- Kansas City, Kansas
official_name = City of Kansas City
nickname = Heart of Americahttp://got.net/~landauer/lists/CityOf.html (cf., "Kansas City, Kansas: Heart of America")]
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in Wyandotte, County in the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Wyandotte
established_title = Unified Government
established_date = 1997
area_total_sq_mi = 127.8
area_total_km2 = 331.0
area_land_sq_mi = 124.3
area_land_km2 = 321.8
area_water_sq_mi = 3.5
area_water_km2 = 9.2
population_footnotes = [cite web | title=Census Bureau Estimates Program (2005) | url=http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2005-all.csv | accessdate = ] [cite web | title=Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas:
April 1 2000to July 1 2005(CBSA-EST2005-01) | url=http://www.census.gov/population/www/estimates/metropop/2005/cbsa-01-fmt.csv | accessdate = ]
population_total = 146,866
population_density_km2 = 456.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1149
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 66101-66113, 66115, 66117-66119, 66160
area_code = 913
elevation_m = 266
elevation_ft = 740
latd = 39 |latm = 6 |lats = 24 |latNS = N
longd = 94 |longm = 40 |longs = 35 |longEW = W
website = http://www.wycokck.org/
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 20-36000GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0478635GR|3
Kansas City is the third largest
cityin the U.S. stateof Kansasand is the county seatof Wyandotte County. It is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouriand is the third largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The city is part of the "Unified Government" [ [http://www.wycokck.org wycokck.org] ] which also includes the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 146,867. The city is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
Abbreviations and nicknames
Kansas City, Kansas, is often abbreviated as "KCK", It is also nicknamed the "Heart of America" because it is within 250 miles (400 km) of both the geographic and population centers of the United States. Another nickname is "The Dot" [ [http://www.angelreyesblog.com/2006/12/articles/in-the-news/kck-the-dot-has-it-really-made-good/ KCK, The Dot... Has it Really Made Good?] ] or "The Dotte" [ [http://voices.kansascity.com/node/222 The 'Dotte Is The Spot] ] which pertains to Wyandotte County.
Kansas City, Kansas dates back to the middle of the 1800s. Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) formed in 1868 and incorporated in October 1872. It was one of the nation's 100 largest cities for many
US Censuscounts, from 1890-1960, including 1920, when it had over 100,000 residents for the first time. [ [Media:http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab15.txt] ] . In 1997, voters approved a Unified Government for the county and city.
Kansas City Metropolitan Area, straddling the border between Missouri and Kansas at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, was a good place to build several settlements. When the area was opened to Euro-American settlement, the area became the first battlefield in the conflict over slavery and southern secession that led to the American Civil War. The first city election was held October 22, 1872, by order of Judge Hiram Stevens of the Tenth Judicial District, and resulted in the election of Mayor James Boyle. The mayors of the city after its organization have been James Boyle, C. A. Eidemiller, A. S. Orbison, Eli Teedand Samuel McConnell. John Sheehanwas appointed Marshal in 1875, by Mayor Eli Teed. He was also Chief of Police, having a force of five men. In June, 1880, the Governor of Kansasproclaimed the city of Kansas City a city of the second class with the Mayor Samuel McConnellpresent. James E. Porterwas Mayor in 1910. Country musiclegend Patsy Clineperformed her last concert in Kansas City on March 3, 1963, two days before her death.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 127.8 sq mi ( 331.0 km²). 124.3 sq mi (321.8 km²) of it is land and 3.5 sq mi (9.2 km²) of it is water.
Kansas City, Kansas, is organized into a system of
neighborhoods, some with histories as independent cities or the sites of major events.
Neighborhoods of Kansas City, Kansas
Downtown Kansas City, Kansas
* Argentine, former home to the silver smeltery for which it was named.
* Armourdale, formerly a city, consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886.
* Armstrong, a town absorbed by Wyandotte.
* Beverly Hills
* Fairfax District, an industrial area along the Missouri River.
* Piper, home to the Kansas Speedway and the Legends Shopping Centre.
* Stoney Point
* Turner, community around the Wyandotte-Johnson County border to the Kansas River north-south, and from I-635 to I-435 east-west.
Parks and parkways
* City Park
Wyandotte County Park
Wyandotte County Lake Park
Kansas City is situated in "
Tornado Alley," a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountainsand Canadacollides with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms. The region is also prone to ice storms, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks. [ [http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/special_packages/star_history/calamities_crime/12508862.htm KC powerless as icy barrage pummels the area, leaves behind disaster zone] , Accessed 10 September 2006.] The MoKan area was subject to flooding, including the Great Flood of 1993and the Great Flood of 1951.
estimate=142320As of the census of 2000, there were 146,866 people, 55,500 households, and 36,241 families residing in the city. The
population densitywas 1,181.9 people per square mile (456.3/km²). There were 61,446 housing units at an average density of 494.5/sq mi (190.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.7% White, 30.12% African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 8.61% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.78% of the population.
There were 55,500 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the city the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,011, and the median income for a family was $39,491. Males had a median income of $30,992 versus $24,543 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $15,737. About 13.0% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
GM Fairfax plant
KCK is the home to the GM Fairfax plant, which manufactures the
Chevrolet Malibuand Saturn Aura.
Village West development
Village West, located at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 435 (11 miles from Downtown KCK), is a development that has significantly fueled growth in KCK and Wyandotte County. Anchored by the Kansas Speedway, its attractions and retailers include The Legends At Village West, Phoenix Theatres at The Legends 14, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Great Wolf Lodge, and CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home to the Kansas City T-Bonesof the Northern League. Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, a convert|370|acre|km2|sing=on resort and waterpark, is scheduled to open across I-435 from Village West in 2009. There are also plans to open a Hard Rock destination resort casino nearby.
Law and government
Kansas City, Kansas has a
consolidated city-countygovernment in which the city and county have been merged into one jurisdiction. As such, it is simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation; and a county, which is an administrative division of a state.
Kansas City, Kansas Police Departmentwas founded in 1898. In 1914, it had one of the first motorcycle units in the nation. By 1918, it was taking photographs and fingerprints of all the felons it arrested.
Of the statistics available in 2000 based on data collected by the
FBIas part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program, which represent from arrests made by State and local law enforcement agencies as reported to the FBI, there were a total of 696 incidents. [ [http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/crime/county/20209.html fedstats.gov crime county] ]
Kansas City owes its existence to its location as a crossroads. It was at the confluence of the Missouri River and Kansas River and the launching pointing for travelers on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails. Missouri and Kansas were the first states to start building interstates with Interstate 70. An ever increasing number of interstate loops has encouraged suburban sprawl.
*, Kansas, to the South.
*, to the West.
*"': A Bi-State Loop through the Missouri and Kansas suburbs.
*"': A southern bypass of I-70 and Southern portion of the downtown loop. Signed as East I-70 when exiting from I-35 while traveling north.
* highways that pass through Kansas City.
*, and ((Douglas County/Douglas County)), Kansas.
7th Street Trafficway
South 18th Street Expressway
State Avenueand Parallel Parkway
Kansas Avenueand the Turner Diagonal
Kansas City has a variety of architecture points of interest, various historically notable landscapes and many famous and interesting buildings. Kansas City, Kansas is home to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, which covers convert|12500|sqmi|km2 of the
Roman Catholiccommunity in eastern Kansas.
The Kansas City Metro's audience, which includes KCK residents, is a stepping stone for many national broadcasters including
Walter Cronkite, Rush Limbaugh, and Mancow Muller.
The Kansas City metro area's media market includes ten television channels along with 30 FM and 21 AM radio stations. KCK residents receive broadcasts from the following stations:
WDAF-TV4 - Fox affiliate.
KCTV5 - CBSaffiliate.
KMBC-TV9 - ABC affiliate.
KCPT19 - PBSMember Station
KCWE29 - The CW affiliate.
KSHB-TV41 - NBCaffiliate.
KPXE50 - i affiliate.
KSMO-TV62 - My Network TVaffiliate.
KUKC-LP48 - Univisionaffiliate.
Kansas City metro area has been a locale for
Hollywoodproductions and television programming. Most notably, the 1983 television movie " The Day After" was filmed in Kansas City metro area and Lawrence, Kansas.
* The Kansan (Daily KC newspaper)
The Wyandotte Echo(Weekly legal newspaper)
* The Pitch (Alternative weekly newspaper)
* The Record (serving Turner, Argentine and Rosedale)
Piper Press(serving Piper)
The Kansas City Call[ [http://www.kccall.com/ The Call ] ] (Weekly African-American newspaper)
Dos Mundos(Bilingual newspaper)
The Kansas City Metro Voice
Kansas City Business Journal
The Kansas City Star[ [http://www.kansascity.com/ www.kansascity.com | Front Page ] ]
The Wyandotte West(weekly publication for western Wyandotte Co.)
ites of interest
Kansas City Memorial Hallis a 3,500-seat indoor arena located in Kansas City, Kansas. The Kansas Speedwayis a speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The speedway is a 1-1/2 mile tri-ovalwith 15 degree banking in the turns. The Kansas Speedway held its first race the Winston West Kansas 100on June 2, 2001. It is used for sporting events and concerts and also has a permanent stage. In 1887, John G. Braeckleinconstructed a Victorian homefor John and Margaret Scroggs in the area of Strawberry Hill. It is a fine example of the Queen Anne Style architectureerected in Kansas City, Kansas.
, located at 2501 Minnesota Avenue, was designated as a Kansas City, Kansas Historic Landmark.
Other sites of interest include:
* the 1917
Argentine Carnegie Library(the only Carnegie libraryexisting in the metropolitan area), [ [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/carnegie/page95.html skyways.lib.ks.us carnegie] ] [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/argpage/argspan/arghomsp.htm Kckpl.lib.ks.us arghomsp] (Spanish)]
* the Fire Station No. 9, [ [http://www.archiplanet.org/wiki/Fire_Station_No._9,_Kansas_City,_Kansas archiplanet.org Fire Station No. 9, Kansas_City, Kansas] ] [ [http://www.chwconline.com/images/firestation/FS9-firemen.jpgimage FS9-firemen] ]
Granada Theater, [ [http://www.agilitynut.com/theatres/ks.html agilitynut.com theatres ks] ] [ [http://www.screenland.com/theatre/granadaindex.html screenland.com granada] ]
Hanover Heights Neighborhood Historic District, [Located beween Olathe Blvd., Frances St., 43rd Ave., and State Line Rd., Kansas City coord|39.051777|-94.609612|type:landmark]
Huron Cemetery] , [Downtown KCK]
Judge Louis Gates House, [" Prairie School" architect Clarence E. Sheparddesigned house for Judge Louis R. Gates]
Kansas City, Kansas Halland Fire Headquarters, [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/KSCOLL/lochist/thennow/TN12.htm kckpl.lib.ks.us TN12] ]
Quindaro Townsite[ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/KSCOLL/lochist/quindaro/quindaro.htm Quindaro, Kansas on the Underground Railroad] ] , [ [http://crm.cr.nps.gov/archive/21-4/21-4-11.pdf The Educational Value of Quindaro Townsite in the 21st Century] ] [ [http://www.kshs.org/resource/ks_preservation/kpmarapr07.pdf Quindaro Townsite Artifacts Find a Permanent Home at KSHS] ]
Sauer Castle, [935 Shawnee Rd, Kansas City coord|39.068884|-94.633355|type:landmark]
Scottish Rite Temple, [ [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/wyandott/history/1911/volume1/434.html#043512 The Scottish Rite Masons] . skyways.lib.ks.us]
Shawnee Street Overpass, [ [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/kscoll/lochist/rosedale/Chap13.htm Seventh Street Trafficway] ] [now called Shawnee Rd. coord|39.071145|-94.620266|type:landmark]
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building,
St. Augustine Hall,
Theodore Shafer House,
Trowbridge Archeological Site, [ Harry M. Trowbridgedug around North 61st Street and Leavenworth Road coord|39.143475|-94.71983|type:landmark]
* the Westheight Manor District, [North 18th Street to North 25th Street, State Avenue to Wood Avenue coord|39.120272|-94.654212|type:landmark, which is just north of the
Wyandotte High School]
White Church Christian Church, [Built with native stone in 1832, oldest Kansas church still in use. It is located at 2200 N 85th St. coord|39.130776|-94.775587|type:landmark]
Wyandotte County Courthouseand
* the land of the Muncie area.
Grinter Placeis near the Delaware Crossing (or "Military Crossing"; sometimes "the Secondine") which allowed passage from the old Indian trail when that trail met the waters of the Kaw River. In 1826, Tenskwatawa established a village in Turner and later moved to Whitefeather Springin Argentine.
Kansas City/Wyandotte County Kansas Schools and School Districts
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City Kansas Area Technical School
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Piper Unified School District
Turner Unified School District # 202
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools
Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City
Fairfax Learning Center, Kansas City
J. C. Harmon High School, Kansas City
*Piper High School, Kansas City
F. L. Schlagle High School, Kansas City
Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB), Kansas City
Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Kansas City
*Turner High School, Kansas City (
Washington High School, Kansas City
Wyandotte High School, Kansas City
Kansas City has four sister cities, as designated by [http://www.sister-cities.org/ Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI)] :
Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico
* [http://www.wycokck.org/ Official government website]
* [http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us Public Library]
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