Heritage Hike: The Village of Westport…The Gateway West
Kansas City’s First Communities: The Village of Westport…The Gateway West
The four historic trails of the National Trail system (California, Lewis & Clark, Oregon and Santa Fe) were all located in Kansas City. Which made it an ideal location for outfitting the early pioneers before they made the journey west with every thing they would need: foodstuffs, wagons, animals and other provisions. Westport became rather prosperous by outfitting, which in turn drew people to the area. Eventually the two towns of Kansas and Westport grew into Kansas City.