Methodist and Baptist clergy members settled Northeast Johnson County more than 150 years ago, creating missions and schools for the Shawnee natives. The Mission area with its free-flowing springs was a favorite watering hole for pioneers traveling west on the Santa Fe Trail. Many decided to make their homes here. They developed the rich farmland and later surrounded it with businesses to support the farming community. By 1928, there was a drug store, restaurant, hardware and dry goods store, a barbershop, and a cleaning and pressing establishment. The first Mission grocery store was built in 1930, followed by a post office in 1940. Today, people from all over the metropolitan area visit Mission to shop or do business and enjoy the helpful, friendly services offered throughout the area.
As Mission grew, nearby Kansas City emerged as a sophisticated, cosmopolitan neighbor to the east. Northeast Johnson County is a vibrant part of the thriving Kansas City metropolitan area. Area attractions include the Kansas Speedway, the Woodlands Racetrack, the Kansas City T-Bones (Kansas City’s own professional baseball team), and the upcoming opening of the KC Soccer Stadium for Sporting Kansas City, the city’s Major League Soccer Team. KC Soccer Stadium is set to open during the 2011 season.
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