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All about Kansas City
Kansas City (abbreviated KC or KCMO) is the largest city in Missouri by population and area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had a population of 508,090 in 2020, and was the 36th most-populous city in the United States as of the 2020 census. It is the most populated municipality and historic core city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri state line and has a population of 2,192,035. Most of the city lies within Jackson County, but portions spill into Clay, Cass, and Platte counties. Kansas City was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850, the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued, and the name Kansas City was assigned to distinguish them soon after.
Sitting on Missouri’s western boundary with Kansas, with Downtown near the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, the city encompasses about 319.03 square miles (826.3 km2), making it the 23rd largest city by total area in the United States. It serves as one of the two county seats of Jackson County, along with major suburb Independence. Other major suburbs include the Missouri cities of Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit and the Kansas cities of Overland Park, Olathe, and Kansas City, Kansas. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Missouri
Kansas City During the Civil War
During the Civil War, the city and its immediate surroundings were the focus of intense military activity. Although the First Battle of Independence in August 1862 resulted in a Confederate States Army victory, the Confederates were unable to leverage their win in any significant fashion, as Kansas City was occupied by Union troops and proved too heavily fortified to assault. The Second Battle of Independence, which occurred on October 21–22, 1864, as part of Sterling Price’s Missouri expedition of 1864, also resulted in a Confederate triumph. Once again their victory proved hollow, as Price was decisively defeated in the pivotal Battle of Westport the next day, effectively ending Confederate efforts to regain Missouri.
General Thomas Ewing, in response to a successful raid on nearby Lawrence, Kansas, led by William Quantrill, issued General Order No. 11, forcing the eviction of residents in four western Missouri counties – including Jackson – except those living in the city and nearby communities and those whose allegiance to the Union was certified by Ewing. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Missouri
Geography of Kansas City
The city has an area of 319.03 square miles (826.28 km2), of which, 314.95 square miles (815.72 km2) is land and 4.08 square miles (10.57 km2) is water. Bluffs overlook the rivers and river bottom areas. Kansas City proper is bowl-shaped and is surrounded to the north and south by glacier-carved limestone and bedrock cliffs. Kansas City is at the confluence between the Dakota and Minnesota ice lobes during the maximum late Independence glaciation of the Pleistocene epoch. The Kansas and Missouri rivers cut wide valleys into the terrain when the glaciers melted and drained. A partially filled spillway valley crosses the central city. This valley is an eastward continuation of the Turkey Creek Valley. It is the closest major city to the geographic center of the contiguous United States, or “Lower 48”. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Missouri
Tornados in Kansas City
Kansas City is located in “Tornado Alley”, a broad region where cold air from Canada collides with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms, especially during the spring. The Kansas City metropolitan area has experienced several significant outbreaks of tornadoes in the past, including the Ruskin Heights tornado in 1957 and the May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence. The region can also experience ice storms during the winter months, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands of residents lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks. Kansas City and its outlying areas are also subject to flooding, including the Great Floods of 1951 and 1993. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Missouri
Kansas City’s Neighborhoods
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The city is composed of several neighborhoods, including the River Market District in the north, the 18th and Vine District in the east, and the Country Club Plazain the south. Celebrated cultural traditions include Kansas City jazz, theater which was the center of the Vaudevillian Orpheum circuit in the 1920s, the Chiefs and Royals sports franchises, and famous cuisine based on Kansas City-style barbecue, Kansas City strip steak, and craft breweries. The city was ranked as a gamma- global city in 2020 by GaWC. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Missouri
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I started in mortgage banking in 2003 and eventually found my home here at Flat Branch Home Loans in 2023. The mortgage business is truly my passion. I love being able to help people buy a home for their family or their investment portfolio. Watching a person or family achieve the goal of homeownership is the BEST. Mortgage banking is more than just helping you buy a home to me. It is creating a lasting partnership with my clients and my referral partners that allow you to trust in me with your mortgage needs for life.
But, I am guessing you really clicked on my photo to learn more about me and who I am…..
I am a working mom and wife – and would not have it any other way.
I met my husband in 2009 and we married in 2011 and we welcomed Rhea Marie to the world in 2013.
When I married Josh and we had Rhea, I truly found my WHY. This little family of mine is the complete motivation I needed to grow my brand and my team to become the top local mortgage experts in the KC market.
I spend my days and nights coaching my clients about homeownership and my team about the mortgage business.
But, in my spare time, you will likely find me at the lake on the boat with family and friends. I love going to KC Royals baseball games, watching KU basketball, and watching Tom Brady play football. I love to visit my sis in Chicago or hit the blackjack tables in Vegas. But, most importantly, I love spending my free time with Josh, Rhea, and our 3 puppy dogs – Sammy, KC, and Charlie.