Johnson County Museum Collections Manager Russ Czaplewski has been busy searching online for items related to King Louie West to add to the Museum’s permanent collection. Russ found an early 1960s King Louie lighter and a 1960s ashtray on eBay and he just had to have them. The Johnson County Museum collects artifacts from all periods of the county’s history, from early settlement through the present day.
King Louie West on 87th and Metcalf in Overland Park was a gathering place for kids and families in Johnson County for 50 years. In many ways, King Louie West was the defining structure of post-war Johnson County. The entertainment complex stands as a symbol of the optimism of the families who migrated to the suburbs, and of post-war middle-class affluence. Two generations of Johnson Countians gathered at King Louie West to ice skate, bowl, and socialize with family and friends.
– Matt Gilligan, Johnson County Museum