Fun Facts About Kansas City, KS
During the Civil War, violence erupted across Kansas between abolitionists and fighters from slave state Missouri over whether or not Kansas would allow slavery. The state during this time became known as “Bleeding Kansas.”
In 1899, breeders established the American Royal Livestock and Horse Show, which, at the time, was the only livestock show in the country. The event is still held annually in the city.
Notorious outlaw of the late 1800s, Jesse James, was born north of Kansas City and began his criminal career robbing banks, stagecoaches, and trains in the area. James and his gang once raided the Kansas City Fairgrounds.
Boulevard Brewery on Southwest Boulevard is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest.
In the early 20th century, the city was controlled by political boss Tom Pendergast who ran the local Democratic Party.