In 1905, William Strang Jr. platted a subdivision in the rolling hills of Johnson County alongside the old military road we now call Metcalf Avenue. He built an air field, a city park, and lake to invite Kansas City folk to come to a place he called Overland Park.
For transportation, he built an Interurban Railway, commonly called the Strang Carline, connecting Kansas City, Overland Park, and Olathe.
The railway tracks are gone, but the historic Strang Carbarn remains at 79th Street and Santa Fe Drive. And just down the street, past 80th Street, is a Carriage House, home to the Overland Park Historical Foundation.
Our story begins in in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita. There you will discover a community of unique stores, fine restaurants, schools, churches and beautiful homes - including one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a neighborhood full of kindly neighbors and well-mannered children. Around College Hill Park, you will find brick-laid streets, mature trees, walking paths, and a beautiful Art Deco swimming pool.
Traditions Home, Douglas and Hillside Avenues in College Hill, Wichita.
From April through September, visit the Downtown Overland Park Farmers Market underneath the pavilion and east of the Clock Tower. From June until August, listen to Summer Concerts in the Santa Fe Commons Park, Sundays from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Shop local and dine year round in a friendly neighborhood environment. Visit Downtown Overland Park...