West Bottoms

3:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

TIMELINE: A Look Back At 40 Years Of Kansas City's Kemper Arena

A photo of Kemper Arena during the last phases of its construction in 1974.
Missouri Valley Special Collections Kansas City Public Library

It's easy to forget about Kemper Arena.

Nestled down in the south end of the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Mo., the aging arena has seen better days. Since 2007, the Sprint Center has hosted virtually all the big-name events coming through town, leaving Kemper nearly inactive for long periods of time.

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Arts & Culture
1:37 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Kansas City Gay Pride Festival Relocates To West Bottoms

Credit Andrew Bossi / Flickr -- Creative Commons

  The three-day Gay Pride Festival opens Friday at 6 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo., this year in a new location — the West Bottoms.

Rick Bumgardner, who is the festival’s event co-coordinator, said relocating in the field near Kemper Arena offers ample parking, a trendy and up-and-coming location and a potential home for Pride in the future.

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KC Currents
4:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

How Haunted Houses Helped Develop The West Bottoms

The entrance to one of the original West Bottoms haunted house, The Beast.
Credit Full Moon Productions

Each year the haunted houses in the West Bottoms open for the season during the months of September and October. Thousands of people flock to these enormous haunted attractions, which are some of the oldest and most successful haunted houses in the country.

But the haunted houses have brought more to the city than just terror. They have played a major role in the revitalization of the area. But as development takes off in the West Bottoms, some wonder whether seasonal entertainment like the haunted houses should be part of the area's future.

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KC Currents
7:25 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

What Should The West Bottoms Look Like?

The Union Depot was Kansas City's original train station, located in the West Bottoms. The building was torn down in 1915.
Credit Wikipedia / Google Images -- CC

The West Bottoms is an industrial area directly west of downtown Kansas City, located at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.  It is one of the oldest areas of the city, and the original home of two of the region's key industries: beef and railroads.

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Visual Arts
8:51 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dolphin Closes In The West Bottoms, 'Body Blow' To Art World

Dolphin Gallery in the West Bottoms.
courtesy: David Hughes Charlotte Street Foundation

Dolphin Gallery's John O'Brien had hinted about a change for months. But, now, it's official. Dolphin, the exhibition space and framing business in the West Bottoms, will close after its last show (slated to open May 17).

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Travel Fuels Inspiration For David Ford's 'I Like African Chicken'

Artist David Ford at the Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

David Ford is a painter, performance artist and provocateur. Ford also travels the world - to Mexico, Morocco, Guatemala, Cuba, and Turkey - for "on-site cultural studies."

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Wilbur Niewald: Painting What He Sees

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, draws and paints from direct observation – what he sees around him.

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Visual Arts
12:14 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Archie Scott Gobber's "SUPER POWER"

Archie Scott Gobber,"...Of My Own," 2010. enamel on canvas, 84 X 70 in.
courtesy of Dolphin Gallery

Archie Scott Gobber's work engages viewers as a partner in an ongoing dialogue. "Super Power" marks Gobber's first solo at the Dolphin since the gallery moved from the Crossroads to the West Bottoms.

Kansas City, MO – Archie Scott Gobber again takes a look at popular culture and politics, examining stark economic realities with gentle wit.

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