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I'm going to the Minnesota State Fair tomorrow, and I'll take lots of pictures, so I should wrap up on all the KC pictures that I want to post.

I enjoyed Kansas City for the most part. I could have spent another two days in their museum and I will be sure to plan for more time in the museum if I ever get back there. The convention was fun, and I love spending time with people from this community, even if a few individuals drive me a bit bonkers.

On Monday after the convention, we had planned to take in more tourism. Turns out everything touristy is closed on Mondays, which is true in most major American cities, but it's something I hadn't needed to notice before. We did outdoorsy stuff, visited parks and played Pokemon Go.

There were more fountains, of course.

We also went to Case Park, in the Quality Hill neighborhood, the same neighborhood that we stayed in. The Quality Hill neighborhood was once the swankiest of swanky neighborhoods in Kansas City. It was a significant spot in the "Corps of Discovery Expedition," formerly known as the "Lewis and Clark" expedition until it needed to be recognized that there were many contributors who were not Lewis or Clark, including three other people in the expedition. Even the dog was a major contributor as a guard and a scout.

In the 1970s, the Quality Hill neighborhood became poorer, and many of the old mansions were bought up by an investor/arsonist named Arnold Garfinkle. The historic homes are no longer standing, the neighborhood is now a mix of public housing and expensive condos.

On the site where Meriweather Lewis journaled that the location would be a "commanding situation for a fort," there is a statue which clearly shows Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea. All three of those figures are easy to see in the sun. Sacajeawea carries Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

York faces the shadows, along with Seaman, the dog. This picture sucks, but after seeing in person how the work was placed, I think maybe the sculptor meant for people to have trouble seeing York.

York was a slave, owned by Clark, and a major contributor to the expedition. Little is known about his life. Years after the expedition, Clark was asked about the whereabouts of York. Clark lied and said that York had been freed, but had died trying to return to slavery because he was a failure at life on his own (Profoundly unlikely for someone who did all the dangerous human work in an expedition party, ranking only above the dog in status).

I hadn't heard of York before seeing this sculpture, and I'm glad to know a small bit of his part in American history. History that ignores the messy bits isn't history, it's a Munchausen's tale.

We did lots of walking that day, and finally ended up back at the apartment to pack up and get back to Minneapolis. This sculpture commemorates the Garment District. It was outside the apartment, and it's a Poke-stop.

On the return trip, we stopped about halfway back. We got gasoline and lunch, and looked at the ducks and geese. These geese may look Canadian, but they're Iowan. To be more specific, they're Des Moinesian.


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