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Kansas City Jazz Excursion
"Jazz Museum tour last approximately 2 hours. Archived film reels from the 1920s on view and priceless recordings and artifacts not available anywhere else in the world. Each exhibit has audio equipment for listening to endless songs from the past greats. many of whom are musicians and soloists.Optional tour is for the Negro Leagues Museum same location. Kansas City's great baseball heritage began with the negro leagues and the museum is one of the most extensive collections in the country . You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this museum. This is an optional tour not included in the tour price""""Charlie Parker ""The Bird"" Duke Ellington
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Kansas City Jazz Excursion
"Jazz Museum tour last approximately 2 hours. Archived film reels from the 1920s on view and priceless recordings and artifacts not available anywhere else in the world. Each exhibit has audio equipment for listening to endless songs from the past greats. many of whom are musicians and soloists.Optional tour is for the Negro Leagues Museum same location. Kansas City's great baseball heritage began with the negro leagues and the museum is one of the most extensive collections in the country . You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this museum. This is an optional tour not included in the tour price""""Charlie Parker ""The Bird"" Duke Ellington
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Jesse James Outlaw Excursion
"Jesse James Farm Home site is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Saturday and noon to 4:00pm on Sunday. Excursion includes film about the James Family self-guided museum tour on site and docent guided tour of the James home. The majority of furniture and pictures are family heirlooms. There is an excellent gift shop on site with books and Jesse James related toys games collectibles and jewelry. Tour fee and lunch included. The family is buried in nearby Mt. Olivet Cemetery accessible by car. Jesse James farm is 35 minutes by car from downtown Kansas City Missouri and 45 minutes by car from Kansas City International Airport (MCI)."""
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The 18th and Vine Historic District

The 18th and Vine Historic District has one of the best music museums around. It also has jazz and blues festivals during late summer. Also good night life. Robert Altman, a KC native, shot his movie Kansas CIty in this area. It's now the home of the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

It's best, if you plan to stay in town, to hire a cab to get there and back. Parking is often a problem and the surrounding areas are crime-ridden even during the day.

For more information, contact the Mutual Musicians Foundation at:

P.O. Box 16092
Kansas City, MO 64112

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Apr 04, 2011

TWA Building

Renovated office space now - home of a major advertizing company - this was once an operational center for Kansas City's "hometown airline." And my Dad used to work here, back in the day! I like how they've cleaned it up, polished up the red panels, and returned to the streamlined look of the 1960s.

And you have to love the TWA Rocket on the building's roof!

At 1735 Baltimore, in the Crossroads District.

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Jan 20, 2008

Airline History Museum

Once you finally find Hangar 9 at the old Kansas City (downtown) airport, you take a look at its unspectacular exterior and wonder if you're wasting your time. If, however, you have any interest or curiosity about an earlier age of airline travel, you will find this to be a fascinating and educational tour.

Kansas City was once home to TWA and because of its overhaul base here, there have been a huge number of dedicated and skilled workmen retire here. When the opportunity came for a group of these men to and women to acquire a Lockheed Constellation aircraft, they jumped at the chance. They spent years bringing their beloved bird back to flying condition. This organization (Save-a-Connie Foundation) and this beautiful aircraft are the foundation of the airline history museum.

(See my next Off the Beaten Path Tip for another photo and more explanation.)

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Dec 03, 2004

The Graceful Lockheed Super-Constellation

The dolphin-shaped Lockheed Super-Constellation is the centerpiece of the Airline History Museum. When it is not being flown to an air show in another city, you can tour the plane, itself. It was a marvel of engineering for its day. And though noisy to ride, it was far more comfortable than today's cramped airliners. The Constellation was the last great propeller airliner before the introduction of the jet airliner.

Other airliners on display are a Martin 404 and a TWA DC-3 still undergoing restoration. The former offices of the hangar contain interesting exhibits of airline memorabilia and a neat little gift shop.

Last - a word about the tour guides. Rarely will you find yourself in a tour group of any kind where the guide is so knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. The guides are the members of the foundation - the guys and gals who spend hours upon hours babying and/or restoring these precious aircraft, even spending their own money to buy parts when the cash flow runs short. They know and love every inch of sheet metal. Kudos and thanks to these hard-working, dedicated craftsmen and women for preserving part of our heritage.

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May 10, 2003
 
 
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Major William Warner House

I had driven by the Major William Warner House on several occasions without realizing its significance. Warner was a congressman and senator from Missouri, and founder of Kansas City Life Insurance Company. His home, located in the 1000 block of Pennsylvania in the Quality Hill District, now houses a Partnership for Children United Way agency. It was constructed in 1865.

Kansas City's old Quality Hill neighborhood has undergone a major reformation in recent years and townhouses and condos in the area are highly desirable.

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basstbn
Apr 20, 2003

Once Powerful Figure Now Hard to Find

Kansas City's Tom Pendergast was for many years one of the country's most powerful mayors. His powerful political machine (and alleged mob ties) helped him rule KC during the wide-open days of the 30's and allowed him to become a rich man.

Now, the one statue of the man is hard to find. It's stuck away in a corner of little Case Park. I just happened to see it while there to view the monument to Lewis and Clark.

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Mar 15, 2003

Tribute to Early Explorers

I'm putting this monument in the off the beaten path category because few Kansas City citizens know it actually exists, or if so, where it is.

This statue pays tribute to explorers Lewis and Clark, and to their Indian woman guide Sacajewa. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson engaged Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. Following the Missouri River, they encountered the area known as Kaw's Mouth, now Kansas City.

This monument is located in Case Park high on a bluff overlooking the spot where the Kaw (Kansas) River empties into the Missouri River.

On Jefferson Street north of 9th Street in the Quality Hill area of downtown Kansas City.

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Mar 15, 2003

This is one of the statues in...

This is one of the statues in front of the American Royal. American Royal is a big building and arena where they have horse shows and rodeos. There is a museum that opens at 10:00 Tuesday through Saturdays which has many interactive displays. I learned some things there. Getting there is a bit difficult if you have not done so before. You take the exit off of I-35 near Bartle Hall, circle around under the highway, go through a nice neighborhood with hispanic murals on the walls, and up a bridge. At top of the bridge you will see the American Royal Building below and an exit ramp.

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Aug 25, 2002

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Lyric Opera of Kansas City is...

Lyric Opera of Kansas City is at 11th and Central in KC, MO. To tell the truth, I just liked this building. I have not been to an opera there yet. Never been to an opera any place yet. I'll go to one some day. There are many places in Kansas City to see an opera, symphony, or play.

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Aug 25, 2002

The Kansas City Museum at 218...

The Kansas City Museum at 218 Gladstone is in an old mansion. The building is beautiful and the exhibits are great. When we were there they had a travelling exhibit about Sherlock Holmes and museum visitors had to become detectives and solve a mystery. It was great fun. There are so many great museums in Kansas City I have not seen them all yet.

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Aug 25, 2002

The four sky sculptures a top...

The four sky sculptures a top Bartle Hall make it easy to find this landmark. Bartle Hall is a large exhibit center and convention place. I've been there twice. The last time was to see a boat show. Before that the Smithsonian had an exhibit there. The great thing about Bartle Hall is there was not room to build it. To make room it was built like a giant bridge over the highway. It is near Broadway street in down town KC, MO.

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Aug 25, 2002

There's an overlook to the...

There's an overlook to the west of the city that has this statue. THe statue is different on each side.

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Aug 26, 2002

Things to Do Near Kansas City

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Westport

John McCoy established West Port along the Santa Fe Trail, three miles south of the Missouri River, in 1833. To supply West Port, he set up the riverside Westport Landing. Westport Landing would...
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Fountains

Kansas City likes to call itself the City of Fountains with over 200 man-made springs bursting forth when conditions allow. Certainly one of the most impressive is this fine fountain which dances and...
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Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

Spectacular new performing arts center, opened in 2011 and bringing Kansas City audiences beautiful, dramatic, and architecturally significant spaces for their cultural institutions: the Kansas City...
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Just Off Broadway Theater

I don't normally seek out theaters but I came across this one while driving by and I thought is was the ruins of an old building, which it is in a way. The building is in Penn Valley Park. As I...
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Union Station

Union Station in downtown KCMO is a grand old lady, still beautiful and friendly. Nice book store and other shops and places to eat. The KC railroad exhibit is nice, but for a $7 ticket, most of the...
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Crown Center

This is the nucleus of the midtown area between downtown and Westport which is at Main and 39th. The main intersection is Main and Pershing/22nd Street. Hall family developed this and it is big with...
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