Kansas City's First Neighborhoods 2019, Kansas City, Thursday, 16. May 2019

Heritage Hikes Series: 
Kansas City's First Neighborhoods
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 during Historic Preservation Month at 9:00 am at various locations throughout the city. Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of Kansas City's neighborhoods. 

Entire Series of 3 Hikes

$60 per person (To purchase a series ticket click any date to proceed.)

Individual Hikes

Members: $25 per person
Non-Members: $30 per person

Please note each hike is RAIN OR SHINE and lasts just over three hours.  You will walk around 3 miles.  Please wear comfortable shoes.


Our hikes and tours are made possible by the generosity of key volunteers and the availability of their schedules. In addition, certain buildings where interiors are showcased, are only open during office hours. 

#1 Heritage Hike: 
Scarritt Point Historic District - SORRY YOU MISSED IT!
May 9, 2019 @ 9:00am - 1:00 pm
Tour convenes at the front gates of the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Boulevard. 
This hike explores Scarritt Point which derives its name from Nathan Scarritt, a pioneer minister, who owned most of the northeast property when the Civil War began. Kansas City's first boulevards and parks were developed in this area between 1892 through 1911 by the innovative landscape architect George E. Kessler with the support of the first Board of Park Commissioners. Walk the broad sidewalks, view the gracious homes and see Kansas City's downtown from Scarritt's Point!

#2 Heritage Hike: 
Central Hyde Park 
May 16, 2019 @ 9:00am - 1:00 pm
Tour convenes at the intersection of 38th and Locust streets. 
Hyde Park, first platted in the 1880's, was originally a nine-acre, grassy park. Today, Hyde Park encompasses 179 acres with 290 significant structures, showcasing Shirtwaist, Queen Anne, Prairie School, Georgian Colonial Revival, and Shingle Style architectural style homes. Within Central Hyde Park is Janssen Place, a district of palatial, private homes, once a private residential district. 

#3 Heritage Hike: 
Kansas City's Crossroads, where the Freight District and Film Row Meet!

May 23, 2019 @ 9:00am - 1:00 pm
Tour convenes at the parking lot south of Lidia's, 101 West 22nd Street.
The hike encompasses the historic buidings along Milwaukee Avenue, Boss Tom Pendergast's office, the TWA Building, Washington Square Park, Korean War Memorial; and the one remaining private residence!.
In the 1930's, Hollywood had a strong connection to Kansas City; when the movie industry needed more centralized distribution points to ship their features nationwide, Hollywood chose Kansas City as one of its largest and Film Row was born.  Today, Kansas City has one of the most intact Film Row districts in the nation.  When galleries arrived in the 1980s, the name Crossroads Arts District had taken hold.

"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, an HKC Past President. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American history, a BS in Education. 

Kansas City's First Neighborhoods 2019

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