Founded in 1838 as the ''Town of Kansas,'' Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri. The city is often abbreviated as KC and with over 200 fountains has been nicknamed the City of Fountains.
-With a total population of 2.1 million, Kansas City is the 29th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
-The Kansas City Barbecue Society reports that KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation.
-Kansas City ignored Prohibition during the 1920s, leading to an abundance of jazz clubs, brothels and gambling halls. This earned the city the moniker ''The Paris of the Plains'' after one journalist wrote ''If you want to see some sin, forget Paris and head to Kansas City.''
-In 1910, Joyce Hall began selling postcards out of a shoebox in Kansas City. Today, his company has grown to the world’s largest greeting-cards maker, Hallmark Cards.
-Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium has hosted more NCAA Final Four Championships than any other venue in the country.
-The scoreboard at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first to transmit instant replay.
-Interstate Bakeries, which makes Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is based in Kansas City.
-Kansas City is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world. Based here since 1932, Russell Stover Candies still hand dips more than 25 million pieces of chocolate each year.