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As the sun sets, Kansas City, Missouri, changes her look for the balmy summer night ahead.
Union Station, in the foreground, has a colorful background. One drama unfolded there on June 17, 1933, and is remembered as the "Kansas City Massacre". Four FBI agents were gunned down in a storm of machine gun fire while transporting captive "Jelly" Nash. "Pretty Boy" Floyd , one of the masterminds of the conspiracy, missed the shootout because his car had broken down en-route, but it still lead to his death. The grand old Station is now a home to Science City, fine dining, shows and special events.
The President Hotel, seen downtown is a historic landmark that was completed in 1926. Many U.S. Presidents have stayed there, Herbert Hoover was nominated for President there at the 1928 National Convention.
The Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon-California Trail and the trail that Lewis and Clark blazed all started near Kansas City. It was the destination of cattle drives, the host to many old time outlaws like Jesse and Frank James, and lawmen like Wyatt and Virgil Earp. Charlie Parker, Walt Disney, Ginger Rogers all grew up here, and you can't forget Harry S Truman and his haberdashery downtown. The kind and gentle icon, Buck O'Neil, was a very familiar face around town until a few years ago, and Marilyn Maye is still one of the iconic symbols of Kansas City.
Kansas City, Missouri is still a lively place, with a rich, colorful history and a bright eye on the future.
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