Union Station in Blue, Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City’s Union Station celebrates the city’s baseball team postseason wins with blue lighting. Union Station is shown here with the downtown skyline, including the four Bartle Hall Pylons on the left and the iconic Western Auto sign on the right.

Opened in 1914, Union Station serves Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding metropolitan area. Closed for years, it was restored, reopening in 1999 as a series of museums and other public attractions. In 2002, Union Station saw its return as a train station when Amtrak began providing public transportation services and has since become Missouri’s second-busiest train station.

The fountain in front of Union Station, named for Henry Wollman Bloch, was a gift to the city in the name of the co-founder of H&R Block, Inc. It features 232 jets arranged in three concentric rings within an ellipse of black granite. A thin sheen of water on the flat granite creates a mirror to reflect the monumental architecture on either side. A computer choreographs an ever-changing pattern of display. On each hour and half-hour, a five-minute “high show” presents a celebration of water in movement. The fountain was designed by WET Design, the designers of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.

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