Unique Start for Mission Hills

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ission Hills had quite the exciting beginning. J.C. Nichols, (developer of the famous Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo) envisioned Mission Hills as a neighborhood for his “upscale” clientele who¬†were moving in during the Plaza’s beginning. It remains this style of area today.

At first, Nichols worried that these clients didn’t want to be on the Kansas side of the state line. However, that quickly changed as the wives of the elite wanted to get their kids away from alcohol and booze was prohibited on the Kansas side. Mission Hills grew and in 1914, Nichols wanted to develop the Mission Hills Country Club. But again, alcohol was not allowed in Kansas. He solved the issue by building the golf course in Kansas and the clubhouse on the east side of State Line Road in Missouri. Problem solved! To this day as you drive south on State Line Road, just south of Shawnee Mission Parkway you will see the golf course to the right (Kansas) and the Clubhouse to the left (Missouri).

Mission Hills, KS

Submitted by
Elaine Bennett
RE/MAX Realty Suburban
Shawnee Mission, KS

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