr. Benoist Troost. He was Kansas City's first physician, founded their first newspaper, and started the city's Chamber of Commerce. Troost Avenue is named for him.

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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.

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.