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Blue Springs is a city located in the U.S. state of Missouri within Jackson County. Blue Springs is located 19 miles (31 km) east of downtown Kansas City and is the 9th largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2020 census, the population was 58,604 making Blue Springs the 10th largest city in the state of Missouri. Per the United States Census of estimates from July 2021 the population of Blue Springs is 59,430.

Blue Springs’ history is tied to the migration of settlers on their westward journey. Pioneers found the area to be an ideal stopover due to the abundance of cool, clean water from a spring of the Little Blue River—hence the name Blue Springs. The presence of water and a need for pioneer supplies led to the construction of a grist mill and permanent settlement at the current site of the City’s Burrus Old Mill Park on Woods Chapel Road.

An early settler, Franklin Smith, arrived in Blue Springs from Virginia in 1838 and became a leading figure in the community’s development. He established the first post office in 1845, naming it after the well-known springs.

The settlement continued to grow near the springs until March 1878, when the Chicago and Alton Railroad announced plans to build a station about one mile east of the original settlement. To take advantage of the commerce the railroad would bring, the town moved its center to the site of the new station and continued its development as a rural trading center. The Jackson County Court granted the incorpation of Blue Springs on September 7, 1880, making the City the fourth settlement in the county to be incorporated. The Chicago & Alton Hotel built in 1878, located on Main Street west of the railroad tracks is the oldest business in the City of Blue Springs.

Historical attractions near or in Blue Springs include: Missouri Town 1855, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, Dillingham-Lewis House Museum, Chicago & Alton Hotel Museum, and the Lone Jack Civil War Museum.

City Hall History

Until 1965, the Blue Springs City Hall was located in a very small block building under the old water tower on the northwest corner of 11th and Walnut Streets. City Hall and the water tower were torn down not long after vacating the buildings. From 1965 to 1968, the City Hall was a metal building located in the 200 block of NW 11th Street, across the street from the former Blue Springs Post Office. In 1968 the current City Hall was built at 903 W. Main Street as the Blue Springs Municipal Building. The Blue Springs Municipal Building held the Blue Springs Police Department in the lower level and city hall functions on the main level until 1988, when the Police Department moved to a new police station at 1100 SW Smith Street. The Municipal Building was remodeled in 1989 and was renamed the Blue Springs City Hall.

The June 1911 issue of Technical World magazine published an article claiming that Blue Springs “boasts of possessing the world’s champion marble players,” and published a picture of a competition. It named Dan Stanley, George Webb, George Binger and Lynn Pryor as the best.

In 2010, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Blue Springs 49th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

On May 24, 2012, Chris Oberholtz and Dave Jordan of KCTV5 reported that several residents had seen strange lights in the evening sky above Blue Springs.

Blue Springs has a Municipal Police Department. The Blue Springs School District has a department of public safety. There are two Fire Districts providing public safety services to resident’s Blue Springs.

  • Blue Springs Law Enforcement duties are performed by the Blue Springs Police Department. B.S.P.D. was formed by the City of Blue Springs in 1966 and started with just three employees. Today (BSPD) has grown to 138 employees, 100 sworn law enforcement personnel and 38 civilian support personnel. (BSPD) is located at 1100 SW Smith Street.
  • Fire and ambulance service for most of Blue Springs is performed by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District(CJCFPD). CJC was formed in 1961 and is an Accredited Fire Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. It is 1 of only 4 agencies in the state of Missouri to be accredited. CJCFPD has 5 fire stations that serve the community. CJCFPD Headquarters is located at 805 NE Jefferson St.
  • Fire and ambulance service for the very southern portion of Blue Springs, roughly south of Liggett Road, is served by Prairie Township Fire Protection District (PTFD) which was established in 1954 and has 1 fire station to serve the community located in unincorporated Jackson County at 11010 Milton Thompson Road.
  • The Blue Springs School District Department of Public Safety (BSSD DPS) has 14 commissioned officers and an administrative assistant which serves as the departments dispatcher, records keeper, and public face of the department to the customers. The commissioned officers service the schools as School Resource Officers (SRO), providing public safety classes to students and staff members, and conduct residency/truancy investigations. BSSD DPS is located at the Paul Consiglio Education Center at 1501 NW Jefferson Street in Blue Springs.
  • The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, KCATA provides public bus services to Blue Springs.

Major highways and roadways

  • Interstate 70 – Major east/west interstate highway, connecting Blue Springs to Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis
  • US 40 -Connects Kansas City to Independence and then enters Blue Springs at Bolin Road to the west, then east of Adams Dairy Parkway enters Grain Valley.
  • Route 7 – Links U.S. 24 Hwy with Blue Springs by first traveling through Independence entering Blue Springs at Pink Hill Road and is the main north/south Highway through Blue Springs, leaving Blue Springs at Colbern Road and entering Lake Lotawana then Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville.
  • Adams Dairy Parkway is an important trafficway that runs from the north to south through Blue Springs.

Fleming Park is home to Blue Springs Lake and Lake Jacomo. The park is operated by Jackson County. Fleming Park offers many recreational features. Fleming Park’s total land area is 7,809-acre (32 km2) of which 1,690-acre (7 km2) is water.

Blue Springs also has 22 city parks which offer a vast array of recreational activities. They are:

  • Adams Pointe Golf Course
  • Baumgardner Park
  • Blue Springs Park
  • Burrus Old Mill Park
  • Burrus Old Mill Skate Parks
  • Central Park
  • Dog Park at Gregory O. Grounds Park
  • Franklin Smith School Park
  • Gregory O. Grounds Park
  • Hidden Valley Sports Complex
  • James Walker School Park
  • James Walker Skate Park
  • Keystone Park
  • Pink Hill Park
  • Rotary Park at Railroad Lake
  • Ward Park
  • Wilbur Young Park
  • Wood Chapel Park
  • Undeveloped Parks or Green Spaces without amenities include the following:
  • Northeast Park Site, Valley View Park, Stone Creek Park, and Rosco Righter Park.

Blue Springs City owned or ran recreational facilities are:

  • Centennial Pool Plex
  • Vesper Hall

Private clubs or organizations

  • Blue Springs Country Club
  • Elks Lodge #2509
  • The American Legion Stanley-Pack
  • Metro East Tennis Center
  • Blue Springs Lodge #337 AF & AM


  • The Examiner, Eastern Jackson County Daily Newspaper. Also known as the Blue Springs Examiner
  • The Kansas City Star

Blue Springs is served by three public schools districts and three private schools. Public Schools are as follows:

  • Blue Springs R-IV School District, has two high schools, which are Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School, as well as a Freshmen Center.
  • Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, has three high schools, but the only one that serves Blue Springs and it is Lee’s Summit North High School.
  • Grain Valley R-V School District, has one high school, which is Grain Valley High School.

The private schools are as follows:

  • Timothy Lutheran Schools, K-8, North Campus
  • St. John La Lande Catholic School, K-8
  • Plaza Heights Christian Academy, PreK-12

Blue Springs is served by the following utilities:

  • Natural Gas Service- Spire Inc.
  • Electrical Service-Kansas City Power and Light, KC&PL—a division of Evergy.
  • Water & Sewer Service-City of Blue Springs Missouri supplies most of water to Blue Springs and sewer service to the entire city.
  • Water Service Only-Jackson County Public Water Supply District #13 is the supplier of water for the southernmost portion of Blue Springs.
  • Cable Television-Comcast Cable, and AT&T U-verse
  • Telephone Service-AT&T, and Embarq south of Mason School Road.

St. Mary’s Medical Center

Public libraries
Mid-Continent Public Library operates two library branches in Blue Springs

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