My Day In Olathe KS

Olathe is a vibrant and self-contained city 20 miles southwest of Kansas City in northeastern Kansas. It is the county seat of Johnson County with a population estimated in 2016 to have been 135,473 residents. It is one of the nation’s 25 fastest-growing communities, is the fourth most populous Kansas city, the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and Money Magazine ranks it as one of the top 100 small cities in which to live.

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce , the first Kansas Chamber to be a Five-Star accredited by the U.S. Chamber, was very helpful at pointing me to places of unique interest in the city.

Here are just two that we really enjoyed:

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site

A working 19th-century farm included a stagecoach ride, and the horses also drive a mud wagon and a sleigh through snow when there is any. A visit to the kitchen resulted in delicious apple cider and old- fashioned donuts. It was also interesting to visit the local silversmith and the Heritage Center with its exhibits and video.

Kansas City Automotive Museum

This Museum in Olathe is a 12,000-square-foot facility that rotates 30 vehicles every four to six months. Highlights included a 1974 Sterling Kit Car that people can sit in, a 1952 Manta Ray with its design quite futuristic for the early 1950s, solar-powered vehicles, and more.


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