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Lenexa /lɪˈnɛksə/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States and suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is one of four principal cities of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and 9th most populated city of Kansas.[5][6] As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 57,434. It is the birthplace of Garmin and the regional headquarters of Kiewit Construction. It is bordered by the cities of Shawnee to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the west and Olathe to the south.

Twelve years before the town of Lenexa was platted, James Butler Hickok staked a claim on 160 acres (65 ha) at what is now the corner of 83rd and Clare Road. Filed in 1857, the claim was not far from the Kansas River, and was 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Westport, Missouri, and the start of the Santa Fe Trail. The trail meandered through this area on its way to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On March 22, 1858, Hickok was elected one of the first four constables of nearby Monticello Township. Later, Hickok became a scout for the Free-State Army, a sharpshooter and eventually, one of the most famous folk heroes of the American West, Wild Bill Hickok.

At about the same time as Hickok filed his claim, a census of the Shawnee Indians living in the area was being taken, and one of the residents listed was Na-Nex-Se Blackhoof. She was the widow of Chief Blackhoof, the second signer of the 1854 treaty that ceded 1,600,000 acres (650,000 ha) of the Kansas Shawnee Indian reservation to the United States government.

In 1865, the Kansas and Neosho Valley Railroad was organized to take advantage of favorable new land laws. It later changed its name to Missouri River, Ft. Scott and Gulf Railroad, and in 1869 purchased a right-of-way from C.A. Bradshaw in the area that is now Lenexa, with the stipulation that a depot be built on the property.

Bradshaw also sold 10.5 acres (4.2 ha) to Octave Chanute, a railroad civil engineer, who platted the town in 1869. Legend states that the first town name proposed was “Bradshaw”, but Bradshaw modestly refused and the name “Lenexa”, a derivation of the name Na-Nex-Se, the name of Shawnee Chief Thomas Blackhoof’s wife, was adopted.

Lenexa does not have a public school district of its own. Instead, Lenexa students go to either Shawnee Mission School District, Olathe School District, or De Soto School District schools. It is also home to a handful of private schools. Lenexa’s first private high school, St. James Academy, opened in 2005. The Johnson County Library has a branch in the Lenexa City Center. Wichita based Friends University also has a branch in Lenexa. The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is based in Lenexa; its competitive peer, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, is based in neighboring Overland Park.

Events
Each June the city hosts “The Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle”, which is also the Kansas State Championship. Lenexa was known as the “Spinach Capital of the World” in the 1930s and celebrates with the Spinach Festival every September.

Religion
Lenexa is home to the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, a parish founded in Kansas City in 1906 and moved to Lenexa in 2006. The parish constructed a new Byzantine style church and cultural center. The church hosts a SerbFest every year in the summer and a Food Festival and Bazaar in the fall.

The Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical Protestant denomination which was headquartered for many years in Kansas City, moved its international headquarters to Lenexa in 2008.

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Silo Modern Farmhouse 4.0 star rating 603 reviews
17501 W 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66219

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Red Door Woodfired Grill 4.0 star rating 112 reviews
15918 W 88th St
Lenexa, KS 66219

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Sierra Grill 4.5 star rating 213 reviews
11099 Lackman Rd
Lenexa, KS 66219

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Monkey King BBQ & Noodle 4.5 star rating 89 reviews
9518 Marshall Dr
Lenexa, KS 66215

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Grand Street Cafe 4.0 star rating 197 reviews
8815 Renner Blvd
Lenexa, KS 66219

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Martin City Pizza & Taproom At Lenexa City Center 3.5 star rating 34 reviews
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Lenexa, KS 66219

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Saints Pub + Patio City Center 3.5 star rating 125 reviews
16804 W 89th St
Lenexa, KS 66219

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Brewbakers 3.5 star rating 194 reviews
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Jerry's Bait Shop 3.5 star rating 57 reviews
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Lenexa, KS 66215

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Tall Trellis Brew Co 4.5 star rating 12 reviews
25600 W Valley Pkwy
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(913) 249-5077

McKeever's Market 4.0 star rating 35 reviews
8800 Maurer Rd
Lenexa, KS 66219

(913) 766-1012

Sprouts Farmers Market 4.0 star rating 47 reviews
8550 Maurer Rd
Lenexa, KS 66219

(913) 312-1586

Hen House Supermarkets 4.0 star rating 32 reviews
15000 W 87th Street Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66215

(913) 599-6423

Hy-Vee 3.5 star rating 38 reviews
13400 W 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66215

(913) 438-8308

Price Chopper 3.0 star rating 22 reviews
19601 W 101st St
Lenexa, KS 66220

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Hen House Supermarket 3.0 star rating 36 reviews
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Revocup Lenexa Coffee Shop 4.5 star rating 29 reviews
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Foundry Coffeehouse 4.5 star rating 17 reviews
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Lenexa, KS 66219

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