This Week in Kansas City History

In For the Landing

John Calvin McCoy

November 14, 1838: A group of 14 investors led by John Calvin McCoy purchases 257 acres near the town of Westport for $4,220 to found the “Town of Kansas,” which is renamed “Kansas City” in 1889.


That Championship Season

Kauffman Stadium scoreboard at end of game 6. Credit Joe Bonello

October 27, 1985: The Kansas City Royals win game seven of the World Series, finishing off a stunning come-from-behind series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with an 11-0 triumph.


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.


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.


Kansas City Public Library Beta