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The West Bottoms
West Bottoms
is an industrial area immediately to the west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at the confluence of the Missouri River and the Kansas River. The area is one of the oldest areas of the city. While the West Bottoms
West Bottoms
is still home to several industrial buildings today, its antique shops and haunted houses are very popular. Additionally, there are several art galleries and restaurants located in the West Bottoms, and a few companies have offices in the area. The Kansas River, which runs nearby, is used for rowing, canoeing, and kayaking. History[edit] Kansas City's first Union Depot was located here. It was home to the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange
Kansas City Live Stock Exchange
and Kansas City Stockyards
Kansas City Stockyards
(now defunct) prompting the huge annual American Royal
American Royal
livestock show at Kemper Arena, the site of the 1976 Republican National Convention. The low-lying area has been prone to floods including the Great Flood of 1951 and the Great Flood of 1993. Jim Pendergast
Jim Pendergast
founded the political machine here that was furthered by Tom Pendergast. Tom Pendergast
Tom Pendergast
was an early supporter and promoter of Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
in Jackson County and Missouri politics. Truman would later become President as Vice-President under Franklin D. Roosevelt, upon Roosevelt's death in April 1945. Jim started operations at the "Climax" Saloon on St. Louis Avenue named for a winning race horse he had bet on. During World War II
World War II
Darby Steel Corporation built most of the Landing craft tanks (LCTs) that were used in various amphibious invasions. The plant built one craft a day and floated them more than 1,000 miles down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans, Louisiana, prompting their "Prairie Ships" nickname. Darby's plant at the mouth of the Kansas River
Kansas River
could hold eight 135í LCTs and 16 LCMs in various stages of construction. Many Serbians arrived in the early 1900s and found work in the meat packing houses in the area. The Serbs founded St. George Serbian Orthodox Church on April 18, 1906. The community purchased two houses on North 1st Street. One was converted to a church and the other used as a parish home. The parish stayed in the West Bottoms
West Bottoms
until 1925 when they built a new church on Bethany Street still in Kansas City, Kansas. Today, the parish is located in Lenexa, Kansas, having built their third location in 2006. References[edit]

External links[edit]

Map of Jim Pendergast
Jim Pendergast
Climax Saloon Livestock Exchange Building Commercial Website

Coordinates: 39°06′10″N 94°36′12″W / 39.102755°N 94.603441°W / 39.

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