Local history

Local History

The American Royal: A Gift from the Stockyards

As a beloved and longstanding institution, the American Royal owes much of its early success to the Kansas City Stock Yards Company. The bond between the Stockyards and the growing organization was certainly one of mutual benefit.

Local History

Pandemic at the Gateway

Cholera originated on the Indian subcontinent, where it remained for centuries before spreading to the rest of Asia and Europe. By the 1840s, it had spread to North America.

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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?

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Rivers, Roads, and Railways: Catalyst for Development

Sitting at the confluence of two rivers near the edge of the western frontier, the area we know today as Kansas City seemed destined to become a major transportation hub between the East and West.

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Unionization Comes to the Slaughterhouse

Plant of Armour Packing, Co.

In the late 19th century, livestock and meatpacking industries had spurred Kansas City’s growth into an industrial giant. Almost 200,000 miles of railroad tracks covered the United States, and the refrigerator car had been nearly perfected.

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