The Rock Island Trail Connects KC to the Katy

The beauty of trails is found in the slow pace, which allows riders to truly experience places. The Rock Island Trail, connecting the greater Kansas City area to Missouri’s Katy Trail system, is an experience to savor whether you are walking, cycling, or on horseback.


October 6, 1870

The first large theater in Kansas City, The Coates Opera House, opened on this day. The theater was destroyed in 1901 by a fire.


September 20, 1948

Three policemen and one bystander were killed in what came to be known as Kansas City’s Paseo Massacre.  


September 18, 1880

The Kansas City Star was established and published its first edition. 


September 9, 1956

The Broadway Bridge, which crosses the Missouri River, opened in Kansas City. 


July 22, 1873

Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast was born. Known for using nefarious methods to get his way, Pendergast ran the town of Kansas City and the surrounding Jackson County area for nearly fifteen years, from 1925 to 1939.


Dog Days

Undoubtedly, 1904 was a big year for the hot dog. Its most famous topping, French’s yellow mustard, and the hot dog itself were both exposed to the masses at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. New York can claim French’s as its own, but the biggest hot dog purveyor at the fair was a Missourian.


June 17, 1933

Pretty Boy Floyd and his gang were implicated in killing four policemen and their prisoner in front of the Union Station in Kansas City.  This event has come to be known as the Kansas City Massacre.  


Our History Over There

100 years ago in April, Missourians and other Americans left home to fight in the First World War. Here are their stories.


March 17, 1804

Mountain man, Jim Bridger was born.