Kansas City November 10, 2017
11 Things That Come To Everyone’s Mind When They Think Of Kansas City
Both those who move to Kansas City and those who are just vising have a few thoughts about our city. Sometimes everyone assumes we’re all about these, when in reality, we’re a large city full of just about everything. As the writer for Only In Kansas City, I spend a lot of time thinking about the area, and sometimes there’s a few things that always find themselves as labels for the city. Do all of these come to mind when you think about Kansas City too?
1. Barbecue (Duh)
If you're not thinking about barbecue at least once a week, you might not be from around here. However, one of our claims to fame is top of the list when it comes to KC icons.
KC strips are the (clearly) superior choice when it comes to cuts of steak.
Though we're nowhere near the birthplace of Jazz, there were plenty of big-name stars that got their start here in our city.
4. The Plaza
The whole place is magical, and always filled with something to do. Plus, a big bonus is the gorgeous lights that come on at night to illuminate the streets.
5. Sunken ships
Well, only one ship. The Steamboat Arabia museum is one of our best attractions, and it's not every day that a ship this big sinks somewhere besides the ocean.
6. The Shuttlecocks
They're an art installation that has become one of our biggest icons. You could compare their fame to "the bean" (Cloud Gate) in Chicago.
7. "The Gettysburg of the West."
We're known as the site for the Battle of Westport during the Civil War, which is what many call the "Gettysburg of the West."
The Chiefs and the Royals are our pride and joy, whether they're successful or not. We support them no matter what!
9. "Paris of the Plains"
We're actually called this not because of our wineries or anything else, but because of a statement made in the
Omaha World Herald in the 1920s. It read "If you want to see some sin, forget about Paris and go to Kansas City."
10. Fountains, fountains, everywhere (and not a drop to drink!)
Many visitors love just how many fountains we have, but residents also enjoy Fountain Day every year, as well as coloring them for holidays or local events.
11. The Wizard of Oz... for some reason.
Oddly enough, despite only having a small part of the city in Kansas, we get this all the time on either side.
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