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Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri

TAKEN FROM WIKIPEDIA. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Kansas City Terminal Railway, a company controlled by the 12 railroads serving Kansas City, decided that a new location was needed for the train depot. The location at the time was prone to flooding by the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. A new location was selected south of the central business district, above and away from the floodplain. The architect chosen to design the building was Jarvis Hunt, a proponent of the City Beautiful movement. The design was a main hall for ticketing, and a perpendicular hall extending out over the tracks for passenger waiting. The Beaux-Arts station opened on October 30, 1914 as the second-largest train station in the country. The building encompasses 850,000 square feet (79,000 m²), the ceiling in the Grand Hall is 95 feet (29 m) high, there are three chandeliers weighing 3,500 pounds (1600 kg) each, and the Grand Hall clock has a six-foot (1.8-m) diameter face. Due to its central location, Kansas City was a hub for both passenger and freight rail traffic. The scale of the building reflected this status.

Union Station made headlines on June 17, 1933, as four unarmed FBI agents were gunned down by gang members attempting to free captured fugitive Frank Nash. Nash was also killed in the gun battle. The “Kansas City Massacre” highlighted the lawlessness of Kansas City under the Pendergast Machine and resulted in the arming of all FBI agents.


Today Union Station receives no public funding. Current operating costs are funded by general admission and theater ticketing, grants, corporate and private donations, commercial space leases and facility rental. Union Station is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Union Station is now home to Science City, a family-friendly interactive science center with more than 50 hands-on exhibits; the H&R Block City Stage Theater, a live-action venue with productions for young and old alike; the Reginer Extreme Screen, the largest I-werks 3-D movie screen in the region at five and half stories tall; two restaurants, including Pierponts, an upscale steak and seafood restaurant, and the Harvey House Diner, a '50s-style tribute to the restaurants once owned and operated by Fred Harvey; retail shops, including the Station Master gift shop; the Gottlieb Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the area; and various temporary museum exhibits including the internationally acclaimed Dead Sea Scrolls in the spring of 2007, Bodies Revealed from February 29 - September 1, 2008, and Dialog in the Dark. The Irish Museum and Cultural Center has been located in the station since March 17, 2007.
I caught this shot at dusk, with an old Sony 5.1 mp camera. I loved that camera.
Union Station

I caught this shot at dusk, with an old Sony 5.1 mp camera. I loved that camera.

This shot was taken of Union Station in 1921 at the dedication of the Liberty Memorial Monument.
Union Station, 1921

This shot was taken of Union Station in 1921 at the dedication of the Liberty Memorial Monument.

You cannot imagine how cold it was that night. I was struggling with the tripod, while trying to keep an eye out for bad guys. This was after all, before the rentovation of Liberty Memorial, which was where this shot was taken. Lots of muggings went on down there then.
City Lights

You cannot imagine how cold it was that night. I was struggling with the tripod, while trying to keep an eye out for bad guys. This was after all, before the rentovation of Liberty Memorial, which was where this shot was taken. Lots of muggings went on down there then.

Looking northwest of the main hall. Holy Moses it was cold that day, with lots of biting wind.
From Main Street

Looking northwest of the main hall. Holy Moses it was cold that day, with lots of biting wind.

This was one of the first shots taken of Union Station with one of my very first digital cameras. This was taken with an old Sony FD90 that put its pictures onto a 3.5 floppy diskette.
Blue

This was one of the first shots taken of Union Station with one of my very first digital cameras. This was taken with an old Sony FD90 that put its pictures onto a 3.5" floppy diskette.

Again, a night shot taken with the Sony Cybershot.
Am Nacht

Again, a night shot taken with the Sony Cybershot.

I took this shot, as I did the following, at around 0630 in the morning, when it was still dark. This shows the main entrance hall.
Main Hall

I took this shot, as I did the following, at around 0630 in the morning, when it was still dark. This shows the main entrance hall.

The inside of the central archway.
Main Archway

The inside of the central archway.

This one is the east arch, and in front of it is a massive toy train set. Hmm.
Left Archway

This one is the east arch, and in front of it is a massive toy train set. Hmm.

No amount of editing would take care of the glow rings.
Chandelier

No amount of editing would take care of the glow rings.

This is a poor shot of the holiday wreath hanging above the east archway.
Holiday Wreath

This is a poor shot of the holiday wreath hanging above the east archway.

This is a better view of the train set, and the restaraunt housed inside the station.
East Wing

This is a better view of the train set, and the restaraunt housed inside the station.

The waiting area for Amtrak. Notice the little blonde girl staring at me as I took the picture.
Tickets Please

The waiting area for Amtrak. Notice the little blonde girl staring at me as I took the picture.

My niece waiting for her train to board. I was so sad to see her head home. She's the sweetest thing, and we love her so.
Emily-Rose

My niece waiting for her train to board. I was so sad to see her head home. She's the sweetest thing, and we love her so.

More passenger madness at the train depot.
Excuse Me

More passenger madness at the train depot.

These two boys were giving their mother fits. I giggled and giggled, but always to myself. Then I took the shot.
Settle Down

These two boys were giving their mother fits. I giggled and giggled, but always to myself. Then I took the shot.

Notice above the archway the old photograph. It's of the Union Station from years past. Very cool.
Panoramic View

Notice above the archway the old photograph. It's of the Union Station from years past. Very cool.

This older gentleman kept limping around talking to people. They'd be polite but it wasn't long before they shined him on and he was forced to find someone else. Finally he settled on this poor guard who couldn't run away. He chewed that guys ear for half an hour.
Kiss Me You Fool

This older gentleman kept limping around talking to people. They'd be polite but it wasn't long before they shined him on and he was forced to find someone else. Finally he settled on this poor guard who couldn't run away. He chewed that guys ear for half an hour.

My niece's train the morning she left.
East Bound & Down

My niece's train the morning she left.

If you get on the wrong train, what a huge mistake you'd be forced to correct ... but where?
East Or West

If you get on the wrong train, what a huge mistake you'd be forced to correct ... but where?

The conductor running around ordering folks to find their tickets and get on their trains.
All Aboard

The conductor running around ordering folks to find their tickets and get on their trains.

Most of the trains were loaded by now.
Loaded

Most of the trains were loaded by now.

The sun is finally out and the trains are ready to start rolling.
Sunrise

The sun is finally out and the trains are ready to start rolling.

This led us back into the train station. I walked this after I put my niece on her train.
East Walkway

This led us back into the train station. I walked this after I put my niece on her train.

This time I took the shot from the North Wing, showing the hanging clock.
Central Archway

This time I took the shot from the North Wing, showing the hanging clock.

The doors leading to the waiting room.
Waiting Room

The doors leading to the waiting room.

Another waiting area.
Carriage Pavilion

Another waiting area.

A collection of toy trains. I found it more than just mildly interesting that a massive toy train setup, AND, this collection of vintage toy trains, would be on display in a major railway station. Maybe it's just me, but I saw this stuff, and thought, Hmm.
Train Collection

A collection of toy trains. I found it more than just mildly interesting that a massive toy train setup, AND, this collection of vintage toy trains, would be on display in a major railway station. Maybe it's just me, but I saw this stuff, and thought, "Hmm".

This was a wonderful shot. The sun had just come out and the north wing was beginning to be lit. I saw this and could not help but think of the thousands, tens of thousands of people who must have passed through these gates.
The North Wing

This was a wonderful shot. The sun had just come out and the north wing was beginning to be lit. I saw this and could not help but think of the thousands, tens of thousands of people who must have passed through these gates.

By now, obviously, the sun had begun to come up.
Central Archway

By now, obviously, the sun had begun to come up.

After the sun had risen.
Main Hall

After the sun had risen.

No thank you. It looks like one of those old wagons pulled by horses. Salesman would sell their snake oil from town to town in wagins that looked a lot like this.
Popcorn

No thank you. It looks like one of those old wagons pulled by horses. Salesman would sell their snake oil from town to town in wagins that looked a lot like this.

In the light.
Central Archway

In the light.

In the morning glow.
Main Hallway

In the morning glow.

I left, melancholy about my niece leaving. We hope she returns very soon.
Front Entrance

I left, melancholy about my niece leaving. We hope she returns very soon.

Looking from the parking lot.
Central Archway

Looking from the parking lot.

I took this shot from the deck of the Liberty Memorial Monument. This is about as perfect a shot, ans I'm capable of making.
Union Station

I took this shot from the deck of the Liberty Memorial Monument. This is about as perfect a shot, ans I'm capable of making.

Same shot, but in black & white.
Union B&W

Same shot, but in black & white.

I took this shot of Union Station from atop the Liberty Memorial Monument tower.
From Above

I took this shot of Union Station from atop the Liberty Memorial Monument tower.

from the Liberty Memorial Monument Tower. I tried to wait for the clouds to clear, but subsequent shots showed they only got worse.
Kansas City

from the Liberty Memorial Monument Tower. I tried to wait for the clouds to clear, but subsequent shots showed they only got worse.

I took this shot as I was leaving the grounds.
Good Morning

I took this shot as I was leaving the grounds.

This shot was taken many, many moons ago.
Am Nacht

This shot was taken many, many moons ago.