Monday, October 18, 2010

Daytripping Westport

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Ken and I spent one Thursday evening daytripping a very familiar place -- Westport.  Westport is the oldest neighborhood in Kansas City.  It was once a town that was established to outfit travelers heading west on the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.  The founders of Westport started Kansas City as a river port for Westport.  The river city outgrew Westport, and eventually annexed it.  Westport has many layers of history, that are easy to miss, especially since most people visiting Westport these days are not going for a history lesson. 
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For a Thursday night, Westports success as an entertainment district became apparent, as it was hard to locate a parking space.  When we finally did, a stark reminder greeted us in the memorial of a recent murder victim here.  Westport has had a troubled recent past, as many who come here do not always have nice intentions.
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A failed mall sits in the center of Westport.  It is now mostly office space.  Manor Square was renovated in 1987 out of the old Manor Bread bakery.
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An interesting visit on Manor Square's history is linked here.
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The former art deco Katz drug store at the corner of Westport and Main, sits empty now.  The former occupant, Osco, moved out a few years ago.  
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Art Deco is a strong theme on this corner
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Here is a link to the Corner Restaurant and its history.
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We were taking a picture of Sinbad's, when the owner, Sammi, asked us why we were taking a picture of his business.  He had his laptop out, so I showed him the blog.  We struck up a conversation, and he asked us to sit and be his guests.  It was perfect timing for a coffee break.  I got to try Turkish Coffee for the first time.  Sammi told us he had been here in the US for 6 years, having come here from Palestine.  He operates an eclectic hookah lounge and coffee house.  We sat and talked religion and politics, a big no no in the US these days, but it was a great experience.  
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http://www.kellyswestportinn.com/history
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The building next door to Kelly's is historic too...
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Here is a bit of Westport googie in video...





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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I lived in Westport for 16 years. Moved away in 1993, first to the east coast and then ended up in Wisconsin.

Your pictures of my old stomping grounds brought back lots of memories. It's interesting that Dave's Stagecoach Inn is still in business. That's one of the first places I ever went in Westport, before I lived there.

I still miss the great food, people and camaraderie that Westport has attracted over the years.

Thanks again for bringing back good memories of great times.

---
RoZ

Code Black said...

Hey RoZ, thanks for your comment,

Stevo

Steve said...

Nice work. I miss the 1980's Westport. Things (the vibe-attitude) have really changed since then and I rarely go to Westport anymore despite the fact we reside in Midtown-South Kansas City.

The soul of a new machine has taken over there.

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