"Olathe, Kansas" Olathe by basstbn

Olathe Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 53 photos

Modern boom town - Olathe

It's pronounced o-LAY-tha and is derived from a Shawnee Indian word meaning "beautiful." It was founded in 1857 on prairie land covered with wildflowers - especially verbena.

Olathe was an important town in the history of northeast Kansas. Three westward trails converged here - the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California. William Quantrill and his Missouri ruffians raided the small town, and the cowboy boot was designed and manufactured here by the Hyer family. And it was the hometown of film star Buddy Rogers.

In recent years, Olathe has become the fastest growing town in the Kansas City area, with an increase of approximately 4,500 people per year. Only a few years ago the city had one high school, now there are four.

We spend a lot of time in Olathe, shopping and dining (It's quite close to our Overland Park home). Our oldest daughter and her husband live there, as well.

The traffic is maddening.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots of great shopping and dining.
  • Cons:Traffic is awful. Hate it. Get Angry.
  • In a nutshell:Love it. Hate it.
  • Last visit to Olathe: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 16, 2003
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