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  • More than 200 fountains in the area earned Kansas City, Missouri, its nickname, "The City of Fountains."
  • Kansas City is the number 1 inland trade zone in area, and is the second-largest rail center in the United States.
  • The distinctive swing sound of Kansas City jazz dates to the mid-1930s, when Count Basie played local clubs
  • Kansas City is third in the nation for professional theaters per capita, with performances offered by a dozen companies.
  • Boasting one of the tallest, largest and fastest roller coasters in the world, the theme of Kansas City's Worlds of Fun amusement park was based on Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days."
  • Kansas, and hence Kansas City, was named for the Kansa, or Kaw, Indians. Kansas means "people of the south wind." Kansas first appeared on maps drawn by French explorers Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette.
  • Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the only intertribal university for Native Americans in the United States. Its enrollment represents more than 100 tribes.
  • The ruts created by heavily loaded ox-pulled wagons along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails may still be seen. Santa Fe Trail markers may be seen in throughout the area, including in Olathe and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • The Quindaro Ruins in Kansas City, Kansas, where runaway slaves landed upon their arrival in the free state of Kansas, is the largest underground railroad archaeological site in the nation.
  • Professional golfer Tom Watson is a native of Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Rocker and television personality Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • KC is dead center on your U.S. map. Located near the true geographic and population centers of the nation, Kansas City is the nation's most centrally located city. The city encompasses a 17-county bistate region, located in both Missouri and Kansas.
  • Kansas City is home to the world's largest underground business complex, known as Subtropolis. More than 40 businesses are located in this 5 million sq. ft. subsurface development, created through the mining out of a 270 million-year-old limestone deposit.