In 1883, Willard E. Winner came to the area with visionary plans of building a city and bridge. He built a rock road that became Swift Avenue; he started constructing a bridge across the Missouri River; and purchased land and laid subdivisions in town lots. When a new city springs up, it usually has its beginning in the congregation of a number of people who create for themselves the habitations, business buildings, traffic ways and other conveniences necessary to urban existence. The city acquires a population first and its structural form later.
Sears Building In North Kansas City, the industrial giant of Clay County, the order was reversed -- North Kansas City was well planned and built with homes, commercial houses, paved and lighted streets, a water works system and parks in advance of its inhabitants. The district was incorporated on November 4, 1912, as the Town of North Kansas City.
Today, North Kansas City is still a thriving, progressive community where residents, industry, commerce, and government work together for the common good. The vitality of the City is evidenced by new construction of office and industrial space; renovation and re-tenanting of the downtown retail district; new motels, restaurants and entertainment facilities; beautification projects; and, most important, a strong, readily felt community pride. In North Kansas City, the vision lives and grows...because the people, businesses, and the government work at it!
NORTHTOWN is home for over one thousand companies engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, wholesale and retail trade, and business and personal services. This strong and stable economic base keeps taxes low and municipal services high in quantity and quality.
Armour Cafe Major businesses include: North Kansas City Hospital, Burlington Northern Railroad, National Starch & Chemical Corp., Payless Cashways, Midwestern Paper, Osco Drug, Rainen Business Interiors, CitiCorp, Cerner Corporation, Helzberg's Diamond Shops, Jack Millers, Union Carbide, and Midland-Eagle Printing. And, an economic "boom" is taking place in NORTHTOWN, generating new industrial and commercial facilities, restaurants and services.
The children of North Kansas City, from kindergarten through high school, enjoy first-rate educational opportunities from the AAA-rated North Kansas City School District. Advanced and adult education is readily available among the two dozen junior colleges, colleges and universities located in the metropolitan area.
A welcome invitation to join in worship is extended by the five churches in North Kansas City. Each church has its own program of activities in addition to regular services, and congregations are active and enthusiastic.
Plenty of free parking and a comfortable environment make shopping for goods and services in NORTHTOWN a real pleasure. You'll find what you want in DOWNTOWN NORTHTOWN and enjoy the personal attention of friendly merchants and service providers. Specialty shops, boutiques, beauty salons, barber shops, restaurants, food stores... all are conveniently accessible.
Two banks and two savings and loan associations offer a full range of financial services. Motels, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities are also readily available in NORTHTOWN.
The opportunities abound, both within NORTHTOWN and within a short drive of NORTHTOWN. In NORTHTOWN, you'll find bowling, billiards, miniature golf, live musical entertainment and dancing. And, the City's Parks and Recreation Department offers a host of activities and facilities including swimming, tennis, and picnicking.
Want more? Take a ten minute drive to the Truman Sports Complex for Kansas City Royals pro baseball or Kansas City Chiefs pro football, or take a five minute drive to Kemper Arena/American Royal Center or Bartle Hall/Municipal Auditorium Convention Center to see concerts and expositions. There’s also the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks within ten minutes drive.
Within fifteen minutes of North Kansas City are Starlight Theater, the Kansas City Zoo and the Woodland's Dog Race Track. Head right across the Missouri River to enjoy live theater, ballet, symphony and opera in downtown Kansas City. To the North you can enjoy sports and golf at beautiful Smithville Lake or other nearby lakes and courses.
NORTHTOWN may be geographically small, but it offers a big package of services. Fire and police protection rank among the best in Missouri and in the Kansas City metro area, resulting in low property insurance rates for residents and businesses. The fire insurance rating in North Kansas City is 4. The City's fire department has 53 full-time personnel and the most modern equipment available. Emergency medical services are offered free to residents and businesses in NORTHTOWN. Over 34 full-time policemen insure a low crime rate. NORTHTOWN is also part of the metro area's 911 Emergency Call System.
NKC Firemen NORTHTOWN has its own hospital, library and park system. Macken Park is a large, beautiful park with a walking trail, running track, picnic shelters, playgrounds, lighted tennis and handball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts. Just south of Macken is the municipal swimming pool and Dagg Park with picnic tables, children's playground, wading pool, and fountain. The North Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department offers an extensive list of programs and activities year-round.
The City cooperates with local merchants in providing area residents and workers with entertainment events like Northtown's Noontime Friday in the Square concerts, parades and special displays.
North Kansas City's Library at 23rd and Howell has over 40,000 volumes and offers preschool and adult film programs weekly. Services include the loan of records, video tapes, films and art prints as well as an extensive business section.
North Kansas City Hospital, founded in 1958, is a primary acute care center. The 360-bed facility offers a full range of diagnostic, surgical, and rehabilitation services. The hospital's mental health division, and six story medical office complements medical care with complete health services.
Businesses are encouraged to contact City Hall for up-to-date information regarding economic development programs.
North Kansas City has a Mayor/Council/City Administrator form of government. The work of officials and city staff is aided by dozens of community-minded residents and business people who voluntarily serve on boards, commissions and committees. They work together to provide the best possible services and programs.
The City government works closely with volunteer and civic associations to assist those who need support and to promote a feeling of community togetherness. The North Kansas City Resource Center, Ministerial Alliance, NKC Hospital Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels Program, and City employee participation in United Way drives are examples. Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, American Business Women, Soroptimist, Pilot's Clubs, the NKC Historical Committee, the Ararat Shrine, the North Kansas City Merchants Association and the Northland Chamber of Commerce and Clay County Economic Development Council are other examples of cooperation between governmental and non-governmental service agencies and organizations.
320 Armour Road, Suite 220
North Kansas City, MO 64116