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It was first settled in 1831 by a group of Mormon settlers, but had been visited by explorers Etienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont around 1710 and by Lewis and Clark in 1804. The settlement was officially declared a city in 1853.
Today, Kansas City is known for its eclectic, indie feel, and for mixing high end business with art and a small-town warmth. It is known for its cuisine specializing in barbecue, its music scene, its skyscrapers, and architecture.
People Born in Kansas City
Kansas City in People's Lives
Miley Cyrus: While traveling, I caught a cold, which turned into a sinus infection. I was perscribed an antibiotic, which I had an allergic reaction to, and I was taken to the Kansas City Hospital here in 2014.
Walt Disney: I moved here with my parents in 1911, when I was 10 years old. While our country house in Marceline had been where I discovered a love of drawing, this city was where I felt that I really became a true artist. It was also where I discovered theater and film, thanks to a friend at school. I began watching movies at his house and at the theaters obsessively, caught up in the magic of it. As they say, the rest is history. My time in this city paved the way for some of my greatest feats of imagination. I also used to often go to the city's amusement park, Electric City, with my sister, another fantasy experience that I loved. It was a major inspiration for me when I later built Disneyland. My family moved away in 1917, when I was sixteen. In 1919, directly after having spent an enlightening year in France, I moved back to this city with hopes of becoming a newspaper artist, to my parent's dismay. I struggled to find work, and drove an ambulence as a side job, which also did not go well. Finally, in 1921, I found success with my own studio that present animations, which I called "Laugh-O-Grams." My cartoons became highly popular in this city, but due to a lack of available funds, I was forced to close the studio in 1922. However, having tasted the beginnings of a dream come true, I refused to be discouraged, and prepared to move to Hollywood.