lenexa

Lenexa, Kansas

Lenexa is a city in the central part of Johnson County, located in northeast Kansas, in the central United States of America. The population was estimated to be 43,434 in the year 2005. It is the fourth most populous city in the county. As a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, Lenexa is included in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by the cities of Shawnee to the north, Overland Park to the east, and Olathe to the south.

History

Twelve years before the town of Lenexa was platted in 1869, a young man named James Butler Hickok staked a claim on at what is now the corner of 83rd and Clare Road. At about the same time, a census of the Shawnee Indians living in the area was being taken. One of the residents was listed as "Na-Nex-Se Blackhoof," the widow of Chief Blackhoof, who was the second signer of the 1854 treaty that ceded 1.6 million acres (6,500 km²) of the Kansas Shawnee Indian reservation to the U.S.Government. A few miles east in Westport, Missouri, was the start of the Old Santa Fe Trail. It meandered through the southeast part of Lenexa on its way to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Life in eastern Kansas was about to change dramatically.

Later, Mr. Hickok became a scout for the Free-State Army, a sharpshooter and eventually, Wild Bill Hickok, legendary lawman of the Old West. In 1865, shortly before Na-Nex-Se died, the Kansas and Neosho Valley Railroad was organized to take advantage of favorable new land laws. It later changed its name to Missouri River, Ft. Scott and Gulf Railroad and in 1869 purchased a right-of-way from C.A. Bradshaw with the stipulation that the railroad build a depot on the property. Mr. Bradshaw then sold 10.5 acres to Octave Chanute, a railroad civil engineer, who platted a town in 1869. Legend states that the town was first proposed to be named Bradshaw, but he modestly refused and the name "Lenexa," a derivation of the name Na-Nex-Se, was adopted.

Geography

Lenexa is located at (38.964689, -94.759535). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.4 square miles (89.2 km²), of which 34.3 square miles (88.8 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), or 0.46%, is water.

Demographics

Lenexa's population was estimated to be 43,434 in the year 2005.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 40,238 people, 15,574 households, and 10,559 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,173.8 people per square mile (453.2/km²). There were 16,378 housing units at an average density of 477.8/sq mi (184.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.50% White,6.50% Black or African American], 0.38% Native American, 3.63% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.60% from other races, and 1.61% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.97% of the population. 24.8% were of German, 12.4% English, 12.1% Irish and 7.2% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 15,574 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $61,990, and the median income for a family was $76,321. Males had a median income of $50,495 versus $32,166 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,212. About 1.8% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Each June the city hosts "The Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle" which is also the Kansas State Championship. Lenexa was known as the "Spinach Capital of the World" in the 1930s and celebrates with the Spinach Festival every September.

Education

Lenexa does not have a public school district of its own. Instead, Lenexa students go to either Shawnee Mission School District, Olathe School District, or De Soto School District schools. It is also home to a handful of private schools. Lenexa's first high school, St. James Academy, opened in 2005. The Johnson County Library has a branch in Lenexa.

Notable natives and residents

  • James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok - he staked a claim on at what is now the corner of 83rd and Clare Road. He worked as a stocktender at the nearby Reed Hotel and later was elected constable of Monticello Township. A park in his name is now in that area.
  • Jason Wiles - Actor, Director and Producer. Starred as Maurice 'Bosco' Boscorelli (1999-2005) in the television series "Third Watch". Wrote, directed and produced the feature film "Lenexa,1 Mile" in 2005.

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