The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was one of the larger railroads in the United States, chartered in 1859. Atchison fought hard to be the eastern terminus of the line constructed on a grant similar to the transcontinental railroad.
St. Joseph, Missouri, founded in 1843, is a former frontier town along the Missouri River and was the starting point of the Pony Express. An interstate freeway viaduct was built along the riverfront in the late 1970s and early 1980s after retailers migrated toward interstate 29 that bypasses downtown to the east. Today it stands as the least used interstate in the Missouri and nearly completely cuts off the city from the river.
Today I effected the buyback of my Volkswagen Jetta TDI. I was definitely disapointed that the "clean diesel" I had purchased was not what I thought it was, despite overall having a good ownership experience.
The intersection referenced by Lieber and Stoller's classic 1952 song Kansas City is no longer even an intersection, the area having been razed in the 1960s to make way for public housing. An ornamental sign post and a faded informational display are all that are left. 18th and Vine, on the other side of interstate 70, remains.