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HKC Heritage Hikes: Kansas City's First Communities

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Kansas City, MO 64105

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Heritage Hikes Series:

Kansas City's First Communities

Cover Photo by Kansas City Missouri Valley Room Special Collection.

Winner of The Pitch's Best of Kansas City: Best Way to Learn Something New About Kansas City

Historic Kansas City is offering Heritage Hikes at 9:00 am at various locations throughout the city. Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of Kansas City's neighborhoods. Please note each hike is RAIN OR SHINE and lasts over three hours. You will walk around 3 miles. Please wear comfortable shoes.


Entire Series of 3 Hikes: [Sorry You Missed This Opportunity]
  • Cost: $60 per person
  • To purchase a series ticket click any date to proceed.

Individual Hikes:
  • HKC Members: $25 per person
  • Non-Members: $30 per person

"Hikers" receive brochures that contain maps of the neighborhood with dialogue for each significant site noting the address, date built, architect(s) and the building's description. Hikers will tour the interiors of significant sites and learn the importance of preservation of Kansas City's historic built environment. Your guide is Lucinda Rice-Petrie, HKC Past President. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American history, a BS in Education.

#1 Heritage Hike: Return to the Riverfront...The Town of Kansas - Sorry You Missed It!

Thursday, September 12th @ 9:00 am

Tour convenes at the foot of the Town of Kansas Pedestrian Bridge at 2nd Street and Main Street, north of the City Market.

A hike of Kansas City's Old Town District, originally established as Chez les Canses, a fur trading post, by Francois Chouteau in 1826. Men traversed the area before Lewis and Clark’s Voyage of Discovery, due to exploration and the fur trade. The Missouri River is responsible for the growth of this settlement which became the Town of Kansas in 1850. We will discuss significant architecture and the area's history as we hike.

#2 Heritage Hike: The Village of West Port...The Gateway West- Sorry You Missed It!

Thursday, September 19th @ 9:00 am

Tour convenes in front of the Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road.

By 1836 the village had a population of 50 and its fame grew as the settlement served as the last place for immigrants to purchase supplies before heading west on the Oregon, Santa Fe or California trails. By 1860 the settlement had a population of 5,000 with a record number of wagons heading west each day in the spring. Walk the streets, view the architecture and learn about the true Gateway to the West!

#3 Heritage Hike: Quality Hill...Kansas City's Silk Stocking Ridge

Friday, September 27th @ 9:00 am [Note change in date]

Tour convenes in the parking lot of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Broadway & 13th streets.

The Quality Hill Neighborhood is a surviving section of one of the most fashionable and prestigious residential neighborhoods in Kansas City during the third quarter of the Nineteenth Century. It reflects an area that was developed by distinguished owners, and residents originally from the East — New York, New England, and Pennsylvania, who played a major role in the early settlement. The Neighborhood represents a variety of Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century residential, ecclesiastical, and small commercial design architecture from the period spanning the years 1856-1929.

The neighborhood reached its greatest social pre-eminence concurrently with the great real estate boom of the 1880s. Over one-half of the buildings within the present Quality Hill neighborhood were constructed during the decade of the 1880s. By about 1906, the last of distinguished original residents of Quality Hill had left. Before long, the once palatial Quality Hill mansions were becoming private hospitals, missions, sleeping rooms, and apartments.

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