The West Bottoms originated with trade between trappers and the Kansas Indians. The area is where the Missouri River and the Kaw River (once known as the Kansas River) join. The area became the receiving point for goods from steamships traveling upstream on the Missouri River. The importance of the area increased with the railroad. The stockyards, established in 1871, developed here because of the livestock brought in from the railroad.
There are many vacant buildings in the West Bottoms, Vintage Markets, architectural salvage, vintage markets, lofts and art gallery contribute to a resurgence in the area. It is another of my favorite places to visit. This photo shows downtown KC on the hill in the background.