Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards

For more than a century the Kansas City Stockyards fed a hungry nation. This new exhibit features a historical treasure trove of photographs, blueprints, maps, drawings, and documents celebrating the city’s great economic engine.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (All day)
Sunday, April 12, 2015 (All day) @ Central Library

Exhibit extended through April 12, 2015 by popular demand.

For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat.

The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.

This historical treasure trove — held and curated by the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections — chronicles the creation and steady growth of the stockyards in the West Bottoms, across the Kansas River, and into Kansas City, Kansas, over the span of 100 years.