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Kansas City lives up to billing as Paris on the Plains

This was the home of Harry S.Truman from the time of his marriage to Bess Wallace on June 28, 1919, until his death on December 26, 1972; it's in Independence, about 7 miles east of KC

This was the home of Harry S.Truman from the time of his marriage to Bess Wallace on June 28, 1919, until his death on December 26, 1972; it's in Independence, about 7 miles east of KC

Union Station, opened in 1914, served a peak annual traffic of 670,000  passengers in 1945 at the end of World War II but was closed in 1985; in 1999, the station reopened as a series of museums and other public attractions

Union Station, opened in 1914, served a peak annual traffic of 670,000+ passengers in 1945 at the end of World War II but was closed in 1985; in 1999, the station reopened as a series of museums and other public attractions

The Henry Bloch Fountain features 232 jets of water set to a timed display, with colorful lights at night; Gary and Becky Rodriguez grew up in KC!(with Phyllis, of course!)

The Henry Bloch Fountain features 232 jets of water set to a timed display, with colorful lights at night; Gary and Becky Rodriguez grew up in KC!(with Phyllis, of course!)

The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, 1880; this bronze was cast in 1949 from Rodin's original and showcases the monumental facade of the Nelson-Atkins

The Thinker, Auguste Rodin, 1880; this bronze was cast in 1949 from Rodin's original and showcases the monumental facade of the Nelson-Atkins

Opened in 1926, the National World War I Museum is humongous and ideal for military buffs; at night, the top of the 217-ft tall memorial tower emits a flame effect, steam illuminated by bright red and orange lights

Opened in 1926, the National World War I Museum is humongous and ideal for military buffs; at night, the top of the 217-ft tall memorial tower emits a flame effect, steam illuminated by bright red and orange lights

The Kansas City Sister Cities International Bridge honors Seville, Xi'an (China), Guadalajara, Kabul, Metz (France), Arusha (Tanzania), Hannover (Germany) and several other partner cities

The Kansas City Sister Cities International Bridge honors Seville, Xi'an (China), Guadalajara, Kabul, Metz (France), Arusha (Tanzania), Hannover (Germany) and several other partner cities

The Neptune Fountain was cast in 1911 but didn't get to Kansas City until 1953; KC is known as the City of Fountains with 200  scattered throughout the city

The Neptune Fountain was cast in 1911 but didn't get to Kansas City until 1953; KC is known as the City of Fountains with 200+ scattered throughout the city

A sculptor created this exact replica of the Plaza de Los Reyes fountain in Seville, Spain; famous people from KC include Ed Asner, Joan Crawford, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Jack Sock, Amelia Earhart, Melissa Etheridge and Ernest Hemingway

A sculptor created this exact replica of the Plaza de Los Reyes fountain in Seville, Spain; famous people from KC include Ed Asner, Joan Crawford, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Jack Sock, Amelia Earhart, Melissa Etheridge and Ernest Hemingway

Truman's Presidential Library and Museum were closed for renovations even before Covid struck; the museum opened in 1957 and should re-open sometime this year

Truman's Presidential Library and Museum were closed for renovations even before Covid struck; the museum opened in 1957 and should re-open sometime this year

The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain is among the most famous in town but was undergoing repairs; it's across the street from Country Club Plaza and a Chuy's

The JC Nichols Memorial Fountain is among the most famous in town but was undergoing repairs; it's across the street from Country Club Plaza and a Chuy's

The weather was definitely more appropriate for penguins than people; it was  late October when I visited so I can only imagine what it's like to live here all winter

The weather was definitely more appropriate for penguins than people; it was late October when I visited so I can only imagine what it's like to live here all winter

Truman served his first term in office with no vice-president since this was before the 25th Amendment; given the snow during my visit, it's easy to see why the colorful Harry S. Truman Little White House is in Key West

Truman served his first term in office with no vice-president since this was before the 25th Amendment; given the snow during my visit, it's easy to see why the colorful Harry S. Truman Little White House is in Key West

Across the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lie four large shuttlecocks created by the husband-and-wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen; they are the world's largest shuttlecocks and the symbol for the museum

Across the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art lie four large shuttlecocks created by the husband-and-wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen; they are the world's largest shuttlecocks and the symbol for the museum

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