Olathe, pronounced O-Lay’-tha, is the old Shawnee Indian word for “Beautiful.” The township of Olathe was established in 1857, and later became a stop along the Santa Fe Trail.


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1200 Kansas City Road
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: 913-764-2494
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Olathe was born at a turbulent time in American history when Dr. John Barton, a Virginia physician, settled here in 1857. At issue was whether Kansas would be free like the Nebraska territory to the north, or a slave state like Missouri to the east.

The purpose of the Olathe Historical Society is to create interest in the history of Olathe, to bring together people interested in that history and to discover, collect and preserve material and sites which help to illustrate the history of the area.

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