Just south of downtown Kansas City is the Union Station. It was built in 1914 as a working train station. Each year tens of thousands travelers went through that station. During World WarII more than a million people utilized Union Station. Within the building were businesses such as restaurants, barber shop, cigar shop, etc.
Years past and in the 1980's Union Station sat empty. There was talk of tearing down the landmark. But in 1996 a bi-state initiative saved it from demolition. The project was completed in 1999 with an Amtrak service, shops, restaurants, Science City, the KC Rail Experience, Gottlieb Planetarium, and a theater.
So, the next time you are in Kansas City, plan a trip to the Union Station.