Kansas City, Kansas, the seat of Wyandotte County and the third largest city in the state. Kansas City lies in northeastern Kansas at the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers, adjoining Kansas City, Missouri. The two cities, although separate politically, are linked economically in many ways and form the core of a large metropolitan area. Kansas City has an area of 110 square miles (285 km 2 ). Elevations vary from about 700 to 900 feet (210 to 270 m) above sea level.
Kansas City's economy is based largely on the processing and shipping of farm products, on manufacturing, and on related commercial activities. Storing and milling wheat are important, as are automobile assembly, detergent manufacturing, petroleum refining, meat packing, and steel fabrication. There are large railway classification yards and industrial parks.
The University of Kansas Medical Center is here. It includes a hospital and medical and nursing schools. The Agricultural Hall of Fame and National Center has displays on the history and development of agriculture. Kansas City has a symphony orchestra, a civic art gallery, a history museum, and a large park and lake.
The first settlement, called Wyandot, was made near the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers in 1843 by Wyandot Indians who had moved westward from Ohio. By 1858, following a treaty with the federal government in 1855, the Wyandots had been largely displaced by white settlers. Between 1869 and 1880 other Kansas towns were established nearby, including Kansas City, Armourdale, and Armstrong. They merged in 1886 to form the city of Kansas City.
Kansas City grew as a railway terminal and as a wheat, cattle, and meat-packing center. Later, it developed into a major industrial center.