Kansas City, the name of two contiguous towns on the south bank of the Missouri, 280 miles W. of St. Louis by railway. The larger town is in the state of Missouri; the smaller, which adjoins it on the W. so as to form a suburb, is in that of Kansas. The better streets and the more handsome public buildings and private residences are in the larger town, which covers several steep hills. Several large railways converge at Kansas City, so as to make it a centre for the distribution of agricultural produce, and there are large stock-yards and pork-packing establishments, especially in the Kansas town. Car-wheels, shot, soap, etc., are manufactured.