The Village of Westport… The Gateway West
Historic Kansas City is offering Heritage Hikes during Historic Preservation Month at 9:00 am at various locations throughout the city. Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of Kansas City’s neighborhoods. Please note each hike is RAIN OR SHINE and lasts just over three hours. You will walk around 3 miles. Please wear comfortable shoes.
“Hikers” receive brochures which contain maps of the neighborhood with dialogue for each significant site noting the address, date built, architect(s) and the building’s description. Hikers will tour the interiors of significant sites and learn the importance of preservation of Kansas City’s historic built environment. Your guide is Lucinda Rice-Petrie, a HKC Past President. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American history, a BS in Education. For questions about the hikes contact Lucinda Rice-Petrie at 816-916-0927. Payment on site by cash or check is possible, but not preferred.
Entire Series of 3:
Cost: $60 per person
Members: $25 per person
Non-Members: $30 per person
By 1836 the village had a population of 50 and its fame grew as the settlement served as the last place for immigrants to purchase supplies before heading west on the Oregon, Santa Fe, or California trails. By 1860 the settlement had a population of 5,000 with a record number of wagons heading west each day in the spring. Walk the streets, view the architecture and learn about the true Gateway to the West!