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All About Olathe
Olathe is a city in, and is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is also the fourth most populous city in the state, with a population of 125,872 recorded by the 2010 census. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olathe,_Kansas)
Discover the best of downtown Olathe and celebrate the end of your work week at Fourth Fridays in the Johnson County Square, 100 W. Park Street, next to the Johnson County Courthouse. Enjoy live music, giveaways, tasty food, activities for all ages, and opportunities to discover local shops and restaurants. Check out more details on social media at Downtown Olathe Business Association. Fourth Fridays is sponsored by the Central Core Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to community efforts that help develop the Central Core neighborhood and downtown area of Olathe. (source: http://www.olatheks.org/government/planning/long-range-planning/downtown-olathe)
Things To Do In Olathe:
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Several free Olathe attractions provide a look at the city’s past, present, and future. One must-see sight is Ensor Farm Site and Museum, set in a home built by Marshall Ensor, an Olathe teacher and pioneer in amateur radio. You’ll tour Ensor’s 1892 farm house and adjacent barn, which offer a look at 1890s clothing, furnishings, utensils, farm tools, and early ham radio equipment.
To discover more of the city’s 19th-century roots, take a tour of the Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop and Farm Historic Site. During the 1800s, this 40-acre site was a stagecoach stop along the Oregon and California trails, and today it is a popular local museum where staff dress in period costumes, and the Museum often hosts Civil War reenactments.
A special focus of this museum is on the state’s fractious history, particularly “Bleeding Kansas.” This term was coined by the press to describe the violence that erupted during the 1850s over whether Kansas would enter the union as a free state or as a slave state. Even later, Kansas had similar conflicts over the nature of its state constitution.
Olathe is also home to the Kansas School for the Deaf, which encompasses the William Marra Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture; here you can take an interactive tutorial on American Sign Language and watch videos on the history of the school. The only museum of its kind in the U.S., the Marra is full of little-known insights; for instance, the football huddle began in Olathe at the Kansas City School for the Deaf. The coach of the football team created it to prevent the defensive team from reading the lips or signing of the offensive team as it discussed its play tactics.
Visitors to Olathe can also take in the Ernie Miller Nature Center and Museum, which is open six days a week. Take a walk through the 116-acre preserve on its three hiking trails. The indoor nature center offers a 500-gallon aquarium, a wildlife viewing room, and nature displays.
Special events take place throughout the year here at the outdoor amphitheater. Altogether, these offerings make Olathe Nature Center an attraction you’ll visit whenever you’re in this part of America’s heartland. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/ks/olathe-282040501)
Education in Olathe
About Olathe Educational System
Olathe Public Schools:
Arbor Creek, Bentwood, Black Bob, Briarwood, Brougham
Cedar Creek, Clearwater Creek, Countryside, Fairview
Forest View, Green Springs, Havencroftl, Heatherstone
Heritage, Indian Creek, Madison Place, Mahaffie, Manchester Park
Meadow Lane, Millbrooke, Northview, Pleasant Ridge, Prairie Center
Ravenwood, Regency Place, Ridgeview, Rolling Ridge, Scarborough
Sunnyside, Tomahawk, Walnut Grove, Washington, Westview, Woodland
Santa Fe Trail
Harmony Early Childhood Center
Heartland Early Childhood Center
Olathe Advanced Technical Center
Prairie Learning Center
Higher Education in Olathe
JCCC Olathe Health Education Center
Kansas School for the Deaf
MidAmerica Nazarene University (source: http://www.olatheschools.com/schools2/school-directory#)
History of Olathe:
Olathe is rich in history!
Olathe was founded by Dr. John T. Barton in the spring of 1857. He rode to the center of Johnson County, Kansas, and staked two quarter sections of land as the town site. He later described his ride to friends: “…the prairie was covered with verbena and other wild flowers. I kept thinking the land was beautiful and that I should name the town Beautiful.” Purportedly, Barton asked a Shawnee interpreter how to say “Beautiful” in his native language. The interpreter responded, “Olathe.”
Olathe was incorporated as a city in 1857.
While Olathe was not the first city established in Johnson County, it quickly became the largest and was named the county seat in October 1859. The city’s early days were filled with violence, as pro-slavery forces from nearby Missouri often clashed with local abolitionists. These conflicts were known on a large scale as Bleeding Kansas.
In the 1950s, the construction of the Interstate Highway system and, more directly, I-35, linked Olathe to nearby Kansas City. The result was tremendous residential growth as Olathe became a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. In the 1980s, Olathe experienced tremendous commercial growth, which also drew more residents. It is estimated that Olathe’s population surpassed 100,000 in 2001, and current projections show Olathe’s growth continuing as the city expands into the farm fields south, west and north of town.
In 2008, the US Census Bureau ranked Olathe the 24th fastest-growing city in the nation. The same year, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Olathe #11 on its list of the “100 Best Cities to Live in the United States.”
On February 22, 2017, Adam Purinton opened fired at a crowded Austins Bar and Grill in southern Olathe, shooting and injuring three people, one fatally. The victims were later identified as Alok Madasani, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Ian Grillot. Purinton was later arrested 80 miles away in Clinton, Missouri. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. This shooting gained international attention as two of the three victims were Indian. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olathe,_Kansas#History)
Check out Olathe Neighborhood
Olathe is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 134,305 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Olathe is the fifth largest community in Kansas.
Olathe real estate is some of the most expensive in Kansas, although Olathe house values don’t compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Olathe is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.09% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Olathe is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olathe who work in office and administrative support (13.32%), management occupations (12.34%), and sales jobs (11.50%).
Because of many things, Olathe is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Olathe really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Olathe perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
The education level of Olathe ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Olathe, 45.77% have at least a bachelor’s degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Olathe in 2010 was $32,741, which is wealthy relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $130,964 for a family of four. However, Olathe contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Olathe is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Olathe home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Olathe residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Olathe also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.94% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Olathe include Irish, English, Italian, and European.(source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ks/olathe)
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I started in mortgage banking in 2003 and eventually found my home here at Flat Branch Home Loans in 2023. The mortgage business is truly my passion. I love being able to help people buy a home for their family or their investment portfolio. Watching a person or family achieve the goal of homeownership is the BEST. Mortgage banking is more than just helping you buy a home to me. It is creating a lasting partnership with my clients and my referral partners that allow you to trust in me with your mortgage needs for life.
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I am a working mom and wife – and would not have it any other way.
I met my husband in 2009 and we married in 2011 and we welcomed Rhea Marie to the world in 2013.
When I married Josh and we had Rhea, I truly found my WHY. This little family of mine is the complete motivation I needed to grow my brand and my team to become the top local mortgage experts in the KC market.
I spend my days and nights coaching my clients about homeownership and my team about the mortgage business.
But, in my spare time, you will likely find me at the lake on the boat with family and friends. I love going to KC Royals baseball games, watching KU basketball, and watching Tom Brady play football. I love to visit my sis in Chicago or hit the blackjack tables in Vegas. But, most importantly, I love spending my free time with Josh, Rhea, and our 3 puppy dogs – Sammy, KC, and Charlie.