Situated on the border of Missouri and Kansas, the city of 1.4 million straddles the two states. Famous for barbecue and jazz heritage, Kansas City is a thriving metropolis. The American Jazz Museum shares a building with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, in the 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery is another attraction. The front of the museum features giant shuttlecocks that resemble real tennis racquets. The collection here ranges from ancient to contemporary works.
The city is divided along the Missouri-Kansas border. Although it was a free state, the area was subject to several skirmishes. However, the Battle of Kansas City on October 23, 1864, saw the Confederate army commanded by General Sterling Price be forced to retreat. It was the last major Civil War battle to take place west of the Mississippi River. In the years after the Battle of Kansas City, the city grew rapidly with the addition of a railroad connection with the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad.
If you love books, there are many places in the area to buy them. You can browse the shelves of popular children's books and check out some of the local shops. The KCMO branch of Wise Blood Books is located on Westport Road and is a popular destination for people who want to read new books and find new authors. The store also offers Boredom Bundles and other fun tees. In addition to their extensive collection, the Kansas City Street Car is an excellent way to get around the city.