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May 26 – August 1, 2015

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KC Unbound Blog
Kansas City’s Livestock Hotel: Daily Operations at the Stockyards

Today, many Kansas Citians know the significance of the old stockyards but could they describe its day-to-day operations? What exactly transpired at the stockyards besides a lot of manure?

This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
This Month in the Civil War on the Western Border
May 1865
The Confederate government collapses, people in Kansas and Missouri try to rebuild, and some Missouri bushwhackers continue fighting. Read More...


This Week in KC History
Tripping the Light Fantastic, and Then Some Postcard view of the second Electric  Park

May 19, 1907: More than 53,000 people attend the opening day of the newly relocated Electric Park at 46th and The Paseo, which features a bowling alley, Living Statuary, bandstand, alligator farm, swimming pool, dance pavilion, and a roller coaster.

1864: The Year of Decision? 1864: The Year of Decision?

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Civil War on the Western Border

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