Main Content

Platte City is located along the south side of the Platte River and the Platte Falls Conservation Area lies to the northeast along the flood plain. I-29 passes the east side of the city and Missouri Route 92 serves the city. Tracy lies on the north side of the river flood plain. Platte City is a city in and the county seat of Platte County with a population of nearly 5,000.

It is 15 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport and 25 minutes from Ft Leavenworth and many attractions in Kansas City.

Zadock Martin and his sons built a dam on the Platte River, at the Falls of the Platte, in 1838. The Platte County Court approved this site as the location of the County Seat on December 4, 1839, due to its central location and officially named the site Platte City. The development and first sale of lots began in early 1840. Improvements and construction were rapid; within a few months, there were six stores and 400 inhabitants. Many trades and professions were represented. Platte City was incorporated as a city in September 1843. On December 16, 1861, Colonel W. James Morgan’s Union Squad razed Platte City, including the courthouse causing much of the city to be rebuilt. On April 3, 1882, Jesse James planned a robbery of the Platte City bank, but it was never carried out due to his assassination by Robert Ford on the morning of the raid. On July 19, 1933, Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by, and engaged in, a shootout with local authorities just south of Platte City at the Red Crown Tourist Court.

The Platte County Fair held annually just outside Platte City began in 1863 and is the oldest continuously operating fair west of the Mississippi River. The Frederick Krause Mansion and Platte County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Have Any
Get In Touch.