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City of fountains - Kansas City
The devil's tickets : a night of bridge, a fatal hand, and a new American age
Gary M. Pomerantz.
New York, N.Y. : Crown Publishers, c2009.
Through larger-than-life characters and a timeless partnership game they played, "The Devil's Tickets" evokes the last echoes of the Roaring Twenties and the darkness of the pending Depression.
     
Take up the Black man's burden : Kansas City's African American communities, 1865-1939
Charles E. Coulter.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2006.
"Unlike many cities farther north, Kansas City, Missouri - along with its sister city in Kansas - had a significant African American population by the mid-nineteenth century and also served as a way station for those migrating north or west. "Take Up the Black Man's Burden" focuses on the people and institutions that shaped the city's black communities from the end of the Civil War until the outbreak of World War II, blending historical research with first-person accounts that allow participants in this historical drama to tell their own stories of struggle and accomplishment." "Charles E. Coulter opens up the world of the African American community in its formative years, making creative use of such sources as census data, black newspapers, and Urban League records. His account covers social interaction, employment, cultural institutions, housing, and everyday lives within the context of Kansas City's overall development, placing a special emphasis on the years 1919 to 1939 to probe the harsh reality of the Depression for Kansas City blacks - a time when many of the community's major players also rose to prominence."--BOOK JACKET.
     
Historic photos of Kansas City
text and captions by Lara Copeland.
Nashville, Tennessee. : Turner Publishing Co., c2006.
Historic Photos of Kansas City captures Kansas City's past through photographs from the city's finest archives. From the Civil War period, to the turn of the century, to the building of a modern metropolis, Historic Photos of Kansas City follows life, government, education, and events from Kansas City's history. This book captures unique and rare scenes through the original lens of about 200 historic photographs. Published in striking black and white photography, these images communicate historic events and every day life of two centuries of people building a unique and prosperous city.
     

Kansas City, the largest city in Missouri, is known for its fountains, barbecue and jazz.

It is said that Kansas City has more fountains than any city except Rome.

  • The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain is a memorial to Country Club Plaza developer J.C. Nichols. The fountain's four equestrian figures each represent a famous river of the  world.
  • The Crown Center Fountains are located at Crown Center, the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc. The water erupts from the ground, propelled by 49 water jets. The fountains shoot some 30 feet in the air and are colorfully lit at night.

Traditional KC barbecue is done with a dry rub-spiced, slow roasted over a pit of hickory, and slathered up with the smoothest, thickest, tangiest sauce.

When it comes to finger-lickin' barbecue, Kansas City holds its own. The city's first recorded barbecuer in 1908, Henry Perry, worked out of an old trolley car serving up slow-cooked ribs for 25 cents a slab.

Two early establishments are still serving it up around town today. George Gates opened his own restaurant and taught his son, Ollie, the tricks of the trade. In 1958, Ollie established Gates & Sons BAR-B-Q with seven locations. Otis Boyd had formal training attending a culinary school in Chicago. In the early 1940s he established Boyd 'N Son Barbecue, now called Rosedale Barbeque, stands at the original location.

Today you can host your own backyard BBQ with Dr. Rich Davis' famous KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Sauce sold nationally.

More about barbecue.

Kansas City jazz developed in jam sessions in clubs during the 1920's. It was a combination of swinging dance beats and provided musicians the freedom to improvise.

Today Kansas City is rediscovering it's jazz hertiage. The Kansas City Jazz Festival creates an opportunity for all to hear jazz live and for musicians to meet and jam.

More about jazz.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff