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History of Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, located in Wyandotte County, East of Topeka along Interstate 70, is the county seat. Lying at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, it comprises one of two large cities of the same name, the other being in Kansas. The area was the jumping-off point for many western expeditions on the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails that passed through Westport, later part of Kansas City. A commercial, industrial, agricultural and cultural center, Kansas City is famous for jazz, barbecue, and African-American baseball leagues. A center of music, sport and high times is the historic 18th & Vine district; the National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame, chartered by Congress to honor America's farmers, is in Kansas City; the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, which invites visitors to experience life during medieval times, is and annual celebration, as is the Wyandotte County Fair, which draws 100,000 fair-goers annally. Historic, cultural, and educational points of interest include: