An invitation to Kansas City’s birthday party

The City will celebrate its 160th birthday next week, and you’re invited down to city hall for a piece of cake.

The city traces its beginning to the early 1800s when Francois Chouteau and other traders established trading posts along the Missouri River. Westport grew separately after John Calvin McCoy opened a store on the Santa Fe Trail. McCoy and others then founded the Town of Kansas, which was incorporated in 1850.

The State of Missouri then officially incorporated the area as the City of
Kansas on Feb. 22, 1853. The City of Kansas’ original boundaries extended from
the middle of the Missouri River south to Ninth Street, and from Bluff Street
east to a point between Holmes and Charlotte streets.

According to the city, this event will celebrate Kansas City’s history and especially its milestone
year of 1853, when the State of Missouri officially recognized the City of


  • The City of Kansas City, Mo., will celebrate the year of its 160th birthday on
    Thursday, March 28 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, 414
    E. 12th St.
  • Remarks from Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte and members  of the City Council will begin at noon.
  • The celebration is open to the general public. Cake and refreshments will be served.


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