In 1905, William Strang Jr. platted a subdivision alongside the military road we now call Metcalf, built an air field, a city park, and lake to entice city folk to come to a place he called Overland Park. To bring the city to the country, he built an Interurban Railway connecting Kansas City and Overland Park, called the Strang Carline.
The idea of Overland Park was born.
The rail tracks are gone, but the historic Strang Carbarn remains, at 79th Street and Santa Fe Drive. There is also a Carriage House, past 80th Street, home to the Overland Park Historical Foundation.
Our story begins in Wichita in the College Hill, a neighborhood where you will find stores and restaurants, beautiful homes (including one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), good neighbors, kindly children, brick-laid streets, mature trees, all centered around a beautiful park and swimming pool.
Traditions Home, Douglas and Hillside Avenues in College Hill, Wichita.
From April through September, visit the DOP Farmers Market, underneath the pavilion, east of the Clock Tower. From June until August, enjoy Summer Concerts in the Santa Fe Commons Park, Sundays from 7 - 8:30 p.m.