Olathe City, Johnson County, Kansas (KS)

Olathe City

Johnson County, Kansas

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Olathe City Hall is located at 100 East Santa Fe Street, Olathe, KS 66051.
Phone: 913‑971‑8600.

Neighborhoods

  • Highland Park Estates
  • Allegra Estates
  • Altamira
  • Amber Hills Estates
  • Arbor Creek Village
  • Arbor Landing
  • Arbor Woods
  • Arlington Park
  • Arrowhead
  • Asbury Estates
  • Asbury Villas
  • Ashford Villas
  • Ashton
  • Austin Meadows
  • Autumn Ridge
  • Avignon
  • Barnett Addition
  • Bella Vista
  • Belmont
  • Belmont Park
  • Blackbob Meadows
  • Bradford Creek
  • Bradford Falls
  • Bradford Gardens
  • Bradford Meadows
  • Bradford Trails
  • Breckenridge North
  • Briar Patch
  • Briarwood
  • Bridlewood Downs
  • Brightons Landing
  • Brittany Brooke
  • Brittany Forest
  • Brittany Hills
  • Brittany Meadows
  • Brittany Place
  • Brookfield Park
  • Brookside Meadows
  • Brougham Village
  • Bryn Vista Park
  • Buchanan Place
  • Burning Tree Villa
  • Cambridge Point
  • Camelot Reserve
  • Cedar Brooke
  • Cedar Creek
  • Clearwater Creek
  • Cliftview
  • Coffee Creek Meadows
  • Colliver Addition
  • Copper Creek
  • Devonshire
  • Eagle Crest
  • Eagle Ridge
  • Edgemere
  • Elmwood
  • Elston Park
  • Enclave at the Reserve
  • English Gardens
  • Estates of Ashton
  • Estates of Prairie Haven
  • Fairfield at Heritage Park
  • Fairview
  • Fallbrook
  • Farmstead
  • Forest Hills
  • Foxfield Village
  • Foxridge
  • Fredrickson Addition
  • Gaslight Acres
  • Gladacres South
  • Harmony View Acres
  • Havencroft
  • Hayes Addition
  • Heather Ridge
  • Heatherstone
  • Heritage Glen
  • Heritage Hill
  • Heritage Manor
  • Heritage Meadows
  • Heritage Park Estates
  • Heritage Woods
  • Highland Addition
  • Highlander Estates
  • Highlands of Kensington
  • Hilton Creek
  • Homestead Woods
  • Hunters Creek
  • Indian Creek North
  • Indian Creek Ridge
  • Indian Wells
  • Lackman Park Place
  • Lake Park
  • Lakehurst
  • Lakeshore Meadows
  • Leeview Estates
  • Lindenbrooke Forest
  • Lone Elm Estates
  • Madison Place
  • Maple Brook Park
  • Meadowridge
  • Mill Valley Estates
  • Millcreek Farm
  • Millcreek Woods
  • Mission Ridge
  • Montclaire
  • Moonlight Ranch
  • Mulberry Hills
  • Nelson Square
  • New Village at Prairie Haven
  • North Ridge
  • Northgate Meadow
  • Northview
  • Northwood Trails
  • Nottingham at Heritage Park
  • Nottington Creek
  • Oak Run Estates
  • Olathe Trails
  • Olathe View
  • Palisade Park
  • Parker Place
  • Parkhill Manor
  • Parkwood Acres
  • Parkwood Hills
  • Peppermill
  • Persimmon Hill
  • Persimmon Pointe
  • Polo Fields
  • Prairie Brook
  • Prairie Farms
  • Prairie Haven
  • Prairie Highlands
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Provence Village
  • Quail Park
  • Quailwood Estates
  • Ranch Villas at Prairie Haven
  • Raven Crest
  • Regency Place
  • Reserve at Prairie Highlands
  • Retreat at Foxfield Village
  • Ridgeview Addition
  • Rolling Meadows
  • Rolling Ridge
  • Rosewood Estates
  • Saddlewood Downs
  • Santa Fe Heights
  • Saxony
  • Scarborough
  • Seville
  • Shadow Ridge
  • Sheridan Bridge
  • Sheridan Park
  • South Hampton
  • Southdowns
  • Spring Hill
  • Spring Meadow
  • St James Court
  • Stagecoach Meadows
  • Stone Creek Village
  • Stonehurst
  • Stratford Estates
  • Stratton Oaks
  • Sycamore Springs Estates
  • Symphony at the Reserve
  • Symphony Hills
  • The Courts at Fairfield Village
  • The Manor of Quail Park
  • The Reserve at Heritage
  • The Village at Sunnybrook
  • The Willows
  • Tillotsons
  • Timberwolf Estates
  • Tomahawk Trails
  • Two Trails
  • Village Gardens
  • Villas of Forest Creek
  • Villas of Prairie Haven
  • Villas of St Andrews
  • Walnut Creek
  • Wexford
  • Willow Bend
  • Willowbrooke Villas
  • Windsor Trace
  • Woodbrook
  • Woodgate
  • Woodland Creek
  • Woodland Manor
  • Woodland Meadows
  • Woods of Bradford
  • Woods of Mahaffie
  • Woodside
  • Wyncroft
  • Yorkshire

Olathe as Described in 1939 [1]

Olathe, the seat of Johnson County, is a prosperous market town of pleasing residences and stately elms. It was founded in 1857 on a green prairie knoll carpeted with blue and scarlet verbena, the white lacy blooms of wild parsnip, pink-petaled wild roses, and scores of other flowers. When Dr. John T. Barton, one of the founders, decided to call the town by an Indian name meaning beautiful, he had difficulty in explaining to the Indians what he wanted. As he pointed to the flowering meadow a Shawnee exclaimed, "O-la-the!" and it was so named. (The Shawnee word for beautiful is wes-see.)

William Clarke Quantrill, notorious guerrilla leader, raided Olathe in 1862. Riding in at midnight, he captured revelers in the town's three saloons and rousted sleepy citizens from their beds. A clergyman who did not answer when called was killed. Men were lined up in the town square, and a score of Union Army volunteers were taken prisoner. After loading plunder on wagons and wrecking the newspaper office, the Quantrill band marched the prisoners toward Missouri. They were finally released after taking an oath that they would never bear arms against the Confederacy.

Olathe was the home of John P. St. John (1833-1916). It was during ex-Governor St. John's first administration (1879-1881) that Kansas adopted a prohibition amendment, largely through his efforts. He was the Presidential candidate of the National Prohibition Party in 1884 but was defeated by Grover Cleveland. Republicans blamed him for the defeat of their candidate, James G. Blaine, by splitting the Republican vote, and St. John became the center of a storm of abuse. So bitter was the feeling against him that he was frequently hanged in effigy. In later years St. John said, "No man living in America today has been the object of more bitter attack and burning hatred than myself."

In the town square is the Johnson County Courthouse, a brick and granite structure with bracketed cornice, two-story gable porch, hip roof, and towering cupola. So popular is the courthouse with couples eloping from Missouri and eastern Kansas that the town has become a local Gretna Green. Judge Bert Rogers, father of Charles (Buddy) Rogers, orchestra leader and motion picture actor, presides (1938) in its "Cupid's Parlor," which is decorated with more sentiment than restraint. Love birds adorn the fringed lamp in the parlor and many photographs of Buddy embellish the walls.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Kansas, Kansas: A Guide to the Sunflower State, Kansas State Department of Education, The Viking Press, New York, 1939.

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