Secret Kansas City: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Last updated on January 25th, 2023 at 08:22 am.

Author Anne Kniggendorf has written the ultimate guide to Secret Kansas City including the weird, wonderful and obscure. The book shares more than 80 places to visit and the stories behind these lesser-known Kansas City attractions. The book includes bizarre stories, interesting facts, a lot of history, and oddball places to explore in the City of Fountains.

If you are ready to experience the quirky side of Kansas City, this is the book for you!

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Secret Kansas City by Anne Kniggendorf (Book Review)

Secret Kansas City: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is a great way to explore the city’s past and vibrant present. The book includes a wide range of interesting places to visit and things to explore within both Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas as well as close-by towns.

The number one tourist attraction in Kansas City is the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, but there is so much more to see beyond this historic landmark and museum.

There are hidden gems and wild pieces of trivia around every turn in Missouri’s largest city.

Kniggendorf shares cursed headstones, gargoyles guarding a World War 1 arch, a prison castle, jazz legend Charlie Parker’s grave, Walt Disney’s first studio space, Red Bridge Love Locks, a Bonny and Clyde battle marker, and much more.

If you are looking for fun day trips and excursions near Kansas City, Kniggendorf shares tips for visiting the best haunted locations, where you can find the oldest movie theater in the world, airplane salvage yard tours, and the only Norman Rockwell painting in the state of Missouri.

Each of the 80+ weird and obscure things to do include a great description, photo, location address, cost, and a pro tip.

This is the perfect book when you are itching to discover something new and fun in and around Kansas City. Who doesn’t want to know about the secret side of Kansas City? And the great thing is that many of these sites are free to visit.

It’s also a great book to pick up to learn some of the odd history and details about Kansas City.

  • Do you know who really killed President William Henry Harrison?
  • Did you know the world’s longest snake is located in Kansas City?
  • Was Missouri’s David Rice Atchison the president of the U.S. for one day in 1849?
  • Does Kansas City have the only living pink tree in the world?

You’ll find answers to questions you didn’t know you had in Secret Kansas City: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

With Kniggendorf’s eye for the odd leading the way, you’ll have a great time discovering a side of Kansas City you didn’t know about.

I’m pretty confident if you are reading this review, you’ll also love 126 Weird, Fun & Interesting Facts About Missouri.

About the Author, Anne Kniggendorf

Anne has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Media Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she serves on the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board. She is a Navy veteran. Anne is a staff writer and editor for the Kansas City Public Library. She’s also the co-author of Kansas City Scavenger, and a Kansas City-based freelance writer who contributes to KCUR 89.3 (NPR in Kansas City), the Kansas City Star, and sometimes The Pitch.

Her work has also been published by the Smithsonian, National Public Radio, the Saturday Evening Post, Reasons to Be Cheerful, Electric Literature, Ploughshares, Literary Hub, Publishers Weekly, The Punch Magazine (India), the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chicago Review of Books, the Glasgow Review of Books, Rain Taxi, and Drink Me Magazine. Locally, her work has appeared in Flatland, The Beacon, In Kansas City Magazine, Kansas City Magazine, KC Studio, DesignKC, and on the Kauffman Foundation’s website. Check out Anne’s website to learn more about her and her books.

You can find Anne’s book on Amazon or where (sensational) books are sold.

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Other Missouri Books You’ll Enjoy

100 Things to Do in Missouri Before You Die by John W. Brown

From cosmopolitan rooftop bars to breathtaking mountain views, there are so many amazing things to do here that you could spend a lifetime exploring and still not cover it all. Make your goal easier with 100 Things to Do in Missouri Before You Die, a curated collection of the best from every corner of the state.

Backroads & Byways of Missouri: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions by Archie Satterfield

This book is for those who didn’t know that grapevines in Missouri changed the wine industry in France, or that the worst earthquake in American history also occurred in the state of Missouri, or that more Civil War battles were fought on Missouri soil than any other border state. If you prefer two-lane blacktop and gravel roads over interstates, this is the book for you.

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