American Hereford Association

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The American Hereford Association bull and Kemper Arena and the Kansas City Live Stock Exchange Building in the former stockyards of the West Bottoms as seen from Quality Hill

The American Hereford Association is a trade organization that promotes Hereford cattle.

It was founded in 1883 and operated out of the home of Charles Gudgel in Independence, Missouri.

In 1899 it hosted the Hereford Association Cattle Show in a tent in the Kansas City stockyards. The show was to evolve into the American Royal.

From 1919 to 1953 its headquarters was at 300 W. 11th Street in Kansas City across the street from the Lyric Theatre. On October 16, 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower presided over the opening of a new headquarters on Quality Hill in Kansas City overlooking the stockyards and the West Bottoms[1]. The headquarters at 715 Kirk Drive included a famous restaurant but its most distinctive feature was fiberglass statue of a hereford bull on a 90-foot pylon which became a landmark.

The bull was nicknamed "Bob" by locals ("Bull on Building") and was either loved as an icon or reviled as kitsch that detracted from the city's beauty. The statue's sculptor was Paul Decker with the firm Rochetti and Parzini of New York, New York and it was fabricated at Colonial Plastic Corporation of Newark, New Jersey.

In 1995 the Association merged with the American Polled Hereford Association.

In 1997 the Association moved a few way blocks away to 1501 Wyandotte and its headquarters were sold to the HNTB architecture firm which took down the bull. In 2002 the bull was restored to 60-foot pylon across I-35 in Mulkey Square.[1]

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  1. ^ Cole, Suzanne P.; Engle, Tim; Winkler, Eric (April 23, 2012). "50 things every Kansas Citian should know". Kansas City Star. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 

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