Have you ever browsed through the historical atlases at JoCoHistory.org?
These historical maps and narratives trace the boundaries of land ownership and the development of townships and cities. Use these atlases to discover how Johnson County has changed over the last 150 years. Their high-resolution images allow you to zoom in to view small details.
Our available atlases include:
Today we’re featuring Mission Township, located on page 17 of the 1902 atlas and on pages 28-29 of the 1922 atlas.
One early resident of Mission Township was Philip Reinhardt, born in 1934, who immigrated to the U.S. from Darmstadt, Germany at age 16. He moved to Kansas City in 1854 and worked as a wagon maker before retiring to his farm in 1897. His land was bounded by 56th, 63rd, Belinder, and Mission Roads and included what became Kansas City Country Club, Reinhardt Estates, and part of Fairway, Kansas. Reinhardt’s land parcel is designated as section 10 in both atlases, though his name is misspelled as “Rhinehardt”.
Philip Reinhardt is perhaps best remembered the gorgeous two-story Folk Victorian house he built for his family in 1879. The home is still standing at 5637 Cherokee Circle.
The JoCoHistory collections also feature images of homes built by Philip’s sons Fred and Philip, and greenhouses owned by his son Charles T. Reinhardt.
A close-up view of section 10 in the 1922 atlas shows which parcels of land were held by each man at the time.
The area has changed dramatically since Philip Reinhardt first set foot in Johnson County. You’d never know that the area south of Shawnee Mission Parkway between Belinder and Mission roads was once all farmland.
We are thankful for resources like the historical atlases that can provide a glimpse into the past!