Union Station

This beautiful Kansas City landmark and treasure is just a few miles south of our downtown loft. Next month a streetcar line will connect us with it. I remember voting for a tax that restored it. It is a great place to visit. Below is a photo of it when over a half million fans gathered there to celebrate the Royals' World Series win last Fall. Here is a bit of it's history.

Union Station opened in 1914, serving Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding area. During World War II my father-in-law was one of the thousands of soldiers passing through the station. After the war patronage declined. The station was closed in 1985. Then in 1996, a public/private partnership began funding Union Station's $250 million restoration. The station reopened in 1999 housing museums and other public attractions. In 2002, Union Station saw its return as a train station. Amtrak began providing public transportation services and has since become Missouri's second-busiest train station. Today the station boasts restaurants, theaters, museum exhibits, and other interesting attractions.

... a place that I have been to ... part of the A to Z series.

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