Many may not know that the nation’s only World War One museum is located in Kansas City. MinnPost visited the museum and its accompanying memorial tower, and explains its roots:
The original memorial was a local idea, and the complex is still a locally run point of civic pride. Congress gave it the “national” designation in 2004.
As soon as the war ended, Kansas City business leaders bought the land — on the crest of a ridge that overlooks downtown — and began planning a tribute and raising funds. The Liberty Memorial was completed in 1926: a 217-foot tower flanked by two stone exhibit halls and a pair of winged lions covering their faces in grief.
That tower today remains an iconic landmark for Kansas City, and with the museum sits inside 176-acre Penn Valley Park, which is one of the more popular green spaces in the city. The park is home to not only the World War One features, but a running trail, dog park, skate park, music concerts and the Just Off Broadway Theater Association.
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