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The Story of Kansas City, Kansas

"The Pawnees"

You know where Pawnee Avenue is if you live in Armourdale.  This street was named for an Indian tribe, as were many of the east and west streets in that part of the city.  The Pawnees lived here three or four hundred years ago and are the first inhabitants whose names we know.

They were a fierce and warlike tribe that spent much time fighting with other Indians.  Their chief enemies, the Kansas, finally overcame and drove them away.  They settled on the Platte River to the west and north of here.  Afterwards an epidemic of smallpox and other misfortunes overtook them.  They lost their fighting power and dwindled in numbers until no one feared them any longer.

The Kansas Indians

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History Site created on December 02, 2002
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