Kansas City's Old Square / Le Vieux Carre de Kansas City

Kansas City's Old Square / Le Vieux Carre de Kansas City (HM15LS)

Location: Kansas City, MO 64106 Jackson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.558', W 94° 34.866'

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(Side A)
Like New Orleans' "Vieux Carre," Kansas City's old market square and its surrounding Old Town streets in River Quay are oriented on the bias to the river in the Old World fashion, rather than on the strict east-west Yankee survey. That is because when Francois Chouteau, the French-speaking founder of what is now Kansas City, first laid out his trading post and adjoining trails in 1821, the Missouri river was his superhighway to St. Louis and to the Northwest hinterland. The scatered French settlers who first permanently occupied Kansas City, around 1799, togehter with those who came with the Chouteaus in the early 1800s, maintained fields extending from the west (on Quality Hill) and up the hill from their cabins located eastward down along the Missouri. These tracts backed up to this open area, which formed a sort of "common fields." Unlike St. Louis, it was not fenced, and was not formally maintained.

All this open area and adjacent land (114 acres) was claimed by an enterprising French grocer, farmer and tavern owner, Gabriel Prudhomme (from whom a number of Kansas Citians are descended), and he was given a patent to the land. Prudhomme, who showed much promise, was not destined to develop Kansas City, however. In 1831 he was "shot in a free fight by some fellow Canadians. It was a fierce brawl. When the fight was over there were many wounds and much blood spilt, and Prudhomme lay on the ground, still and dead." Thus it was that on the widow Prudhomme's land the "Town of Kansas" was platted in 1846 and, since the old residents, both French and American, probably had some informal community claim to the general area where the Market Square now stands, it is not surprising that it was dedicated as the square or village green of the new town.

(Side B)
Tout comme le Vieux Carr? de la Nouvelle Orl?ans, le carr? de vieux march? de Kansas City et les rues avoisinantes de la vieille ville sont orient en biais par rapport ? la rivi?re ? la fa?on de l'Arcien Continent plut?t que d'apr les relev rigides ?tablis d'est en ouest par les Yankees. Cela est d? au fait que lorsque Fran?ois Chouteau, le fondateur francophone de ce qui est aujourd'hui Kansas City, ?tablit son comptoir d'?changes et les pistes avoisinantes en 1821. Le Missouri ?tait sa route principale vers Saint Louis et vers l'arri?re pays du Nord-Ouest. Les colons fran?ais diss?min qui furent les premiers ? occuper Kansas City de fa?on permanente aux environs de 1799 avec ceux qui vinrent avec les Chouteau an d?but des ann?es 1800, cultiver les champs s'?tendant de l'ouest (Quality Hill) et montant de leurs cabanes au bord du Missouri c?t? est vers la colline. Ces parcelles de terrain ?taient adoss?es ? cet espace ouvert qui constituait une sorte de champ communautaire qui, au contraire de celui de Saint Louis, n'?tait ni cl?tur?, ni entretenu officiellement.

Cet endroit ouvert ainsi qui le terrain adjacent (114 acres) fut revendiqu? par un homme ? la fois ?picier, fermier et propri?taire d'une taverne, Gabriel Prudhomme (de qui descendent pas mal d'habitants de Kansas-City) ? qui fut donn? un titre de propri?t?. Cependant, Prudhomme, malgr? ses allures prometteuses, n'?tait pas destin? ? d?velopper la ville de Kansas-City. En 1831 il fut tu? lors d'une rixe provoqu?e par des canadiens. Ce fut une bagarre f?roce. Lorsque la bataille fut finle, il y avait nombre de blessures et beaucoup de sang r?pandu. Prudhomme ?tait ?tendu sur le sol, immobile et sans vie. Ce fut donc sur ce terrain de la veuve Prudhomme que la ville de Kansas-City fut ?tablie en 1846. Puisqu'il semble que ses anciens habitants, tant fran?ais qu'am?ricains aient eu chacun de leur c?t? un droit non officiel de propri?t? de l'ensemble de ce terrain communautaire, il n'est donc pas surprenant qu'il fut choisi comme le carr? ou le parc communal de la nouvelle ville.
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HM NumberHM15LS
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Placed ByThe Chouteau Society and The Francis Families Foundation
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 5:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 363297 N 4330095
Decimal Degrees39.10930000, -94.58110000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.558', W 94° 34.866'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 33.48" N, 94° 34' 51.96" W
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Area Code(s)816, 913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 406 Grand Blvd, Kansas City MO 64106, US
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