Museum of Transportation & The American Restaurant
Trip Start Aug 12, 2013
46Trip End Oct 02, 2013
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My computer problems continued today. When I got up I discovered that my computer had reset itself, probably due to some automatic software updates. When it re-loaded it also loaded some Internet Explorer and Firefox updates. For some reason these updates caused it to forget a lot of things, such as the last browser sessions open, user IDs and passwords and what should be in the Start Menu.
I also found that something had happened to Firefox so it kept displaying ad windows overtop of the windows I was trying to see. Normally pop-up windows will have a close button on them but these didn't. I eventually had to re-load a previous version of Firefox to make it useable.
I finally got out of my hotel and headed for the Museum of Transportation. You can't see much from the parking lot and I wasn't sure it was worth seeing but I kept the faith and headed into the relatively small building near the parking lot and bought a ticket. I went through the few exhibits in that building and then went out and caught their free shuttle.
It turns out the shuttle takes you up the hill behind the parking lot. From there you can get a much better sense of what the museum has to offer.
I wandered into a building close to the shuttle stop, which turned out to be their car collection. It's not a huge collection but the quality level is quite high. Their collection of vehicles built in St. Louis back in the early days of the automobile business when the city played an important role is quite good. They also have some other impressive cars, such as one of the few running Chrysler turbine cars.
The next building I visited had displays about transportation during the Civil War. There was quite a bit about ships including the early Ironclad boats.
Next I headed toward their train displays, which make up the bulk of their collection. They have quite a few trains with good signage explaining what you were seeing. They range from early steam locomotives to a strange prototype called the Aerotrain built by GM in 1955 that was styled to look like one of their cars. I enjoyed the museum.
After seeing all of their collection I headed for Kansas City and my dinner reservation at The American Restaurant. I don't recall how I heard about this restaurant. I probably have something about that on my computer at home but, unfortunately, I can't access it, thanks to Comcast.
The restaurant is on the upper floor of a building that's pretty much surrounded by Hallmark Cards offices. It turns out, the company had something to do with why the restaurant is here. In the last 1960s the founder of Hallmark Cards and his son built the Crown Center, which includes the building housing the restaurant, and had the restaurant built. The dining room has windows on two sides looking out over Kansas City. They keep the restaurant relatively dark so you get good views out the windows.
The restaurant offers 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- and 9-course tasting menus. I opted for five courses. In addition, I received a couple amuse bouche. I also ordered a couple glasses of dessert wines. I wasn't too thrilled with my wine selections but the food was very good.