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Kansas City is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line.
The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City.

Downtown Kansas City

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Sitting on Missouri's western boundary, with Downtown near the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the modern city encompasses some 319.03 sqmi, making it the 23rd largest city by total area in the United States.
Downtown Kansas City is the central business district (CBD) of Kansas City, Missouri and the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Independence, Missouri

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Along with Independence, one of its major suburbs, it serves as one of the two county seats of Jackson County.
Independence is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Kansas City metropolitan area

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It is the central city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line.
The Kansas City metropolitan area is a 14 county metropolitan area anchored by Kansas City, Missouri, that straddles the border between the U.S. states of Missouri and Kansas.

Jackson County, Missouri

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Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties.
Although Independence retains its status as the original county seat, Kansas City serves as a second county seat and the center of county government.

Blue Springs, Missouri

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Other major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City.
Blue Springs is located 19 mi east of downtown Kansas City and is the eighth largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Kansas City, Kansas

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Other major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City.
Kansas City, Kansas is abbreviated as "KCK" to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri, after which it is named.

Kansas River

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Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west.
The city of Kansas City, Missouri, was named for the river, as was later the state of Kansas.

Platte County, Missouri

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Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties.
Platte County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area and contains some of the city's northwestern suburbs.

Country Club Plaza

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The city is composed of several neighborhoods, including the River Market District in the north, the 18th and Vine District in the east, and the Country Club Plaza in the south.
The Country Club Plaza (often called The Plaza) is a privately owned American shopping center in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri.

Clay County, Missouri

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Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties.
Clay County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area and contains many of the city's northern suburbs, along with a substantial portion of the City of Kansas City.

Cass County, Missouri

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Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties.
Cass County is part of the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

François Chouteau

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The Chouteau family operated under Spanish license at St. Louis in the lower Missouri Valley as early as 1765 and in 1821 the Chouteaus reached Kansas City, where François Chouteau established Chouteau's Landing.
François Gesseau Chouteau (7 February 1797 – 18 April 1838) was an American pioneer fur trader, businessman and community leader known as the "Founder" or "Father" of Kansas City, Missouri.

List of United States cities by population

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had an estimated population of 488,943 in 2017, making it the 37th most-populous city in the United States.

Kansas City–style barbecue

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Kansas City is known for its long tradition of jazz music and culture, for its cuisine (including its distinctive style of barbecue), and its craft breweries.
Kansas City–style barbecue refers to the specific regional barbecue style of slowly smoked meat that originated from the pit of Henry Perry in the early 1900s in Kansas City, Missouri.

Overland Park, Kansas

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Other major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City.
The city center is roughly 13 mi south-southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Battle of Westport

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Once again their victory proved hollow, as Price was decisively defeated in the pivotal Battle of Westport the next day, effectively ending Confederate efforts to regain Missouri.
The Battle of Westport, sometimes referred to as the "Gettysburg of the West," was fought on October 23, 1864, in modern Kansas City, Missouri, during the American Civil War.

John Calvin McCoy

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In 1833 John McCoy, son of missionary Isaac McCoy, established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail, 3 mi away from the river.
John Calvin McCoy (September 28, 1811 – September 2, 1889) is considered the "father of Kansas City."

Missouri River

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Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west.
The Missouri swings east at Kansas City, where the Kansas River enters from the west, and so on into north-central Missouri.

Lee's Summit, Missouri

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Other major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Blue Springs and Lee's Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City.
In 1912, R.A. Long, the owner of a lumber company, began building his estate, named Longview Farm, on the western edge of the city and into part of Kansas City.

Robert A. Long

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Robert A. Long, president of the Liberty Memorial Association, was a driving force in the funding for construction.
He lived most of his life in Kansas City, Missouri and founded Longview, Washington and Longville, Louisiana.

Johnson County, Kansas

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After World War II, many relatively affluent residents left for suburbs in Johnson County, Kansas, and eastern Jackson County, Missouri.
Largely suburban, its proximity to Kansas City, Missouri has led to population growth within the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Sprint Center

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Among the projects include the redevelopment of the Power & Light District, located in the area to the east of the Power & Light Building (the former headquarters of the Kansas City Power & Light Company, which is now based in the district's northern end), into a retail and entertainment district; and the Sprint Center, an 18,500-seat arena that opened in the district in 2007, which was funded by a 2004 ballot initiative involving a tax on car rentals and hotels, and was designed to meet the stadium specifications for a possible future NBA or NHL franchise.
Sprint Center is a multi-purpose arena in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Tom Pendergast

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At the start of the 20th century, political machines gained clout in the city, with the one led by Tom Pendergast dominating the city by 1925.
Thomas Joseph Pendergast (July 22, 1872 – January 26, 1945) was an American political boss who controlled Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri

Kansas City International Airport

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On November 7, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport by a 75% to 25% margin.
Kansas City International Airport (originally Mid-Continent International Airport) is a public airport 15 miles (24 km) northwest of downtown Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri.