This spot is so easily accessible to and popular with local railfans - trainspotters that some jokingly call it "The Secret Location". One hundred years ago, this was the location of Kansas City's main railroad station, Union Depot, but now sees only freight trains, since the "new" Union Station which replaced it in 1914 was built on higher ground almost 1.5 miles southeast. This area was flooded again in 1951, but escaped (barely) being ravaged again in 1993 due to the integrity of the levee walls built by the US Army Corps of Engineers. In this view, we see a UP train of corn syrup making its way north through the West Bottoms.
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