"Kansas? Missouri? Which Is It?" Top 5 Page for this destination Geography & Getting Around Tip by basstbn

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by basstbn

Favorite thing: If you really want to irritate a resident of Kansas City, tell them how much you are enjoying your visit to KANSAS. Because most people who live in this area are friendly and polite, your life will not be in jeopardy, and you will be gently informed that they are not in Kansas, but in Missouri. That's right, Missouri. If you land at the airport, you are in Missouri, not Kansas. If you are downtown, or at the Truman Sports Complex, or the zoo, or the Plaza, or Westport, or Crown Center, or the Union Station, you are in Missouri.

There is also a Kansas City, Kansas. Look at the accompanying map from Mapquest.com. There is the Kansas City Metropolitan Area with a blue line (the state line) running through it. On the left of the blue line is the state of Kansas, and on the right is the state of Missouri. Observe that the blue line starts curving from the center of the map to the upper left corner. That is where the states are separated by the MISSOURI River. There is also a Kansas River, sometimes called by its Indian name the Kaw River, which flows into the Missouri River at Kansas City, originally known as Kaw's Mouth. Got it?

Is it that difficult to understand? Well, millions of people don't seem to. Duh!

A brief geography review is a good tip for anybody preparing to visit Kansas City, Missouri, or was it Kansas?* ;-)

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  • Updated Dec 31, 2004
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