North Kansas City, Missouri Fun Facts:
Large scale development of the area was not possible before the construction of levees protecting North Kansas City from flooding from the Missouri River. The levee on the north bank of the Missouri River was constructed between 1909 and 1912 and is owned and maintained by the North Kansas City Levee District. The City is also protected by a hillside levee.
The City was incorporated on November 4, 1912. A five-member board of trustees was elected in 1914 to oversee municipal affairs. One of the original trustees was William E. Macken, who was elected as the first mayor of North Kansas City in 1924. The city’s largest park, Macken Park, is named for him.
In 2012 North Kansas City celebrated it Centennial with a citywide celebration. As the city said goodbye to its first 100 years, it welcomed the next century with the opening of two micro breweries, a distillery and a new recreational opportunity called Chick ‘n Pickle. These new businesses are building a younger clientele fueled by the re-population of downtown Kansas City, just across the Missouri River.
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