In the 1990s, Kansas City passed a bi-state Cultural Tax that facilitated the restoration of Kansas City, Missouri’s Union Station. This tax was somewhat controversial but was approved by voters on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri State Line.
Union Station had sat empty for several years before renovation began in 1997. It was in desperate need of repair, but it remained the same beautiful building that reflected the pride of Kansas City when it was built back in 1914. It would have been a shame to let the building deteriorate or be leveled.
Today, Union Station has been beautifully restored. It stands conveniently next to the National WWI Museum and other area attractions. Inside Union Station, you can find restaurants and Science City, a hands-on Science Museum for children of all ages. In a nod to its former use, Union Station is now served by AMTRAK.