The city of Olathe, Kansas often gets overshadowed by other cities in the Kansas City metroplex, but Olathe is not only an economic powerhouse, it is also a great place for families to work and play. Whether you are from the area or are thinking of visiting, here are 7 fun facts to help you get to know Olathe better.
1. The Meaning of Olathe
The story of the naming of Olathe goes back to 1857 and the founder John T. Barton. He purportedly thought the area was so beautiful with its blooming wildflowers and rolling prairie land that he asked his Shawnee interpreter how to say “beautiful” in his native language. His response was “Olathe.”1
2. Rapid Growth
Olathe is the 4th most populous city in all of Kansas, with a population in the 2010 census of 125,872. In the years since, the population has continued to increase and has grown tremendously.
3. Strong Economy
Olathe has an active and robust economy. The city is home to many commercial and industrial parks. It is also the headquarters of several large companies including: Honeywell, Husqvarna, and Garmin. It is also home to more Farmers Insurance employees than any other city in the United States.
4. Sculpture Art
Olathe is a unique city because of its sculpture art. It embraces the use of sculptures in public areas throughout the downtown. There are currently 22 permanent sculptures in Olathe. The city believes they create identity, activate public spaces, and connect people to community.
5. Oz Marathon
The Olathe Marathon started back in 2002 as the course for the NAIA track and field national championships. It later took on a Wizard of Oz theme, and when Garmin became the major sponsor, they kept the Oz theme. With over 4,300 participants from all 50 states and 10 different countries, the Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz has become quite a spectacle.
6. Working Stagecoach
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is the only working stagecoach stop on the old Santa Fe Trail. Purchased in 1857 by the Mahaffie family, the farm became one of the important stagecoach stops on the trail. Today it operates as a museum and historic site. Visitors can experience life on the frontier, take stagecoach rides, and see 1860’s farming practices.
7. Deaf History
Olathe is also home to the William J. Mara Museum of Deaf History, Arts, and Culture. This one of a kind museum explores deaf culture in America and pays tribute to the work of the Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD). Visitors can watch videos, view exhibits, and participate in interactive modules that teach American Sign Language.
Olathe is a great place to live and work. Six Brothers Pest Control is proud to serve the great people of Olathe and surrounding areas. If you need pest control in Olathe, contact Six Brothers today. At Six Brothers, your satisfaction is guaranteed!