Kansas City, Missouri audio tour: Annie Chambers: Kansas City's Red Light Queen

Annie Chambers: Kansas City's Red Light Queen

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

For 50 years, starting in 1870, Annie Chambers was one of Kansas City’s most notable brothel owners. The era’s most powerful men were her clients, and the story of this widow, mother and entrepreneur is intertwined with the city’s wild roots. But her name has been all but forgotten.

This walking tour is a guide to her untold story. It starts at the main entrance of the River Market, carries on down to a view of the Missouri River, then cuts back through a few of the neighborhood’s most historic blocks.

Tour Producer


Jackson County Historical Society

The Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the written, oral, and physical legacy of this county. We do this by maintaining physical collections and promoting the study, appreciation, and interpretation of local and regional history.

Major Landmarks

  • Historic River Market

  • Hannibal Bridge

  • Riverfront West Observation Deck

Directions to Starting Point

From the Street Car’s *City Market stop* (not either of the “River Market” stops), cross 5th street and turn right to walk east until you are standing under the large “River Market” sign that arches over the street. You’ll need to be by the left sign pole.

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Places to stop along the way

The area is full of shops, restaurants, and cafes. For history buffs, the Steamboat Arabia Museum is highly recommended.

Best time of day

Anytime during daylight hours.


Be careful crossing street intersections.


Annie Chambers: Kansas City's Red Light Queen