Troost Avenue

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Troost Avenue is one of the major streets in the Kansas City, Mo area. Troost is 10.7 miles long which begins at 4th Street and ends at Bannister Road. The street is name after the first physician to reside in Kansas City, Dr. Benoist Troost. Dr. Troost was born November 17, 1786 in Holland and moved to the United States in 1815, settling in Independence, Mo in 1844. Troost has been continuously growing since 1834 into the 1990s. Movie theatres and apartments are only a few contributors to its development according to a 1998 article featured in Pitch Weekly. After the Town of Kansas (which is now the city of Kansas City, Missouri) was established in 1850, Dr. Troost became one of the governing trustees. In the 1850s, he was involved in publishing the first newspaper, the Kansas City Enterprise. He was also one of the originators of the first Chamber of Commerce in 1857. He died February 8, 1859 and is buried at the Mount St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery at 2201 Cleveland Avenue.[1]

Troost Avenue has historically served as a racial dividing line in Kansas City;x with more white residents living west of Troost and more black residents living to the east.[2] For some time, this "line" was legally enforced under Jim Crow laws.[3]

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Coordinates: 39°4′7.3″N 94°34′17.2″W / 39.068694°N 94.571444°W / 39.068694; -94.571444