#InstaKC Captures: Rosedale Memorial Arch

October 25, 2016

#InstaKC Captures is a blog series that highlights some of the most photogenic sights in Kansas City. From iconic monuments to lesser known gems, we tour the city in search of some of the best places to take a snapshot.

This week, we visit the Rosedale Memorial Arch, a striking tribute dedicated to the individuals from the Rosedale neighborhood who lost their lives in World War I and in subsequent conflicts. 

Rosedale Memorial Arch

The Rosedale Memorial arch may be the lesser-known of KC's two great World War I monuments (the first being the National World War I Museum and Memorial), it has an inspiring story all its own.

Built in 1923 and dedicated the following year, the monument was designed by neighborhood resident John LeRoy Marshall to memorialize those the area lost during the Great War.

Marshall drew inspiration for the design from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, one of the most famous monuments in the world. 

The 42nd Rainbow Division

Soldiers from the Rosedale neighborhood served in the 42nd Rainbow Division, which, in 1917, played an integral role in the Battle of Champagne, as well as at Argonne, the final battle of the Great War.

Rainbow Boulevard (located nearby) is named in honor of this division. The arch now memorializes members from the community who have lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 

Hidden Downtown Skyline



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Although mostly hidden from passersby, the arch is home to one of the most striking views of Downtown KC.

Thankfully, this high-top spot is closer than you'd think. Head southwest for a less-than-seven-minute drive from the Power & Light District and you'll have your next great Instagram shot in no time.