Union Station celebrates 100 years in Kansas City with open house

Posted at 4:10 PM, Nov 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-02 17:51:02-05

Hundreds of people helped Union Station celebrate 100 years in Kansas City.

The landmark is holding an open house this weekend to mark the occasion. Grand Hall was filled with live music, entertainment for the kids and informational booths.

Union Station was built in 1914 and served as a working train station that served thousands of passengers every year.

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Jeri Dobson brought her grandchildren to the celebration so they could learn a little about the history of Union Station.

“I want them to know its historical value,” she said. “That it was such a centerpiece for the nation and the trains that left here and it meant so much for the spread of progress for the country.”

In the 1980s, Union Station closed and sat empty for many years. It was in danger of being demolished several times. But in the 1990s, an effort began to raise money and revitalize the building. The renovations were completed in 1999.

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“It's Kansas City's home, but most importantly, it's Kansas City's monument,” said President & CEO, George Guastello. “So when people come back they revere this place because they revere the memories of the people who gave so much. People want to share these memories with their children and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

The Centennial Celebration continues on Sunday with more activities. Science City is free from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the first 1,000 guests. Kansas City Chiefs fans can watch the game at noon on the giant Extreme Screen. The event is free but you must reserve tickets online.

Visit the Union Station website to learn more.