Overland Park, Kansas
Overland Park is located in the northeastern part of Kansas.
Overland Park is the second largest city in Kansas with a population of 173,372 residents (2010).
About Overland Park
CNN has ranked Overland Park as one of the top 10 best cities to live in. Business Development Outlook Magazine ranks the city the "Second Best City in America to Live In". In 2009, the city was ranked as one of the best places to raise your kids in. The city is also ranked 3rd for "America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up". Overland Park is named the "Number One Kid-Friendly City" by Zero Population Group.
To See And To Do In Overland Park
The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Art at the Center
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Oak Park Mall
Sykes/Lady Overland Park Golf Course
Overland Park Farmers Market
Town Center Plaza
History Of Overland Park
In 1905, the American railroad magnate and the founder of Overland Park, William B. Strang Jr, arrived to the region. He purchased 600 acres of land where the old downtown is today. William B. Strang Jr sponsored the Wright brothers and in 1909, Overland Park was the site for the first airplane flight west of the Mississippi with shows by the Wright brothers.
From 1905 to 1921, William B. Strang Jr established several housing developments, an interurban railroad and an airfield. Overland Park was incorporated as a first class city in 1960. It is one of the youngest communities in the USA. In 1974, the Oak Park Mall opened. It contains about 185 stores and is the largest shopping mall in the state of Kansas. In 2002, the Overland Park Convention Center opened and hosts about 400 events each year.
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