This Week in Kansas City History

Gettysburg of the West

General Sterling Price

October 23, 1864: Confederate and Union forces battle in Westport, on the grounds of the present-day Country Club Plaza, resulting in a Union Army victory when the Confederate forces flee south.


We Play the Pallas

Women in costume atop float bearing oversized lobster

October 13, 1887: President Grover Cleveland looks on as decorated floats, costumed horsemen, and an elephant march in downtown during the first Priests of Pallas parade, an event that will remain a Kansas City tradition until the 1920s.


Kings of the City

The Kansas City Monarchs. Photo courtesy Missouri Valley Special Collections

October 6, 1922: The Kansas City Monarchs and the Kansas City Blues baseball teams embarked on a six-game series that would end with the Monarchs being crowned “The New City Champions” by the Kansas City Star.


A University is Born

University of Kansas City administration building, circa 1930s

October 1, 1933: Two thousand people gather to witness a ceremony officially opening the University of Kansas City. Founded for Kansas Citians who could not travel far away to attend college, classes began the next day with 264 students and 17 instructors.


All That Jazz

Bennie Moten. Photo courtesy LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC Library

September 23, 1923: The Bennie Moten Orchestra makes the first ever recording of Kansas City style jazz and blues, a musical style that would eventually come to dominate the jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s.