Even though St. Louis fell short of the World Series this year, the fact that our friends in Kansas City are doing so well brings an interesting question to light… would Robert Campbell have been (gasp!) a Royals fan?
Even though Robert lived the majority of his adult life in the city of St. Louis, he has significant ties to the KC area. Mr. Campbell began investing in real estate shortly after he retired from the fur trade in the late 1830s. Most of his property was scattered throughout the St. Louis area, ranging from his family’s Lucas Place home at what is today 1508 Locust Street downtown all the way out to a plot of land that would eventually become Creve Coeur Park. But a lesser-known fact about our buddy Rob is that he also played a crucially important role in establishing what is today the bustling metropolis of Kansas City, Missouri.
Robert actually owned 1/7 of Kansas City’s original town site, buying the land as early as 1841 and making him one of the city’s founding landlords. He then went on to sell the land to his nephew John Campbell, who would build the city’s first three-story brick warehouse, serve as an alderman and found the KC Fire Department. Without Robert Campbell, Kansas City would look very different today.
Robert, of course, died long before the Royals were running the bases, but it’s fun to think: would Robert Campbell have been a Royals fan? Quite possibly. But probably only if the Cardinals were out of contention.