KANSAS CITY TRADITIONS: Authentic, All-American and Uniquely KC
CITY OF FOUNTAINS
Kansas City is home to more than 200 fountains—a total that eclipses every city in the world besides Rome. From large and majestic to small and whimsical, discover waterworks dedicated to fallen firefighters, the city’s children, women’s leadership and more.
From the Roaring ’20s to the early ’40s, jazz reigned in Kansas City. The city’s 12th Street became world renowned for its jazz clubs, gambling parlors and brothels—earning Kansas City the moniker the “Paris of the Plains.”
Today, live jazz can still be heard regularly at 40 clubs throughout the city.
When most people think of Kansas City, barbecue comes to mind. And there’s good reason: the city’s signature food is served up at more than 100 barbecue establishments, each boasting a house specialty.
Every fall, Kansas City hosts the world’s largest barbecue competition of 600 teams, the American Royal Barbecue.