A History of Kansas City Commerce

A City Built on Commerce

From its very inception, Kansas City has focused on commercial growth and the success of locals. In fact, person-to-person connections built this city from the ground up and continue to help it thrive as a major force in America’s Heartland.

The Fur Trade

In the early 1800s, the banks of the Missouri River were a popular destination for French fur traders. In fact, in 1804, they were met by eminent explorers, Lewis and Clark on their expedition across the country. While with the traders, the duo noticed the area, now Quality Hill, would be “a fine place for a fort,” and began mapping out what would, over time, become Kansas City, MO.

Soon after Lewis and Clark passed through the area, the federal government set up posts throughout the region, including Fort Osage, which is now a National Historic Landmark. The area continued to burgeon with fur traders, trappers, farmers and more.

The establishment of the Westport (then “West Port”) area, trading post and Westport Landing lent itself to solidifying the Kansas City region as a hub for trade and communication for settlers passing through.

The Railroad & Cow Town

In the mid-1800s, the Missouri Pacific railroad brought the area a boom in commerce, travel and population, and eventually ushered in the era of the Cow Town. By 1871 the area saw the proliferation of the Kansas City Stockyards in the West Bottoms, close to the the railroad and the effective center of the United States, meaning we’d forever be known for our steaks, barbecue and the American Royal!

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