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North Indian Mound is an intriguing Kansas City neighborhood. Located next to North Terrace Park, Indian Mound is named for a prehistoric earthwork that marks its northeast corner.
North Indian Mound is bounded on the north by Gladstone Boulevard, on the south by Saint John Avenue and Budd Park, on the east by the homes on Belmont Avenue, and on the west by North Jackson Avenue. North Indian Mound’s zip code is 64124.
The neighborhood, sitting atop limestone bluffs that had once marked the edge of the Missouri River, began to take shape around 1900. Many of the residents of Indian Mound worked in the railroad yards below the cliffs, and some of the paths that they took to work can still be seen.
The well-kept homes were built in an array of styles, including Georgian, Colonial Revival, and traditional Bungalow. Some were built in Kansas City’s Shirtwaist style.
In a Midwest Shirtwaist house, the lower story is faced with local limestone, and the upper is wood. Sometimes brick substitutes for limestone, but a Shirtwaist home’s defining characteristic is the contrast between a “skirt” of one material on the bottom and a “blouse” of another on the second story.
From the north edge of Indian Mound, curving Cliff Drive leads through North Terrace Park, also called George E. Kessler Park after its founding architect. It is a relic of the City Beautiful movement, like New York’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Kessler Park has limestone walls, a lake, and colonnades among its elements.
Though Cliff Drive was built for Sunday rides, joggers, hikers, and dog-walkers primarily use it now. Drivers are allowed too, at least on weekdays. Often, weekends on Cliff Drive are designated automobile-free.