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Westport is a historic neighborhood in Kansas Citymarker, Missourimarker, USAmarker. Originally its own town, it was annexed by Kansas City in 1897. Today, it is one of Kansas City's main entertainment districts.

Background

Westport was first settled by Reverend Isaac McCoy and his family in 1831, along the Missouri Rivermarker. It was platted three years later, and formally incorporated in February of 1857. Isaac's son John Calvin McCoy is generally considered the "father of Kansas City" after he formally founded the town and then got his supplies from a rocky point on the Missouri River between Grand and Main Street that became known as "Westport's Landing." When the landing became popular young McCoy and other residents banded together to form the "Town of Kansas" company to buy the land.

The community thrived during the mid-1800s as an outfitter for migrants traveling any of the four now-historic trails (Oregon, California, Santa Fe and Lewis & Clark) which went through the area.

During the Civil War, there were many skirmishes between pro- and anti-slavery groups in the area, and the Civil War's Battle of Westportmarker was fought there in October of 1864.

After the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and the Civil War, Westport's role as the starting point for migrants slowly declined, even as nearby Kansas City grew. It was annexed by Kansas City in 1897.

Today, Westport is known as one of Kansas City's main centers of entertainment and nightlife.The neighborhood is home to a number of restaurants and bars, including Kelly's Westport Innmarker, an Irish-themed bar located in the oldest building still remaining in Kansas City. Kelly's inspired the main set of Malcolm & Eddie, a TV sitcom starring Eddie Griffin and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Westport has a lively music scene, with several venues for live musical entertainment.

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Image:Kellys Westport Inn Kansas City MO.jpg|Kelly'smarker, at 500 Westport Road, and Chouteau's Store, at 504 Westport, are the oldest buildings standing in Kansas City.Image:Westport Road Kansas City MO.jpg|Westport Road in Westport.Image:Westport Square Kansas City MO.jpg|Westport Square on Pennsylvania Street in Westport.Image:Westport 3 Kansas City MO.jpg|Restaurants in Westport.Image:Chouteau Society French Westport.jpg|French heritage marker about the Santa Fe Trail placed by the Chouteau Society.

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