Heritage Hike: The Town of Kansas
Kansas City’s First Communities: The Town of Kansas
Class convenes at the foot of the Pedestrian Bridge on the banks of the Missouri River, where Main Street begins.
The Town of Kansas lies at the heart of the Westward expansion movement that occurred in the years following the Louisiana Purchase and the initial exploration, by Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery, of this grand addition to the United States of America. Town of Kansas became a memorable place for those travelling through in the year 1821. People and goods were transferred from water to land transport here.
Throughout the 1840s, the population and importance of the Town of Kansas swelled as it and nearby Independence and Westport became starting points on the Oregon, Santa Fe, and California trails for settlers heading west. The first railway travel came to the Town of Kansas in 1847.
The original Town of Kansas is now an archaeological site. You will see remnants of stone foundations, the historic rock ledge, original riverboat embankments, and stunning view of the riverfront while learning about the origin of Kansas City.