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Kansas City - City Of Fountains

Updated on January 22, 2015
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Discover Kansas City

Welcome to this page about Kansas City , a city split along state lines.. Whether you live in Kansas City or are planning a visit, or looking for Gifts from Kansas City, you'll want to take a look at the resources listed here.

Kansas City, a city of half a million people, is said to have more fountains than any other city in the world except Rome. It also has World-class museums, galleries, historic jazz clubs, romantic cafes, restaurants, down-home barbecues and high-end boutiques. Kansas City is also known for Sports, including the Kansas City Chiefs Football Team and the Kansas City Royals Baseball Team, Soccer and basketball.

For its residents, Kansas City has all the convenience of the big city with the charm of a small town.

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Photo taken while at the top of the Liberty Memorial. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is on the far left (near the edge of the photo). Flickr photo by ThirdHandArt

Insiders' Guide to Kansas City, 4th Edition - Insiders' Guide Series

Kansas City has World-class museums. Historic jazz clubs. Romantic cafes. Riverboat casinos. High-end cuisine. and Down-home barbecues. This guide is a personal, practical perspective for travelers and residents alike.

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SEA LIFE At The Aquarium

Kansas City's latest attraction, SEA LIFE, is open at Crown Center with over 260,000 gallons of water and 5,000 fish and sea creatures on display.

...hundreds of unique and majestic fountains make their home in our City of Fountains.

Crown Center Fountain - Flickr photo by Average Jane

Crown Center Fountain
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The Fountains Are Turned On In April - Fountain Day April 9, 2013

Kansas Citians love our fountains and we look forward to seeing the fountains turned on signaling the end of winter when we start enjoying outdoor activities once again.

The City of Fountains Foundation held a special event at the Henry Bloch Fountain (Main and Pershing) in the Spring of 2012 to celebrate the Foundation's 40th anniversary.

Resources

Whether you live in Kansas City or planning a visit, I hope you will find these links helpful.

Nichols Fountain - Photo by Vironevaeh

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The first fountains in Kansas City were designed by the Humane Society to provide water for horses and dogs.

When private fountains came into fashion in the late 1800s, J. C. Nichols, a prominent real estate developer in Kansas City, started buying and investing in fountains to beautify his residential developments and the Country Club Plaza.

Wornall House - Photo by patinkc

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza - Postcard 1947

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza postcard
Washington Monument Union Station Plaza postcard

Historic Union Station

Washington Monument Union Station Plaza, Kansas City, Misssouri. In a little park, facing Pershing Drive and flanked by Union Station and Liberty Memorial, stands this equestrian statue, Kansas City's tribute to America's first President.

Food

A few facts about K.C. barbecue from the Kansas City Barbeque Society (www.kcbs.us/default.php), the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts:

# There are more than 100 barbecue restaurants in the city.

# Area has more barbecue competitions than any other metropolitan area in the world.

# It has more barbecue competition teams than any other metropolitan area in the world.

# It boasts more certified barbecue judges that any other metropolitan area in the world.

# It's home to the largest barbecue contest in the world, American Royal, which has some 500 teams.

Plaza Lights by Brian Hillegas

Plaza Lights by Brian Hillegas
Plaza Lights by Brian Hillegas

What's Your Favorite Thing About Kansas City? - I want to hear from You!

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      I have made it from Squidoo, and I have a lot of work to do. lol! Thanks for saying hello.

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      Gayle 3 years ago from McLaughlin

      I am born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. Love your article. I see you have made the transition from Squidoo. Glad to see you hear.

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: Well, Dave, yes and no! No you are not dumb, and yes there are 2 Kansas City's. One is in the State of Missouri and one is in Kansas with different governments. However, you can go from one to the other without knowing it. Maybe I should make a lens on the differences. lol! We talk about the Greater Kansas City area which includes both Kansas Cities and several other smaller cities. Many of the attractions of GKC are located on the Missouri side and there for the use of all the GKC area.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, I am blushing. I learned something here today, but now I feel kinda dumb. I always knew that there was a Kansas City in Missouri and a Kansas City next door in KS, but I thought that they were two different cities. Like the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Well, now I know :) I enjoyed your lens and hope to one day visit the city (singular) of Kansas City!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      That Kansas City Sculpture is awesome! I would enjoy seeing it up close and personal.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I hope to visit KC one day. There is so much to enjoy.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have lived in Kansas City all my life. This article really showcases much of the ambiance of the area. Thanks!

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: Kris, the two places I would try are the KC airport and The Kansas City StoreCountry Club Plaza 314 Ward Parkway 816-756-1997Union Station 30 West Pershing Road 816-283-8282

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Years ago my friend gave me a beautiful sweatshirt with the KC Plaza lights outline on front and back. On the front in small letters off to the side it says Only on the Plaza. I love this sweatshirt. Any idea where I can purchase another. I believe she purchased it at the then Jones Store. Thanks

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @poutine: According to kcfountains.org, the first fountains in Kansas City were designed by the Humane Society to provide water for horses and dogs. When private fountains came into fashion in the late 1800s, J. C. Nichols, a prominent real estate developer in Kansas City, started buying and investing in fountains to beautify his residential developments and the Country Club Plaza.

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      [in reply to Joan4] Please do!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Kansas City seems to be a great place to live.I love fountains.Do you know why there are so many of them?

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I would love to visit KC!

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      Mary Beth Granger 9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      We lived in KC for 9 years and it's a great place to live. We've moved back to St.Louis but our son and family still live in KC so we get to visit often. I love the fountains, love Country Club Plaza...and really love the Christmas lights and how the make a big deal of it on Thanksgiving night. Crown Center is great too! Really good places to eat in KC.

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Interesting lens. Nice info.

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      5 Stars for you.This site is a must prior to visiting Kansas City....You have my permission to post a dazzling Thomas Kinkade image on your site called "Plaza City Lights, Kansas"Karen at KarensKinkade Art Store

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      Wonderful lens, you have great information in here! I'm glad you joined us in the Squidoo City Guide!

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      bigjimj 10 years ago

      Nice lens. I was in KC recently and, of course we had some Authur Bryants BBQ. Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      Great lens PatinKC - I love those framed prints, very pretty.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I have been looking for T Shirts or Sweatshirts with a picture of KC Fountains and a logo of K.C. City of Fountains. Something like that but I haven't found any. Do you have any ideas.Jean- Morton Illinois