Kansas City metropolitan area
The Kansas City metropolitan area is a 14 county metropolitan area anchored by Kansas City and straddling the border between the U. S. states of Kansas. With a population of 2,104,509, it ranks as the second largest metropolitan area centered in Missouri. Alongside Kansas City, the area includes a number of other cities and suburbs, the largest being Overland Park, Kansas; the Mid-America Regional Council serves as the Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the area. The larger Kansas City Metropolitan Area as seen on a map can be visualized as four quadrants: The map's northeast quadrant is locally referred to as "north of the river" or "the Northland", it includes parts of Missouri including North Kansas City, Missouri. North Kansas City is bounded by a bend in the Missouri River that defines a border between Wyandotte County and Clay County, Missouri running North-South and a border between North Kansas City and Kansas City, Missouri running East-West; the river band's sharpest part forms a peninsula containing the Kansas City Downtown Airport.
The southeast quadrant includes Kansas City and surrounding areas in Missouri. It includes the notorious Grandview Triangle; the southwest quadrant includes all of Johnson County, which includes the towns in the area known as Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Interstate 35 runs diagonally through Johnson County, Kansas from the southwest to downtown Kansas City, Missouri; the northwest quadrant contains Wyandotte County and parts of Platte County, Missouri. Wyandotte County, sometimes referred to as just Wyandotte, which contains Kansas City, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, Kansas is governed by a single unified government; the Wyandotte government is referred to as "The Unified Government". Another bend in the Missouri River forms the county line between Wyandotte County and Platte County, Missouri to the north and northeast. Downtown always refers to downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Downtown is the Kansas City's historic center, located within Kansas City and containing the city's original town site, business districts, residential neighborhoods.
Downtown is bounded by the Missouri River on the north, the Missouri-Kansas state line on the west, 31st Street on the south and Woodland Avenue on the east. The downtown area includes the Central Business District and its buildings, which form the city's skyline; the Downtown Loop is formed by Interstates 670, 70 and 35. Within the downtown loop are many of the tall buildings and skyscrapers that make up the city's skyline. Within the downtown loop are small, distinct neighborhoods such as Quality Hill, the Garment District, the Financial District, the Convention Center District, the Power and Light District. Other neighborhoods within downtown are the River Market and Columbus Park, both located between the downtown loop and the Missouri River. Between the downtown loop and the state line are the Westside neighborhood and the West Bottoms, located at the bottom of the bluff adjacent to Kaw Point. East of the loop are the 18th & Vine District, the North Bottoms, Northeast Kansas City. South of the loop is the Crossroads District, Union Hill, Crown Center, Hospital Hill, Wendell Phillips, Washington Wheatley.
The Kansas City Convention Center, Municipal Auditorium, City Hall, Lyric Theater, Midland Theatre, Ilus Davis Park, Barney Allis Plaza are within the Central Business District inside the downtown loop. The Sprint Center and the College Basketball Experience are within the Power & Light District within the downtown loop; the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is perched upon a high point south of the downtown loop. South of the loop is the Crossroads District, Union Station, Crown Center, the National World War I Museum, Liberty Memorial, Penn Valley Park, Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital, the 18th & Vine District. North of the loop are City Market within Richard L. Berkeley Riverfront Park. West of the loop within the West Bottoms are Hale Arena. Midtown is within Kansas City, just south of downtown, bounded by 31st Street on the north, the state line on the west, West Gregory Boulevard on the south, Troost Avenue on the east. Midtown is the core of the metropolitan area, as it contains numerous cultural attractions and entertainment areas, large hospitals and the metro area's most densely populated neighborhoods.
Midtown consists of numerous distinct and historic neighborhoods such as Westport, Hyde Park, Southmoreland. Shopping is centered on the Country Club Plaza, which contains numerous luxury retailers and restaurants. Brookside and Westport contain smaller-scale, neighborhood-oriented, niche-market retailers. Midtown is home to Research Medical Center. Cultural attractions include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Uptown Theater, Starlight Theater, the Kansas City Zoo, Loose Park, Swope Park; the last of these contains a soccer complex, home to FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League and the Swope Park Rangers, a United Soccer League team, the official reserve side for the area's Major League Soccer club, Sporting Kansas City. Major educational institutions include the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Rockhurst University, Kansas City Art Institute, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Midwest Research I
Okkervil River is an American rock band led by singer-songwriter Will Sheff. Formed in Austin, Texas in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya set on the river in Saint Petersburg, they began as a trio made up of Sheff and friends he had met in his native state of New Hampshire but, over time, have gone through many lineups. Okkervil River self-released their first album, Stars Too Small to Use, which led them to the South by Southwest music festival. After recording their first album in a garage, they signed with Jagjaguwar, they continued by releasing four more albums, including the critically lauded concept album Black Sheep Boy. After a period of touring for Black Sheep Boy, Okkervil River followed up with The Stage Names; the album sold 10,000 in its opening week in the United States. The group released Golden Opportunities Mixtape from their live performances; the band has garnered positive critical reception. They have appeared on the talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien and have performed with acts such as The Decemberists, The New Pornographers, The National, Lou Reed.
Okkervil River released the album The Stand Ins on 9 September 2008. They promoted the release with a series of cover songs from the album on YouTube by people they've met as a band, their 2010 collaboration as a backing band with psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson yielded True Love Cast Out All Evil. On 10 May 2011, Okkervil River released their sixth full-length album, I Am Very Far, which peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard 200. The band released their seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium, on 3 September 2013; the album peaked at No. 66 on the Billboard 200. This was followed by the album, released on September 9, 2016 on ATO Records. Okkervil River's founding members became friends at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, after parting ways for college moved to Austin, Texas to live together and start a band; the band consisted of singer-songwriter Will Sheff, Zach Thomas on bass and mandolin, Seth Warren on drums. Their first gig was at Steamboat in Austin on 11 January 1999. In 1998, the group self-released their first disc, Bedroom EP.
Over the course of two weekends in the summer of 1999, they recorded a seven song self-released album titled Stars Too Small to Use, with recording engineer Jeff Hoskins. They met Jonathan Meiburg at a gig with his band Whu Gnu at the Waterloo Brewing Company on December 3, 1999. Meiburg subsequently joined the band on accordion and on pianos and organs. On the strength of Stars Too Small to Use, Okkervil River was admitted into the 2000 SXSW music festival, their first major press was a SXSW feature article in the Austin Chronicle on 3 March 2000. The band met recording engineer and producer Brian Beattie at their SXSW showcase on 18 March 2000 and soon agreed to make a record together, they spent. Warren was replaced on drums by Mark Pedini. By the time of that year's SXSW festival, Okkervil River had received interest in their new record from the Bloomington, Indiana-based record label Jagjaguwar; the record was released on Jagjaguwar on January 22, 2002. One year the band traveled to San Francisco and reunited with Warren to record their third album at Tiny Telephone with engineer Scott Solter at the console.
Jagjaguwar released Down the River of Golden Dreams on 2 September 2003. In 2003, Pedini left the band to pursue his graphic design work, leaving Okkervil River without a drummer for that year's SXSW, they invited Travis Nelsen, fresh off a tour filling in on drums for sister labelmates Secretly Canadian's Swearing at Motorists, to perform with them. He soon became the band's full-time drummer; the next year, during a long bout of touring, the band added keyboardist and lap-steel player Howard Draper as a fifth member. In August 2004, the band began recording with Beattie again putting the finishing touches on their third full-length album, Black Sheep Boy in November, it was released on 5 April 2005. As a result of the album's critical success, Okkervil River followed up with an EP entitled Black Sheep Boy Appendix on 22 November 2005; this was the first recording with Draper and keyboardist Scott Brackett, guitarist Brian Cassidy, touring bassist Pat Pestorius, who replaced Zach Thomas in the band.
The band signed to Virgin/EMI in Europe and the label re-released Black Sheep Boy and its follow-up Black Sheep Boy Appendix as a double disc on 28 April 2006. Jagjaguwar followed suit, releasing the Definitive Edition with extra songs and videos; the Stage Names, their fourth full-length studio album, was released on 7 August 2007. The disc features the line-up that toured extensively on Black Sheep Boy and the Black Sheep Boy Appendix, with Cassidy replacing Draper who joined Shearwater; the album was met with critical acclaim and debuted at number 62 on the Billboard 200 with 10,000 copies sold. Okkervil River released their fifth album The Stand Ins on 9 September 2008. In its first week, the album charted at No. 42 with 11,000 copies sold, according to the Billboard 200. On 12 December 2007, the band released a nine-song mixtape entitled Golden Opportunities Mixtape via their website; these recordings, along with the upcoming appendix, are the first to feature contributions from new touring keyboardist, Justin Sherburn, who joined the band in November 2007.
In 2008 guitarist Brian Cassidy stepped down from the band as a full-time touring member and was temporarily replaced by Charles Bissell of The Wrens for their spring and summer tours. Bissell was replaced by Lauren Gurgiolo and songwriter of the Austin, Texas band The Dialtones. After p
City of Kansas City
The City of Kansas City was a streamlined passenger train operated by the Wabash Railroad and its successor the Norfolk and Western Railway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, it operated from 1947 to 1968. At the time of its introduction it was the only streamliner which operated within the state of Missouri; the City of Kansas City commenced operating on November 26, 1947, made a daily 278-mile round trip schedule between St. Louis and Kansas City. At the time of its introduction it was the only streamliner which operated within the state of Missouri. General Omar Bradley, a native Missourian who as a young man had worked on the Wabash, christened the new train. A daylight train, #3 departed St. Louis at 8:45am, arrived in KC at 2:15pm; the consist was turned around and readied for the eastbound trip as #12, departing KC at 3:55pm, arriving in St. Louis at 9:45pm; the Norfolk and Western Railway leased the Wabash in 1964 but did not discontinue the City of Kansas City until February 1968.
The American Car and Foundry Company built the original seven-car consist in their St. Charles, Missouri plant in the suburbs of St. Louis. Cars included a baggage car, baggage-mail car, two 58-seat coaches, a lunch counter-coach, a dining car, a parlor-observation car; the interior of the parlor-observation car was designed according to Pullman Plan #9001 and Pullman managed the car, as it did with all the Wabash parlor cars
Kansas City (Leiber and Stoller song)
"Kansas City" is a rhythm and blues song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952. First recorded by Little Willie Littlefield the same year, the song became a #1 hit when it was recorded by Wilbert Harrison in 1959. "Kansas City" became one of Leiber and Stoller's "most recorded tunes, with more than three hundred versions," with several appearing in the R&B and pop record charts. "Kansas City" was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two nineteen-year-old rhythm and blues fans from Los Angeles, who had their first success writing Charles Brown's #7 R&B chart hit "Hard Times". Neither were inspired by Big Joe Turner records. I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come They got a crazy way of lovin' there, I'm gonna get me some I'm gonna be standing on the corner, of Twelfth Street and Vine With my Kansas City baby, a bottle of Kansas City wine... Through a connection to producer Ralph Bass, they wrote "Kansas City" for West Coast blues/R&B artist Little Willie Littlefield.
There was an initial disagreement between the two writers over the song's melody: Leiber preferred a traditional blues song, while Stoller wanted a more distinctive vocal line. They taught the song to Littlefield at Maxwell Davis' house, who arranged and provided the tenor sax for the song. Littlefield recorded the song in Los Angeles in 1952, during his first recording session for Federal Records, a King Records subsidiary. Federal's Ralph Bass changed the title to "K. C. Loving", which he considered to sound "hipper" than "Kansas City". Littlefield's record had some success in parts of the U. S. but it did not reach the national chart. In 1955, Little Richard recorded two rather different versions of "Kansas City": on September 13, on November 29; the first version, close to the original song, was released much in November 1970, on the compilation album Well Alright!. This version was the first to bear the new title "Kansas City". Richard's second version which had the same name, but, re-worked by Little Richard was released in late 1958 on The Fabulous Little Richard and in April 1959 as a single.
This particular version was covered by the Beatles. On May 9, 1956, Little Richard recorded his own song "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" known as "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!" which turned out to be similar to a part of the second version of "Kansas City" recorded six months earlier. So a new song had been introduced — it included most of the changes made by Little Richard to the second version of "Kansas City" and had a new name and new writer, Richard Wayne Penniman; this song was released in January 1958 as the B-side of "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and in July 1958 on Little Richard. So it happened that the public perceived the song "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" as an earlier work than "Kansas City" and as its predecessor; this allowed Little Richard to claim co-authorship with respect to this version of the song. In 1964, when The Beatles released their album featuring their version "Kansas City" as performed by Little Richard, the attorneys representing Venice Music made a complaint, as a result the record label was revised to read: "Medley: Kansas City 1964 Macmelodies Ltd./KPM.
Formally, this song could hardly be called a medley, as by definition a medley is a piece composed from parts of existing pieces. Moreover, when Little Richard was recording "Kansas City", the song "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey" did not yet exist. In 1959, after several years of performing Littlefield's "K. C. Loving", Wilbert Harrison decided to record the song. In March 1959, just when the version of Little Richard was released on album, with a trio including guitarist Wild Jimmy Spruill, recorded it in a New York studio for producer Bobby Robinson of Fury Records. "Kansas City" was released on a single by Fury, catalog number 1023 that year. Although the song's arrangement varied little from Littlefield's, it "struck such a solid shuffle groove that it was unforgettable", with inspired rhythm and solo guitar work by Spruill. Harrison's song was issued with Leiber and Stoller's original name, "Kansas City", but changed the refrain to "They got some crazy little women there, I'm gonna get me one" and dropped one twelve-bar section.
Shortly after the song's release, several other versions appeared. Billboard magazine's pop song pick of the week for March 30, 1959 listed five different releases of "Kansas City": Harrison's and versions by Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, Rocky Olson, Rockin' Ronald & the Rebels, a reissue by Littlefield. A week the magazine announced the single release of a version by Little Richard. Although Ballard's and Richard's versions both appeared in the lower reaches of the Billboard charts, Harrison's was a runaway hit, reaching number one in both the R&B and pop charts, where it remained for seven weeks, became one of the top selling records of 1959, it was the final No. 1 single in the US to be released on a 78 record. Harrison
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City is the third-largest city in the State of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City, Kansas is abbreviated as "KCK" to differentiate it from Kansas City, after which it is named, it is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the "Unified Government". Wyandotte County includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville; as of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers. In October 1872, "old" Kansas City, was incorporated; the first city election was held on October 22 of that year, by order of Judge Hiram Stevens of the Tenth Judicial District, resulted in the election of Mayor James Boyle. The mayors of the city after its organization were James Boyle, C. A. Eidemiller, A. S. Orbison, Eli Teed and Samuel McConnell. In June 1880, the Governor of Kansas proclaimed the city of Kansas City a city of the second class with Mayor McConnell present.
In March 1886, "new" Kansas City, was formed through the consolidation of five municipalities: "old" Kansas City, Armourdale, Wyandotte. The oldest city of the group was Wyandotte, formed in 1857 by Wyandot Native Americans and Methodist missionaries. In the 1890s, the city saw an explosive growth in population as a streetcar suburb of Kansas City, Missouri; this growth continued until the 1930s. It was one of the nation's 100 largest cities for many U. S. Census counts, from 1890 to 1960, including 1920, when it had a population of over 100,000 residents for the first time; as with adjacent Kansas City, the percentage of the city's most populous ethnic group, non-Hispanic whites, has declined from 76.3% in 1970 to 40.2% in 2010. In 1997, voters approved a proposition to unify the city and county governments creating the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 128.38 square miles, of which, 124.81 square miles is land and 3.57 square miles is water.
Neighborhoods of Kansas City, include the following: Downtown Argentine − former home to the silver smelter for which it was named. Armourdale − a city, it was consolidated with the city of Kansas City in 1886. Armstrong − a town absorbed by Wyandotte. Bethel − a neighborhood located along Leavenworth Rd. between 72nd and 77th Streets. It was never incorporated as a municipality. Fairfax District − an industrial area along the Missouri River. Muncie Maywood − until the late 1990s, Maywood was a quiet, isolated residential area. Nearman Piper Polish Hill Pomeroy − a late-19th—early-20th-century Train Depot, Trading Post, Saw Mill, river landing for barges to load and unload. Riverview Rosedale − merged with Kansas City in 1922. Stony Point Strawberry Hill Turner − community around the Wyandotte-Johnson County border to the Kansas River north-south, from I-635 to I-435 east-west. Vinewood Wolcott Welborn City Park Wyandotte County Lake Park Kansas City lies in the Midwestern United States, as well as near the geographic center of the country, at the confluence of the longest river in the country, the Missouri River, the Kansas River.
The city lies in the Humid continental climate zone, with four distinct seasons, moderate precipitation, is part of USDA plant hardiness zones 5b and 6a Being located in the center of North America, far removed from a significant body of water, there is significant potential for extremes of hot and cold swings in temperature throughout the year. Unless otherwise stated, normal figures below are based on data from 1981 to 2010 at Downtown Airport; the warmest month of the year is July, with a 24-hour average temperature of 81.0 °F. The summer months are hot, but can get hot and moderately humid, with moist air riding up from the Gulf of Mexico. High temperatures surpass 100 °F on 5.6 days of the year, 90 °F on 47 days. The coldest month of the year is January, with an average temperature of 31.0 °F. Winters are cold, with 22 days where the high is at or below the freezing mark and 2.5 nights with a low at or below 0 °F. The official record maximum temperature is 113 °F, set on August 14, 1936, at Downtown Airport, while the official record minimum temperature is −23 °F, set on December 22 and 23, 1989.
Normal seasonal snowfall is 13.4 inches at Downtown Airport and 18.8 in at Kansas City International Airport. The average window for freezing temperatures is October 31 to April 4, while for measurable snowfall, it is November 27 to March 16 as measured at Kansas City International Airport. Precipitation, both in frequency and total accumulation, shows a marked uptick in late spring and summer. Kansas City is situated on the edge of the "Tornado Alley", a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains in Canada collides with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms during the spring. A few areas of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area have had some severe outbreaks of tornadoes at different points in the past, including the Ruskin Heights tornado in 1957, the May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence; the region can fall victim to the sporadic ice storm during the winter months, such as the 2002 ice
Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success; the album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, its lead single, "Bring Me Some Water", garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single "Ain't It Heavy" from her third album, Never Enough; that year, she released what would become her mainstream breakthrough album, Yes I Am. Its tracks "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window" both reached the top 30 in the United States, the latter earned Etheridge her second Grammy award. Yes I Am peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, spent 138 weeks on the chart, earning a RIAA certification of 6× Platinum, her largest to date. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent surgery and chemotherapy. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she made a return to the stage and, although bald from chemotherapy, performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song "Piece of My Heart".
Etheridge's performance was lauded, with India. Arie writing "I Am Not My Hair" about Etheridge; that year, Etheridge released her first compilation album, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled. The album was a success, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, going Gold immediately. Her latest studio album is Soul. Etheridge is known for her mixture of "confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, raspy, smoky vocals." She has been a gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993. She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations throughout her career, winning two, in 1993 and 1995. In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Need to Wake Up" from the film An Inconvenient Truth. In September 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, the younger of two girls of Elizabeth, a computer consultant, John Etheridge, an American Constitution teacher at Leavenworth High School, her father was a high school psychology teacher and athletic director at her alma mater, Leavenworth High School.
He died in August 1991. Her mother is now retired. Etheridge attended David Brewer School, still located at 17th and Osage Streets, she graduated in 1979 from Leavenworth High School at 10th Halderman. She was a member of the first "Power and Life" musical/dance group at LHS, her childhood home was at 1902 Miami Street. Etheridge's interest in music began early, she began to play in all-men country music groups throughout her teenage years, until she moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Etheridge played the club circuit around Boston. After three semesters, Etheridge decided to drop out of Berklee and head to Los Angeles to attempt a career in music. Etheridge was discovered in a bar called Vermie's in Pasadena, CA, she had made some friends on a women's soccer team and those new friends came to see her play. One of the women was Karla Leopold, whose husband, Bill Leopold, was a manager in the music business. Karla convinced Bill to see her perform live, he was impressed, has remained a pivotal part of Etheridge's career since.
This, in addition to her gigs in lesbian bars around Los Angeles, led to her discovery by Island Records chief Chris Blackwell. She received a publishing deal to write songs for movies including the 1986 movie Weeds. In 1985, prior to her signing, Etheridge sent her demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label, but was rejected, she saved the rejection letter, signed by "the women of Olivia", featured in Intimate Portrait: Melissa Etheridge, the Lifetime Television documentary of her life. After an unreleased first effort, rejected by Island Records as being too polished and glossy, she completed her stripped-down self-titled debut in just four days, her eponymous debut album Melissa Etheridge, released in 1988, was an underground hit, the single, "Bring Me Some Water", a hit on radio, was nominated for a Grammy. At the time of the album's release, it was not known that Etheridge was a lesbian. While on the road promoting the album, she paused in Memphis, Tennessee, to be interviewed for the syndicated radio program Pulsebeat—Voice of the Heartland, explaining the intensity of her music by saying: "People think I'm sad—or angry.
But my songs are written about the conflicts I have... I have no anger toward anyone else." She invited the radio syndication producer to attend her concert that night. He was surprised to find himself one of the few men in attendance. Etheridge followed up her first album's success by contributing background vocals to Don Henley's album The End of the Innocence, she went into the studio and recorded her second album Brave and Crazy, released in 1989. Brave and Crazy followed the same musical formula as her eponymous debut garnering a Grammy nomination; the album peaked at #22 on the Billboard charts. Etheridge went on the road, like one of her musical influences, Bruce Springsteen, built a loyal fan base. Etheridge has "Born to Run" during live shows. In 1992, Etheridge released her third album, Never Enough. Similar to her prior two albums, Never Enough didn't reach the top of the charts peaking at #21 but gave Etheridge her first Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her single "Ain't It Heavy".
Never Enough was considered a more mature album from Etheridge at that time. With rumors circulating around her sexuality (Ethe
City of St. Louis (train)
The City of St. Louis was a streamlined passenger train operated by the Union Pacific Railroad and the Wabash Railroad between St. Louis and Los Angeles, California, it operated from 1946 to 1971. The City of St. Louis began operating on June 2, 1946 between St. Louis and Cheyenne, where its cars were switched to other Union Pacific trains to continue west to the Pacific coast. In April 1951 it became a separate train from St. Louis to Los Angeles, skipping Cheyenne. In 1964 it was combined with the City of Los Angeles west of Ogden, in 1968 with the City of San Francisco from Cheyenne to Ogden. Between St. Louis and Kansas City the train ran on the Wabash Railroad on the Norfolk & Western which leased the Wabash in 1964; this part of the run became a separate train on June 19, 1968, retaining the City of St Louis name until its discontinuance in April 1969. The original 1946 version of the train required three consists to protect its schedule; the consists contained a mix of heavyweight and lightweight equipment: Heavyweight baggage-mail Three lightweight 48-seat coaches Heavyweight dining car Heavyweight club-lounge Heavyweight 10-section, 1-drawing room, 1-compartment sleeping car Lightweight 4-compartment, 2-drawing room, 4-double bedroom sleeping car Lightweight 6-section, 6-roomette, 4-double bedroom sleeping car Heavyweight postal car The 10-1-1 sleeping car operated through to Portland, Oregon.
The 6-4-4 sleeping car operated through to Los Angeles. The 2200-series postal car was added in Colorado for Cheyenne. Kratville, William W. and Ranks, Harold E. The Union Pacific Streamliners. Kratville Publications, 1974. Stout, Route of the Eagles: Missouri Pacific in the Streamlined Era. Kansas City, White River Productions, 1995. Thomas, Lawrence, "Going to California on the Overland Route", TRRA Historical Society magazine, Spring/Summer 1996