The sun casts a golden glow on downtown Kansas City, Missouri, just before sunset in a view from Kaw Point. Several Kansas City landmarks are visible in this view, including the Bartle Hall pylons and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, both on the right.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at Kaw Point, the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers, on June 26, 1804. The expedition camped at Kaw Point for three days to rest, repair their boats, explore the surrounding countryside.
Captain William Clark wrote on June 27, 1804, that "the Countrey about the mouth of this river is verry fine." The expedition's journals also noted that the location would be appropriate for a fort, and that the area teemed with deer, elk, buffalo, bear, and many "Parrot queets," the now extinct Carolina parakeet. It is the original reason for the location of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.