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Retrieved November 27, Louis-San Francisco Railroad Frisco. Archived from the original on April 23, Clair County, Missouri Deaths, St. It is still used for general aviation and airshows. The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners , one of six federal institutions designed to handle federal inmates' medical concerns, is at the corner of W.

Between the and Census counts, the urban core of Kansas City continued to drop significantly in population. The areas of Greater Downtown in the center city, and sections near I and I in the south, and Highway in the north are the only areas of Kansas City, Missouri, to have seen an increase in population, with the Northland seeing the greatest population growth. The federal government is the largest employer in the Kansas City metro area. More than federal agencies maintain a presence there.

Kansas City is one of ten regional office cities for the US government. The General Services Administration has more than employees. Numerous agriculture companies operate out of the city. Kansas City Board of Trade is the principal trading exchange for hard red winter wheat , the principal ingredient of bread.

The business community is serviced by two major business magazines, the Kansas City Business Journal published weekly and Ingram's Magazine published monthly , as well as other publications, including a local society journal, the Independent published weekly.

Missouri is the only state to have two of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank headquarters the second is in St. Kansas City's effort to get the bank was helped by former mayor James A.

Reed , who as senator, broke a tie to pass the Federal Reserve Act. The national headquarters for the Veterans of Foreign Wars is headquartered just south of Downtown. According to the city's Fiscal Year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, [60] the top ten principal employers are as follows:.

Kansas City is often abbreviated as KC abbreviations often refer to the metropolitan area. It is officially nicknamed the " City of Fountains ".

The fountains at Kauffman Stadium , commissioned by original Kansas City Royals owner Ewing Kauffman, are the largest privately funded fountains in the world. Soccer's popularity, at both professional and youth levels, as well as Children's Mercy Park 's popularity as a home stadium for the U. Residents are known as Kansas Citians. The city is sometimes referred to as the "Heart of America" , as it is near both the population center of the United States and the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states.

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre is the metropolitan area's top professional theatre company. The Starlight Theatre is an 8,seat outdoor theatre designed by Edward Delk. The Kansas City Symphony was founded by R. The symphony performs at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Michael Stern is the symphony's music director and lead conductor. Lyric Opera of Kansas City, founded in , performs at the Kauffman Center, offers one American contemporary opera production during its season, consisting of either four or five productions.

The Kansas City Ballet , founded in by Tatiana Dokoudovska, is a ballet troupe comprising 25 professional dancers and apprentices. Between and , it combined with Dance St. From to , the Ballet was run by dancer and choreographer Todd Bolender. Today, the Ballet offers an annual repertory split into three seasons, performing classical to contemporary ballets.

The chorus performs an annual concert series and a concert in Phoenix each year with their sister choir, the Phoenix Chorale. The Chorale has made nine recordings three with the Phoenix Chorale. Kansas City jazz in the s marked the transition from big bands to the bebop influence of the s.

The documentary The Last of the Blue Devils portrays this era in interviews and performances by local jazz notables. In the s, Kansas City attempted to resurrect the glory of the jazz era in a family-friendly atmosphere. In the s, an effort to open jazz clubs in the River Quay area of City Market along the Missouri ended in a gang war. Three of the new clubs were blown up in what ultimately ended Kansas City mob influence in Las Vegas casinos.

The annual "Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival" attracts top jazz stars and large out-of-town audiences. It was rated Kansas City's "best festival. As of , the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra , a big band jazz orchestra, performs in the metropolitan area. The large community of Irish-Americans numbers over 50, Irish Settlers on the American Frontier , published in Kansas City is most famous for its steak and barbecue , along with the typical array of Southern cuisine.

These stockyards were second only to those of Chicago in size, but they never recovered from the Great Flood of and eventually closed. The Kansas City Strip cut of steak is similar to the New York Strip cut, and is sometimes referred to just as a strip steak. The American Royal each fall hosts what it claims is the world's biggest barbecue contest. Classic Kansas City-style barbecue was an inner-city phenomenon that evolved from the pit of Henry Perry from Memphis in the early 20th century and blossomed in the 18th and Vine neighborhood.

Arthur Bryant's took over the Perry restaurant and added molasses to sweeten the recipe. The Gates recipe added even more molasses. Bryant's and Gates are the two definitive Kansas City barbecue restaurants. Both have only recently begun expanding outside of Kansas City. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue is also well regarded. In , Rich Davis , a psychiatrist, test-marketed his own concoction called K.

Soul Style Barbecue Sauce. Davis retained rights to operate restaurants using the name and sauce. In determining his ranking, Greenberg cited the city's barbecue, among other factors. A majority of the Beard Award-winning restaurants are in the Crossroads district, downtown and in Westport. The proportion of Kansas City area residents with a known religious affiliation is The most common religious denominations in the area are: They lived in a new home with a garage built by Elias Disney, which became the location for Walt's very first animation , at Bellefontaine.

The Athletics baseball franchise played in the city from , after moving from Philadelphia , to , when the team relocated to Oakland, California. The city's Major League Baseball franchise, the Royals, started play in , and are the only major league sports franchise in Kansas City that has not relocated or changed its name.

The Royals were the first American League expansion team to reach the playoffs, in , to reach the World Series in , and to win the World Series in The Royals returned to the World Series in and won in The Kansas City T-Bones , playing in the independent Northern League from until , and currently in the independent American Association since , and unaffiliated minor league team.

It was renamed the Kansas City Wizards in The men's tournament has been played at Sprint Center since March The women's tournament is played at Municipal Auditorium. In addition to serving as the Chiefs' home stadium, Arrowhead Stadium serves as the venue for various intercollegiate football games. It has hosted the Big 12 Championship Game five times. The team works closely with Sporting Kansas City and splits home-games between Sporting's training pitch and Rockhurst University 's stadium.

Kansas City briefly had four short-term major league baseball teams between and From through , the Kansas City Blues played in the high-level American Association minor league.

In , Kansas City became a major league city when the Philadelphia Athletics baseball franchise relocated to the city in Following the season, the team relocated to Oakland, California. The team left Sacramento in The team moved to Denver in , and today they are known as the New Jersey Devils.

Much of the system, designed by George E. Kessler , was constructed from to Ward Parkway , on the west side of the city near State Line Road , is lined by many of the city's largest and most elaborate homes. It was modeled on the Paseo de la Reforma , a fashionable Mexico City boulevard.

Berkely Riverfront Park , acres 3. A program went underway to replace many of the fast-growing sweetgum trees with hardwood varieties. Kansas City is home to the largest municipal government in the state of Missouri. The role of city manager has diminished over the years.

The non-elective office of city manager was created following excesses during the Pendergast days. The mayor is the head of the Kansas City City Council , which has 12 members one member for each district, plus one at large member per district. The mayor is the presiding member. Kansas City holds city elections in every fourth odd numbered year. The last citywide election was held in May The officials took office in August and will hold the position until Pendergast was the most prominent leader during the machine politics days.

Louis and the Southern District is in Springfield. The urban core of Kansas City consistently votes Democratic in Presidential elections; however, on the state and local level Republicans often find success, especially in the Northland and other suburban areas of Kansas City. Shortly after the city's incorporation in , so-called Bleeding Kansas erupted, affecting border ruffians and Jayhawkers.

During the war, Union troops burned all occupied dwellings in Jackson County south of Brush Creek and east of Blue Creek to Independence in an attempt to halt raids into Kansas. In the early 20th century under Pendergast, Kansas City became the country's "most wide open town". While this would give rise to Kansas City Jazz , it also led to the rise of the Kansas City mob initially under Johnny Lazia , as well as the arrival of organized crime. In the s, the Kansas City mob was involved in a gang war over control of the River Quay entertainment district, in which three buildings were bombed and several gangsters were killed.

The war and investigation led to the end of mob control of the Stardust Casino , which was the basis for the film Casino although the production minimizes the Kansas City connections. Revitalizing the downtown and midtown areas has been fairly successful and now these areas have below average violent crime compared to major downtowns. Kansas City is served by 16 school districts including 10 Public School Districts, with a significant portion being nationally ranked.

The Kansas City Star is the area's primary newspaper. William Rockhill Nelson and his partner, Samuel Morss, first published the evening paper on September 18, The Star competed with the morning Kansas City Times before acquiring that publication in The "Times" name was discontinued in March , when the morning paper was renamed the "Star".

The city is served by two major faith-oriented newspapers: It also the headquarters of the National Catholic Reporter , an independent Catholic newspaper.

Kansas City broadcasting jobs have been a stepping stone for national television and radio personalities, notably Walter Cronkite and Mancow Muller. The Star sold off the WDAF stations in , following an antitrust investigation by the United States government reportedly launched at Truman's behest, following a long-standing feud with the Star over the newspaper's ownership of television and radio stations.

Kansas City has been a locale for film and television productions. Between and Kansas City was home to the Calvin Company , a large movie production company that specialized in promotional and sales short films and commercials for corporations, as well as educational films for schools and the government. Calvin was an important venue for Kansas City arts, training local filmmakers who went on to Hollywood careers and also employing local actors, most of whom earned their main income in fields such as radio and television announcing.

Kansas City native Robert Altman directed movies at the Calvin Company, which led him to shoot his first feature film, The Delinquents , in Kansas City using many local players.

The s film Truman , starring Gary Sinise , was filmed in the city. Other films shot in or around Kansas City include Article 99 , Mr. Today, Kansas City is home to an active independent film community. The Independent Filmmaker's Coalition is an organization dedicated to expanding and improving independent filmmaking in Kansas City.

The city launched the KC Film Office in October with the goal of better marketing the city for prospective television shows and movies to be filmed there. The City Council passed several film tax incentives in February to take effect in May ; the KC Film Office is coordinating its efforts with the State of Missouri to reinstate film incentives on a statewide level.

Later, with the construction of the Hannibal Bridge across the Missouri River , it became the junction of 11 trunk railroads. More rail tonnage passes through the city than any other U. Trans World Airlines TWA located its headquarters in the city, and had ambitious plans to turn the city into an air hub. Missouri and Kansas were the first states to start building interstates with Interstate Interstate , which encircles the entire city, is the second longest beltway in the nation.

Interstate around Cincinnati, Ohio is the longest. The Sierra Club blames the extensive freeway network for excessive sprawl and the decline of central Kansas City. Following the September 11, , attacks , it required a costly overhaul to conform to the tighter security protocols. It is still used for general aviation and airshows. Like most American cities, Kansas City's mass transit system was originally rail-based.

The rapid sprawl in the following years led this private system to be shut down. The compact gave the KCATA responsibility for planning, construction, owning and operating passenger transportation systems and facilities within the seven-county area.

This corridor employs over , workers. A unique identity was created for MAX, including 13 modern diesel buses and easily identifiable "stations".

MAX features real-time GPS tracking of buses, available at every station , and stoplights automatically change in their favor if buses are behind schedule. Midwest Genealogy Center Indexes includes indexes for Charles Library Local Genealogy Indexes includes: Oak Grove Cemetery Database and St. Charles Local Newspaper Index starts with St. Clair County Databases at Ancestry these require payment Clair County, Missouri Deaths, St. Clair County, Missouri Obituaries, St.

City council elections are held the first Tuesday in April. City Utilities of Springfield CU is a city-owned utility serving the Springfield area with electricity, natural gas, water, telecommunications and transit services. CU provides service to over , customers. The Springfield Public School District is the largest district in the state of Missouri with an official fall enrollment of 24, students attending 50 schools. Springfield has several colleges and universities. The non-profit Ozark Greenways Inc.

The Missouri Department of Conservation operates the Springfield Nature Center and numerous nearby conservation areas. Louis Cardinals , have played at Hammons Field in downtown Springfield since their inaugural season in Springfield is also home to a number of amateur sporting events.

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is located near the city as well. Like many cities across the nation, Springfield has seen a resurgence in its downtown area. Many of the older buildings have been, and are continuing to be, renovated into mixed-use buildings such as lofts, office space, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, and music venues.

It is home to the Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Ballet, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and provides office and meeting space for other arts organizations which serve the community. The center has been renovated to include two art galleries with monthly exhibitions, an Arts Library, rehearsal studios, and classrooms offering art workshops and hands-on activities.

The facilities also include an outdoor classroom. A March New York Times article [46] described the history and ascendancy of cashew chicken in Springfield, where local variations of the popular Chinese dish are ubiquitous. During the s , Springfield ranked third in the U. Four nationally broadcast television series originated from the city between and Many of the biggest names in country music frequently visited or lived in Springfield at the time. Staged at the Jewell Theatre demolished in , Ozark Jubilee was the first national country music TV show to feature top stars and attract a significant viewership.

Five Star Jubilee , produced from the Landers Theatre , was the first network color television series to originate outside of New York City or Hollywood. Country music legend Conway Twitty died suddenly in Springfield after a show in Branson.

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce once presented visiting dignitaries with an "Ozark Hillbilly Medallion" and a certificate proclaiming the honoree a "hillbilly of the Ozarks. President Harry Truman received the medallion after a breakfast speech at the Shrine Mosque for a reunion of the 35th Division. Springfield is served by Interstate 44, which connects the city with St. Louis and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Route 13 Kansas Expressway carries traffic north towards Kansas City.

Route 60 , U. Route 65 , and U. Route pass through the city. Route 66 and U. Route formerly passed through Springfield, and sections of historic US 66 can still be seen in the city.

US 's eastern terminus was once in the northeast section of the city, and US 60 westbound originally ended in downtown Springfield. US 60 now goes through town on James River Freeway. In mid-November , the city began discussing plans to upgrade sections of Schoolcraft Freeway Highway 65 and James River Freeway Highway 60 through the city to Interstate The main reason is to minimize confusion should there be an incident on I as a detour route.

It is the principal air gateway to the Springfield region. The Downtown Airport is also a public-use airport located near downtown. In May , the Springfield-Branson airport opened a new passenger terminal. No international flights have regular service into Springfield-Branson, but it does serve international charters. Passenger trains have not served Springfield since , but more than 65 freight trains travel to, from, and through the city each day. Springfield was once home to the headquarters and main shops of the St.

Louis-San Francisco Railroad Frisco. The railroad also operated two daily trains to St. Both continued southwest to Oklahoma City via Tulsa. The Meteor continued on to Lawton, Oklahoma. BNSF has three switch yards two small in Springfield. Mainlines to and from Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis and Tulsa converge at the railroad's yard facility in northern Springfield. In October , BNSF announced plans to upgrade its Tulsa and Memphis mainlines into Springfield to handle an additional four to six daily intermodal freight trains between the West Coast and the Southeast.

The Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad also operates several miles of former Missouri Pacific industrial track in the city. Springfield is a regional medical center with six hospitals and more than 2, beds. The city's health care system offers every specialty listed by the American Medical Association.

Two of the top hospitals in the U. CoxHealth and Mercy Health System are in Springfield, and both are in the midst of expansion projects. The industry employs 30, people in the Springfield metro area. The United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners , one of six federal institutions designed to handle federal inmates' medical concerns, is at the corner of W.

Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway. The city's major daily newspaper is the Springfield News-Leader.

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