Jackson County was organized in1826 from Lillard
(now Lafayette) County and named for Andrew Jackson.
Downtown Kansas City,
Missouri, is just south of the Missouri
And although Kansas City is the major population center, the county seat of Independence is the older city. It made its mark in early Missouri history as the jumping-off place for the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails.
A century later, it made headlines as the home
of Harry S Truman.
North of the Missouri River,
Kansas City continues up into Clay County.
The county seat is Liberty. Other cities in the county include North
Kansas City, Gladstone, Smithville, Kearney, Holt, Excelsior Springs, and Missouri City. The area is experiencing much growth.
A 7200 acre lake was created when Smithville Dam
Clay County was organized in 1822 from Ray County. It was named for Kentucky Congressman, Henry Clay.
The city limits of Kansas City,
Missouri, also extend north and west into Platte County.
Platte county was organized in 1838 from the Platte Purchase.
It was named for the Platte
is a French word meaning "shallow" or "flat."
The Kansas City Airport and much of the newest business and residential development
is located in Platte
The county seat is Platte
City. Other cities in the county include Parkville,
Riverside, Edgerton, and Platte Woods.
In 1859, Wyandotte County, Kansas, was created from Johnson and Leavenworth Counties. Its name comes from the Wyandot Indians who lived in
The county seat of Wyandotte County is Kansas City,
KS, next door to the much larger Kansas City,
MO. The county and Kansas City,
Kansas share a unified government.
Kansas City, Kansas is nestled right up against the confluence of the Missouri River and the Kansas
River, known locally as the "Kaw."