Also known as KCK, Kansas City is the county seat of Wyandotte County in Kansas state. It became a streetcar suburb of Kansas City, MO. The city is located in Kaw Point, which is where the Missouri and Kansas rivers merge. Kansas City is a member of the Unified Government, a consolidated city-county.
The incorporation of the former Kansas City took place in October 1872. In the same year, the first election was overseen by Judge Hiram Stevens of the Tenth Judicial District. James Boyle was elected as the first mayor of the town. Following the city’s establishment, Samuel McConnell, Eli Teed, C.A. Eidemiller, along with James Boyle were elected.
Kansas City was founded out of the confluence of eight towns. Wyandotte, acquired from an Indian tribe, was organized in 1857. In 1859, it was incorporated. Following the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 was the development in the city due to the establishment of settlements. The territory became part of the Union in 1861, after the founding of the constitution of Kansas. The Kansas constitution was created in Wyandotte. After two years, Wyandotte was turned into the eastern terminal of the Union Pacific. Wyandotte became a significant depot for marketing and reshipment. Herds of Texas cattle were transported to the Kansas Pacific railheads, which resulted in the blossoming of stockyards and meatpacking industries. Riverview, which merged with Wyandotte in 1880 and Old Kansas City, began to grow in the 1870s.
Present-day Kansas was established in March 1886, after the “old” Kansas City, Riverview, Armstrong, Armourdale, and Wyandotte integrated. Armstrong is situated in the south of Wyandotte, while Armourdale, an industrial district, was in the north of the Kansas River.
Kansas City experienced an increase in the number of inhabitants in the 1890s after becoming a streetcar suburb of Kansas City, MO. The surge in population persisted until the 1930s. Kansas City came out as the country’s largest cities for its census for several years, including 1920. For the first time, the city reached a population of more than 100,000.
The Kansas City metropolitan area focused on heavy industry. Some of the prevalent industries that time include automobiles, chemicals, railroad cars, paper goods, agricultural products, and fabricated steel.
Due to the convergence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, transportation by the river is one of the main ways to get around the area. Its location is also ideal for trades. Under the provision of the new Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, the construction of I-70 was its first project.
Non-Hispanic whites take up the largest percentage of the city’s largest ethnic groups. However, in 2010, the number declined to a significant portion. As of 2010, 52% of Kansas City is consists of Whites, while 0.1% are Pacific Islanders.
The city has a consolidated city-county, which means the city and the county’s jurisdiction have been incorporated. Kansas City is both a municipal corporation and an administrative section of the state. In 1997, the Kansas Legislature approved enabling legislation. In the same year, the consolidation proposal was accepted.