"Shawnee, Kansas" Shawnee by basstbn

Shawnee Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 54 photos


Shawnee is a western suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri (not Kansas) and is one of the oldest and most historic towns in Johnson County, Kansas. The first white settlers were French explorers and trappers in 1724.

The original tribes of the area were the Comanche, Pawnee, Wichita, Kanza and Osage. It was not until the 1820's that the Shawnee Indians arrived in the area, after being forced to migrate from Missouri and Ohio. Prior to 1854, when Kansas Territory was opened for settlement, the only white people living in the area were those associated with three Indian missions in the area.

At one time known as Gum Springs, Shawnee Town was sacked by Quantrill's raiders during the bloody period of fighting between Kansas and Missouri prior to the outbreak of the Civil War in the east.

The city hall, shown above, features three large murals painted by Charles Goslin, depicting 90 scenes and individuals from the city's history.

My wife and I lived in Shawnee for 25 years before moving to nearby Overland Park, Kansas in April of 2001.

Of touristic interest is Old Shawnee Town, best seen during Old Shawnee Days early in June, and the Johnson County Historical Museum.

  • Last visit to Shawnee: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated Mar 8, 2003
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2004 at 7:06 PM

    Brilliant work. Such detail with important information and helpful tips. You have keen insight and a real talent for the written word. I appreciate your hard work.

  • Jan 8, 2004 at 11:35 PM

    Fantastic page....nice phtographs.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2003 at 6:42 PM

    I suspected that Shawnee was hiding some treasures and I was right. Similar in some respects to Oklahoma's Shawnee.

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2003 at 9:09 PM

    What a lesson in where our native people traveled to / from. I didn't know the Shawnee were hauled in. I'm cherokee from N Carolina. My Great Great Grandmother was on the Trail of Tears. THANKS for the lesson!

  • MarkJochim's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2003 at 5:30 PM

    Great page. I lived in Shawnee from 1977 until 1992.

  • o00o's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2003 at 5:43 AM

    great tips & info..

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2003 at 5:55 PM

    Good Restaurant Tips. Try Oklahoma Joe's in KCK for tiptop BBQ.

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2002 at 3:42 PM

    Nice! I Grew up in OP. Gotta love the BBQ


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