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Gangster Tour

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TYPE: History
LOCATION/DISTRICT: Crown Center Area
ADDRESS: 30 W Pershing Rd. Union Station, Transit Pavilion Entrance Kansas City, MO 64108-
PHONE: 816-471-1234
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3 out of 5 stars (1 Review)

Price: $29.00 per person
Hours: Tour starts 1pm Sat.

Our Gangster Tour features an interactive look at the Pendergast era from 1920 to 1945. “Gangster TV” highlights this wild and wooly era with historical film and photographs from the period. You’ll learn and see how the “Pendergast Machine” controlled the political system and the very fabric of life in Kansas City. The tour highlights infamous crimes like the Union Station Massacre, shows the locations of speakeasies and gambling halls and explains how liquor flowed freely during prohibition. The homes and workplaces of crime bosses and the sites of major turf wars are also featured on the tour. Sounds like an “offer you can’t refuse.”

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Informational, Don't Expect to Take Photos

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3 out of 5 stars

04/14/2012
Jessica B. - Stilwell, KS

Being the only tour offered in KC currently, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Our tour guide and coach driver were dressed in period clothing and spoke "gangster" slang in a New York/Chicago hybrid accent. Each sight has a short informational video, which is played on a screen located at the front of the bus. I was disappointed when I realized that we would not be able to take quality photos because we never stopped to get out of the bus at any point and the tour guide/video dialogue does not allow guests to ask questions. This is a 90 minute ride around KC in a coach bus with limited visibility to the outside. I recommend to anyone who goes on the tour to sit in a window seat. Initially, our tour guide said that the bus was in a state of prohibition, but he allowed the majority of the guests to bring adult beverages on board. The company overbooked our tour by one, so a person had to sit on someone's lap. Make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early or you might not be able to sit with your party!

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