Mission Township in Johnson County’s Historical Atlases

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.

Mission Township on p. 17 of the 1902 Atlas of Johnson County Philip Reinhardt's land parcel is in section 10 Full atlas at http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/atlas/id/128

Mission Township on p. 17 of the 1902 Atlas of Johnson County
Philip Reinhardt’s land parcel is in section 10
Full atlas at http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/atlas/id/128

Mission Township on pp. 28-29, 1922 Atlas of Johnson County Philip Reinhardt's land parcel is in section 10 Full atlast at http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/atlas/id/162

Mission Township on pp. 28-29, 1922 Atlas of Johnson County
Philip Reinhardt’s land parcel is in section 10
Full atlast at http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/atlas/id/162

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 boundedĀ  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.

Girls in front of the Philip Reinhardt home, 1913 Fred Reinhardt's daughters Mildred Aileen and Florence are on the left. Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1436

Girls in front of the Philip Reinhardt home, 1913
Fred Reinhardt’s daughters Mildred Aileen and Florence are on the left.
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1436

Date unknown. Photo by Jack Martin Johnson County Historic Preservation Survey Same perspective as the 1913 photo with the four girls in front of the house Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/hps/id/10891

Date unknown. Photo by Jack Martin
Johnson County Historic Preservation Survey
Similar perspective to the 1913 photo with four girls in front of the house
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/hps/id/10891

Broader view of the Reinhardt House Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/5903

Broader view of the Reinhardt House
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/5903

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.

Fred Reinhardt house, 1911 Fred's daughters Florence and Mildred Aileen are pictured. Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1238

Fred Reinhardt house, 1911
Fred’s daughters Florence and Mildred Aileen are pictured.
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1238

Philip Reinhardt house, 1891 People standing on the porch include Philip Reinhardt (likely Philip Sr.'s son), Charles T. Reinhardt (a son of Philip Sr.) and his wife Ada. http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1459

Philip Reinhardt house, 1891
People standing on the porch include Philip Reinhardt (likely Philip Sr.’s son), Charles T. Reinhardt (a son of Philip Sr.) and his wife Ada.
http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1459

C.T. Reinhardt & Son greenhouses at 57th & Mission Rd in 1930 Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1437 The greenhouses are illustrated in the 1922 atlas on the Mission Township page on the right side of section 10

C.T. Reinhardt & Son greenhouses at 57th & Mission Rd in 1930
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/1437
The greenhouses are illustrated in the 1922 atlas on the Mission Township page on the right side of section 10

A close-up view of section 10 in the 1922 atlas shows which parcels of land were held by each man at the time.

Section 10

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.

Shawnee Mission Parkway, looking east near Belinder Rd in 1913 Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/7896

Shawnee Mission Parkway, looking east near Belinder Rd in 1913
Original image: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/7896

We are thankful for resources like the historical atlases that can provide a glimpse into the past!

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