Published October 14th, 2019 at 6:00 AM1 minute read
One of the biggest agricultural disasters in Kansas City history occurred in 1917, when a fire scorched the stockyard in the West Bottoms, leaving thousands of dead cattle and hogs charred in its wake.
Consider it an industrial-scale barbecue.
William Wheeler, a cattle farmer from near Grain Valley, saw a photo of the carnage caused by the fire on the wall of his local livestock auction house. The picture prompted Wheeler to ask the following question for curiousKC: “How did they handle that? How did they clean it up.”
No doubt, it was tough duty. Learn how they cleaned it up in this week’s curiousKC video.