Introduction to Olathe, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson county, is located 19 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri. The city is considered part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, and has a population of 92,962.
The city of Olathe, also known as the cow boy capital, is the county seat of Johnson County, located in the Kansas City metro area. The name of the community means beautiful or fine. The city was founded by Dr. John T. Barton in the spring of the year 1857 who thought that the city was very beautiful. The city became the county seat in the year 1859. Olathe served as a stoppage at the Oregon Trail, the California Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. The city’s main source of income was hospitality business.
Olathe and nearby Attractions
- Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site
- Clinton State Park
- Kansas City Museum
- Wyandotte County Park
- Blue and Grey Park Reserve
- Meadowbrook Country Club
Things To Do In Olathe
Tourists can take a look at the stone barn of 1864, restored in the Adam Legler Barn Museum. One can also take a stroll around the Heart of America Golf Course. The golf course is laid across one of the largest urban parks in the country, the Swope Park. Tourists can visit the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, to learn more about the history of Kansas City.
Kansas City International Airport is the nearest airport.
Olathe Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued through University of Kansas, Penn Valley Community College, and University of Saint Mary.