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Olathe, Johnson, KS

The story of the naming of Olathe goes back to 1857 and the founder John T. Barton. He purportedly thought the area was so beautiful with its blooming wildflowers and rolling prairie land that he asked his Shawnee interpreter how to say "beautiful" in his native language. His response was "Olathe."

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Olathe, Kansas, USA

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Olathe High School
Olathe, Kansas, USA

Olathe High School
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Olathe, Kansas, USA

City Hall and Fire Dept.

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1895 - Olathe
Olathe, o-lä'this, a post-town, capital of Johnson co., Kansas, in Olathe township, 27 miles E.S.E. of Lawrence, 21 miles S.W. of Kansas City, and about 32 miles S. of Leavenworth. It is on the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad, at its junction with the St. Louis, Lawrence & Western Railroad. It contains a court-house, 6 churches, 4 newspaper offices, a national bank, an asylum for the deaf and £ a high school, a savings-bank, and a commercial college. It was incorporated as a city in 1871. Pop. in 1890, 3294; of the township, additional, 1495.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Olathe, a banking city, capital of Johnson co., Kan., 21 miles SW. of Kansas City, on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and other railroads. It contains the Kansas Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. Pop. in 1900, 3451.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1912 - March 23-24 - Olathe KS received 37 inches of snow in a snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas.

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Olathe:
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site:

Take a trip back in time at this living history farm. You can experience stagecoach rides, explore the historic buildings, and participate in hands-on activities.

Ernie Miller Nature Center:

For nature lovers, this is a great spot. There are trails for hiking, educational programs, and it's a lovely place to enjoy the natural beauty of Kansas.

Great Mall of the Great Plains:

If shopping is your thing, this mall has a variety of stores to explore. From fashion to electronics, you can find it here.

Olathe Community Center:

A great place for fitness enthusiasts. The community center has a pool, fitness facilities, and various classes for all ages.

Prairie Center:

This is a fantastic venue for the arts. They host concerts, theater performances, and other cultural events.

Olathe Public Library:

A peaceful spot for book lovers. You can check out the latest bestseller or attend one of their many... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Olathe, Kansas, USA

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female ancestorNancy Jane MCWHORTER (25 March 1837, Clay County, Kentucky, USA - 6 June 1891, Olathe, Kansas, USA)
female ancestorLora Estelle MCCULLOUGH (5 July 1886, Olathe, Kansas, USA - 6 June 1983, Portland, Oregon, USA)

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male ancestorGerald A PLOOF (9/18/1921 - 17 May 2008) and photo of Pauline Rosella IMHOFF Pauline Rosella IMHOFF (9/20/1925 - 9/17/2018) married 24 November 1945

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