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Prarie Point-Wildberry, Kansas City, MO

Prarie Point-Wildberry is a neighborhood in Kansas City, MO, and is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Kansas City.

The area is made up mostly of single-family homes, but there are a few businesses within walking distance. There isn’t much in the way of public transportation in this neighborhood, but there is a bus stop in the center of the neighborhood along North Oak Trafficway.

The majority of people who live here are Caucasian, followed by African-American residents primarily in two small areas near Holman Road and Hardy Street.

Over half the population lives below the poverty level. The racial makeup of the neighborhood is roughly 40% Caucasian, 35% African American, 15% Hispanic/Latino, and 5% Asian.

Prarie Point-Wildberry is famous for its historic Kansas City streetcars. The neighborhood is the only remaining streetcar suburb in Kansas City.

The small businesses and charming qualities of this area contribute to its popularity among residents and visitors.

History

It was built around an old farm that belonged to Gus Strauss, who moved here from Chicago in 1885. He’s the guy who started the first frozen food company. The small railroad that ran by his property was called Strauss Park.

The neighborhood is named after the early streetcar line that ran between downtown and the Missouri River, stopping at its namesake park which was built in 1894.

The historic streetcar suburb of Prarie Point-Wildberry has several homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Strauss Mansion at 1825 W. 26th Street (Mansion of Gus), Prarie Point Building (1832 W. 26th Street), and Masonic Temple (1705 W. 27th Street).

The neighborhood has several community groups, including the Friends of Historic Prairie Point-Wildberry, which maintains an online history of the area.

Langston Hughes, an African-American poet, and novelist was born at 1531 Agnes Avenue in 1901. The house is now privately owned.

Notable Places

Prarie Point-Wildberry is home to many notable places, including the historic Kaleidoscope Theatre. It opened in 1913 and is one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhood movie palaces.

The neighborhood also features beautiful old homes, several small businesses, an elementary school, a large park with two baseball fields, Lincoln Technology Academy High School, the popular Mexican restaurant El Taco Rey, Prarie Point Park, and a community swimming pool.

The area features unique restaurants and shopping, such as Jake’s Fresh Cafe, TCBY Yogurt, The Antique Mall of Praire Point-Wildberry, Prarie Point Lumber & Hardware, Generations Wood Works, and Bernie’s Terrace Inn.

The neighborhood is the site of many Fourth of July festivities and other community celebrations throughout the year.

Driving Direction To One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City, MO:

One Shot Water Heaters of Kansas City is located at 4102 N Harrison Ave, Kansas City, MO 64116. From Prarie Point-Wildberry, Kansas CIty, MO, Head south on N Congress Ave toward NW 86th Terrace, then turn left onto NW Barry Rd, then go right to merge onto I-29 S/US-71 S. Time to merge onto I-29 S/US-71 S, then take exit 1D for MO-283 S/Oak Trfwy. Almost reached, now merge onto MO-283 S/N Oak Trafficway, then turn left onto NE 42nd St, drive right to continue on Parvin Rd, then take a last right onto N Harrison Ave, you will see the destination on the right. 

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