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Central City

Official Name
Central City
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Central City, Missouri, located across the Missouri River from Keystone City, Kansas, was founded in the 19th century and became an important stop for cattle drives. It began to see tremendous growth after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, becoming the first major hubs west of Chicago. A second period of growth occurred after World War I, and it has burgeoned to the present day.[1] Central City was the home to the second Flash, Barry Allen.

In the 25th Century, the city became known as the Central Cityplex.[2]

Points of Interest

  • Brookfield Heights - trendy residential area
  • Chubbuck - residential area and home to Central City Hospital
  • City Center - downtown area and home to the Flash Museum
  • Danville - middle class residential area and home to Barry and Iris Allen
  • Englewood - residential area with scenic views of nearby Granite Peak National Park
  • Lawrence Hills - industrial area
  • Leawood - blue-collar residential area and home to Central City Stadium
  • Mounds View - home to Hardwell Fields, the city's airport, and named after many Native American burial mounds in the area
  • New Brighton - residential and commercial area, home to the Central City Rail Station
  • Petersburg - home to many of Central City's excellent restaurants
  • University Town - home to Central City University
  • Westminster - formerly home to stockyards, now the location of S.T.A.R. Labs
  • Windsor Heights - very exclusive residential area[1]



  • Before the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Central and Keystone, collectively known as the "Gem Cities" were not twin cities. Rather, Central City only existed on Earth-One and Keystone City only existed on Earth-Two.
  • Some sources have shown Central City to be in Ohio instead of Missouri.
  • The map in the Atlas of the DC Universe claims that Keystone and Central are across the Mississippi from each other, which implies that it flows very differently in the DCU than in our universe, as the Mississippi does not border Kansas. However, the Missouri does, and if the DCU Mississippi is analogous to the real-life Missouri, then Central City is in the northwestern corner of the state, near Kansas City.
  • The Atlas also claims that I-74 goes through Central City. This interstate is clearly routed differently in the DC Universe than in our own, as it does not go through Missouri. It also shows an outerbelt, I-274, going south of the city. No such interstate exists in our universe, although one is planned for Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • The DCU version of Central City is not to be confused with the city by the same name as seen in Will Eisner's The Spirit or Central City (First Wave).

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