JoCo Street Names: A – C

Street names have been a hot topic around here lately and we would like to share with you some interesting information researched by the Johnson County Museum. Below is a list of street and road names in Johnson County, Kansas in alphabetical order A – C. The citations follow the description. Stay tuned for the next set of names in this three part series.

Acuff Lane: Named for Phil and John Acuff, residential developers in Lenexa and Shawnee. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society. ]

Alden Road: William Alden owned 120 acres from one mile west of Shawnee and donated land for the Greenwood School. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society.]

Allman Road: Robert O. and Frances Allman were landowners of an area north of 79th and west of Lackman Road. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society.]

Antioch: Originally called Chase Road after the Chase family; later renamed Antioch because the Antioch Church was located there. [Overland Park (Kan.). Community Development Dept. Comprehensive Planning Division. (1978). History of Overland Park. Overland Park, KS: City of Overland Park. p. 55.]

OR

It could have been named for the city mentioned in the Bible. [Journal Herald May 13, 1999 p. 7]

Ballentine: Named for John N. Ballentine, grocer from Kansas City, Kansas who moved to Johnson County in 1919, [Overland Park (Kan.). Community Development Dept. Comprehensive Planning Division. (1978). History of Overland Park. Overland Park, KS: City of Overland Park. p. 55.]

Barkley Road: John L. Barkley helped develop the area and was on the mission Urban Township board. [Overland Park (Kan.). Community Development Dept. Comprehensive Planning Division. (1978). History of Overland Park. Overland Park, KS: City of Overland Park. p. 56.]

Barton: John Barton was the treasurer of Johnson County in 1857 and founder of Olathe. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society. ]

Blackbob Road: Blackbob was the recognized chief of the Black Bob Band of Shawnee Indians in the Stanley – Stillwell area. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society.]

Bluejacket Street: Could have been named for the famed Bluejacket spring used by Indians for water.

OR

The Shawnee Indians of White decent, Charles, Julia and Robert Bluejacket. [“Historic Johnson County.”  Johnson County Herald September 3, 1969 p. 7]

Boehm Drive: New street west of Loiret Boulevard in the Villas of Loriet. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society. ]

Bradshaw Drive: Named for the family of Squire Charles A. Bradshaw, one of the founders of Lenexa. Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). [Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society.]

Bregfoyle: Well-known member of Overland Park and Olathe areas; a portion of this street was renamed Switzer. [Overland Park (Kan.). Community Development Dept. Comprehensive Planning Division. (1978). History of Overland Park. Overland Park, KS: City of Overland Park. p. 56.]

Caenen: Named for Remi Caenen, Belgium immigrant who moved to the area in the 1860s. [Overland Park (Kan.). Community Development Dept. Comprehensive Planning Division. (1978). History of Overland Park. Overland Park, KS: City of Overland Park. p. 56.]

Cedar Creek Road: Named after Cedar Creek, small stream that enters Kansas about 1 ½ miles east of De Soto. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society.]

Cherry Lane: Believed to have been named after the Cherry Lane School located at 95th and Woodland. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society. ]

Cody: Some people believe it was named after Buffalo Bill Cody. [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society. ]

College: Name changed from 111th street after the construction of the Johnson County Community College.  [“Man who named College Blvd. never foresaw massive growth” Sun October 30, 1991] [Lenexa Historical Society. (1999). Heritage of Lenexa: Historic sites, street names. Lenexa, KS: Lenexa Historical Society. ]

 

Conser: Named by Grant Conser, second generation Conser, when he came to the area. [Overland Park (Kan.). Johnson County Democrat March 4, 1954. Community Development Dept. Comprehensive Planning Division. (1978). History of Overland Park. Overland Park, KS: City of Overland Park. p. 57.]

Thank you for reading and remember to come back to see the next set of street names! Feel free to comment with any additional street names you’re interested in knowing more about.

-Beth Edson, Johnson County Library

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4 responses to “JoCo Street Names: A – C

  1. Joanne Preston

    Albervan was named after my father Albert VanLerberg. He said a councilwoman said she was going to name a road after him and she did!

  2. Thank you for sharing, Joanne. That is interesting!

  3. Peggy Czaplewski

    Great info – things I always wondered about….

  4. Renee Laughlin

    Thanks for sharing this information on street names and the history of Johnson county suburbs. Its interesting to know now when driving some of these streets where the names came from. Thanks again. Renee Laughlin

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