Do you know these 15 random facts about Kansas City?
How well do you know your very own city? Below are 15 random facts you probably didn’t know.
Whether you’re a native or a transplant, I bet you don’t know every single random fact on this list. Let us know how you do in the comments!
1. Charlie Parker made his first officially paid performance at the Country Club Plaza at a club called Martin’s. If you’re wondering where that is, Fogo de Chao is now in place of this club.
2. Before Kansas City was named Kansas City, Possum Trot and Rabbitville were considered.
3. Swope Park is larger than Central Park in New York City by about 1,805 acres. Probably my favorite of this random facts list. Kansas City, REPRESENT!
4.Kansas City has more than 200 fountains.
5. Joyce Hall moved to Kansas City in 1910 and created what is now called Hallmark Cards. Hallmark is still headquartered in Kansas City.
6. The oldest waterbed store, Temple Slug, can be found in Kansas City.
7. Ernest Hemingway wrote the ending to “A Farewell to Arms” while residing in Kansas City.
8. Joan Crawford once worked at the department store Harzfeld’s in downtown Kansas City.
9. Kansas City has more BBQ restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States.
10. Arthur Bryant was the true originator of KC-style BBQ. He took over Henry Perry’s restaurant, who cooked his BBQ true Memphis style. Bryant added molasses to Perry’s sauce and KC BBQ was formed. YUM!
11. The Kansas City Hail Storm on April 10, 2001 was the most damaging hail storm ever recorded. There was a record $1.5 billion in insurance claims.
12. The Happy Meal was created by Bob Bernstein in Kansas City. Thank you, Bob.
13. Kansas City has more boulevards than Paris.
14. Kansas City is the 29th most populated city in the United States.
15. Jam sessions started in Kansas City because of the jazz musicians who would play all night long.
Did you know any of these interesting facts? Let us know in the comments!