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Business in America's Richest Cities: Mission Hills, Kansas

Updated on August 5, 2017
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Great Kansas City Suburbs

Mission Hills is five miles south of the Kansas City Kansas/Missouri metropolitan area and about five miles northeast of another suburb, the railroading town of Overland Park.

This places Mission Hills among some high-traffic metro areas and suburbs in a position very attractive for job search and career building.

The highway system around Mission Hills is large and promotes easy access. On maps, we see the major highway I-35 to the west of town, running northeast into the I-635 Kansas City outerbelt. Several state highways add their support of the National Interstate System as well, with another major interstate, I-70 running east and west just north of Mission Hills and cutting through Kansas City. If that were not enough, I-435 encircles the entire Kansas City Metro Area, including several suburbs, providing entrances about 5 miles west of Mission Hills.

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Local Attractions

  • Blenheim Square Research Hospital
  • Indian Hills Country Club
  • Jacob L. Loose Park
  • Kansas City Art Institute: www.kcai.edu
  • Kansas City Country Club
  • Meadow Lake Park
  • Milburn Golf Club: Located just east of I-35.
  • Mission Hills Country Club
  • Mission Mart Shopping Center
  • Neal Peterson Park
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Southmoreland: www.nelson-atkins.org‎
  • Park Central Research Park, south of Southmoreland
  • Porter Park
  • Plaza Westport, just south of Old Westport
  • Prairie Village Shopping Center
  • Rockhurst University: www.rockhurst.edu
  • Santa Fe Trail Park
  • Shawnee Mission State Park
  • Swope Park and Memorial Golf Course
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City: www.umkc.edu
  • Verona Columns Park
  • Walking Tours of area mansions.
  • Windsor Park

Mansions and Country Clubs

This area is filled with parks, golf courses, and country clubs as well as high valued mansions.

Mission Hills was, in fact, begun as a type of upscale planned community for the Mission Hills Country Club and its members.It is also known as a garden community with gardens, statues, and fountains in traffic islands and along the local river.

Home to several wealthy residents, the median household income is reported by Forbes.com as $243.000 annually.

Part of the Verona Columns Park.
Part of the Verona Columns Park. | Source

Verona Columns Park

This park contains a large mansion, ponds, and a display of twisted architectural columns. Shown as a park on maps, this complex is actually the yard belonging the mansion.

Like many of the statues, urns, and other artwork pieces in town, the columns were imported from Europe (Venice, Italy) in 1925.

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Verona Columns Park, Ensley Ln & Overhill Road, Mission Hills, KS 66208, USA
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At the Shawnee Methodist Mission, this is a Conestoga wagon at the East Building and all comprise a US National Historic Landmark.
At the Shawnee Methodist Mission, this is a Conestoga wagon at the East Building and all comprise a US National Historic Landmark. | Source

Shawnee Nation and the Origin of the Bogus Laws

Have you ever wondered where the term "bogus" for phony, mocking, or contrived started?

The Christian church in the Western US Territories pursued a mission with the Shawnee Nation, with the intent of bettering their lives.The Shawnee had been forced to migrate westward to Kansas from Ohio, although the United Remnant Band still resides around Dayton and Yellow Springs.

Regardless of the success or lack thereof in this mission, it resulted in 16 buildings used in present-day Mission Hills and three buildings and land comprise a National Historic Site.

Notice that the East Building became the site of meetings that passed the Bogus Laws to extend black slavery in Kansas. While thinking to serve one minority, the Shawnee, the mission lent its building to harm another minority in 1855.

The Shawnee Mission complex stands to the west of Mission Hills in Fairway, really only several blocks away. The term "bogus" likely started in the East Building of the Shawnee Mission.

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Shawnee Indian Mission, 3403 W 53rd St, Fairway, KS 66205-2654, USA
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If the Native American youth slept in the attic, I think they were pretty overheated in the hot prairie summers. Did they perhaps go out and sleep on the cooler lawn?Front of the East Building.Shawnee Methodist Mission, East Building; 1940.
If the Native American youth slept in the attic, I think they were pretty overheated in the hot prairie summers. Did they perhaps go out and sleep on the cooler lawn?
If the Native American youth slept in the attic, I think they were pretty overheated in the hot prairie summers. Did they perhaps go out and sleep on the cooler lawn? | Source
Front of the East Building.
Front of the East Building. | Source
Shawnee Methodist Mission, East Building; 1940.
Shawnee Methodist Mission, East Building; 1940. | Source

Employment and Business

A total of over 31,300 jobs in February 2011 and 32,000 openings in August 2017 were listed for Mission Hills in a consistently large employment pool after the Great Recession ended.

Top employers are consistently involved in healthcare, engineering, groceries, casual dining, and retail management. Largest employers include:

Healthcare Employers

  1. Saint Luke's Health System
  2. The University of Kansas Hospital
  3. Truman Medical Centers
  4. Cosentinos Food Stores
  5. Cerner Corporation
  6. Olathe Health
  7. Shawnee Mission Medical Center
  8. Research Medical Center

Engineering

  1. Garmin: Design and manufacture of wearable technology.
  2. Burns & McDonnell
  3. Honeywell
  4. IBM: Computer engineers.
  5. Black & Veatch
  6. B/E Aerospace

Transportation for Work and Recreation

The large highway network in and through Mission Hills and Kansas City is discussed above. In addition, mass transport covers part of this area.

The Metro is the local bus system of Kansas City. Some online commenters in 2009 were of two minds about the buses: Some liked the system, while others thought that more buses should run after 7:00 PM in Downtown Kansas City.

In January 2011 another MAX rapid transit route was added to the first one Downtown. The related website offers maps and timetables that are useful, and tips for riding.

The system offers buses, light rail, rapid transit, and urban street cars. Nearly $25,000,000 in federal grants has been applied to the system and its highways, with another $5 Million from other sources.

Another department, Unified Government Transit (UGT), offers bus routes into the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas in Wyandotte County. This includes "The Bus" on fixed routes, Dial-A-Ride, and various senior services. However, Mission Hills is in Johnson County outside Wyandotte. It is possible to ride a bike or walk to the end of the bus line; and Kansas City KS is only 5 miles away.

A ride-sharing program also operates from headquarters in Kansas City, MO.

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    • Peter Owen profile image

      Peter Owen 6 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Love the area I have been there several times.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Always a plesusre your life, I love this hub and I love history. So much to learn and I adore that old wagon, I would love to have an orginal peace of that. Love & peace darski rate up

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      RandomLife 6 years ago from Nashville TN

      Very informative! Thanks.

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Awesome info Patty, I just love how you do so much wonderful research on your hubs. This was very helpful and informative. I really appreciate your hard work and effort on hub pages, thank you so much.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Another great feast of American history. I just love it. Thank you.

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      Troyjones345 6 years ago from Fredericksburg,va

      Great article. Good to see someone tryna lower the unemployment rate more than what it is=)!!