Historic Sites

Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Kansas City, users recommend paying a visit to Union Station, in the Downtown area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.



Originally the rail terminal for 12 main lines and 30 subsidiary lines, this circa-1914 building was renovated in 1997 as a $188 million entertainment center. The gorgeous facility was treated to an historically accurate restoration and now...  Read More

East Side
Cave Spring


Originally part of the Santa Fe Trail (a route used by pioneers for trade and transportation), Cave Spring, in its latest incarnation as an urban nature center, offers recreational and educational opportunities. Learn about the history and...  Read More

Truman Farm Home


Dating back to the 1890s, the Truman Farm Home in Grandview was built by the 33rd president's maternal grandmother. Located in the center of what was once an expansive 600-acre farm, this quiet prairie home was the stomping grounds for a young...  Read More

St. Joseph, Missouri


Sited about 60 miles north of Kansas City, historic St. Joseph was formerly the starting point for Pony Express riders heading west to Sacramento. In town, visitors can see stables where "Wild Bill" Hickok and "Buffalo" Bill Cody saddled up for...  Read More

City Hall and Observation Deck


Visitors to City Hall are in for a treat, twice over. First, they can marvel at exquisite Art Deco architecture and detailing, which lend one-of-a-kind, Depression-era grace to the structure. Decorative, elegant lines and indulgent materials...  Read More

Clark's Point


September 15, 1806. On this date, explorers Lewis and Clark stopped in what's now downtown Kansas City on the way back from their famed journey to the Pacific Ocean. Pausing at the spot now known as Clark's Point, William Clark noted that the...  Read More

Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio


This two-and-a-half-story, late-Victorian house was home to the state's most significant contributor to 20th century art, Thomas Hart Benton, from 1939 until his death in 1975. The home and carriage house were then converted into an art studio...  Read More



This historic site offers a glimpse at the 33rd president's life and career. The white, Victorian-style home looks much as it did in the early 20th century, complete with period antiques and family heirlooms. During the Truman presidency, the...  Read More

18th & Vine Historic District
18th & Vine Historic District


During the roaring '20s, this swanky neighborhood, defying Prohibition's mandates, would swing and groove nightly to the smooth sounds of Charlie "Bird" Parker, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald at places like the famous Blue Room. After an...  Read More

Westport Historic District


Westport Landing dates back to the 1830s, when wagon trains heading west on the California, Oregon, and Santa Fe Trails stopped for supplies and repairs. Nowadays, the rough, red-brick buildings house trendy boutiques and specialty shops, along...  Read More