By Michael Bushnell
October 1, 2014
About two years after the opening of the “new” Hannibal Bridge over the Missouri River, Kansas City’s first Livestock Exchange building was constructed.
But prior to that time, the Stockyards were essentially large stock pens on five acres of open land on the East bank of the Kansas River about where 12th street would cross if it went through. The stock was watered at the river for convenience. At that time, a market was established here