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Shawnee /ʃɔːˈniː/ is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States and suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the seventh most populous municipality in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 67,311.

Territory of Kansas
Before and after the American Civil War, Shawnee served as a government road that connected Fort Leavenworth to Fort Riley. During the mid 19th century, branches of the Oregon Trail and nearby Santa Fe Trail that travelled through, Olathe, Overland Park and Kansas City, Missouri saw settlers travel through the area. A Shawnee Indian mission had been established at the present site of Shawnee in 1831. Shawnee was laid out as a town in 1857. Kansas entered the union as a free state on January 29, 1861 to become the 34th state. The declaration of a free state, added to the tension between the anti-slave abolitionists and pro-slave Confederate guerrillas.

American Civil War
William Quantrill was a confederate Guerrilla Leader who led Confederate soldiers that were known as bushwhackers. In October 1862, Willam Quantrill ordered an attack on Shawnee, which saw the town pillaged and burned to the ground. Quantrill and his army of bushwhackers return in the summer of 1863, to raid and look for an escape route from Lawrence, which he was intending to sack. The raids on Shawnee served as a training exercise before attempting the full scale siege on Lawrence.

Shawnee was selected by Quantrill for its proximity to Lawrence, being 35 miles away (56 kms). Lawrence was established for the political reason of being an anti-slave town and had many clashes with the confederate army started before the American Civil War. The first documented event of Bleeding Kansas was the Wakarusa War that saw both sides clash and come to a temporary truce. This allowed Lawrence to add to its defenses before the Sacking of Lawrence. In August 1863, the Lawrence Massacre took place at the hands of William Quantrill. This saw 250 men corralled and murdered and $2.2 million from damages.

Two branches of the Johnson County Library serves the Shawnee Mission area. The Library includes 13 locations throughout Johnson County, including the Monticello and Shawnee Libraries. Shawnee Town 1929 Museum and Wonderscope Children’s Museum are also located within the city.

Shawnee is in the Kansas City, Missouri television market. The Shawnee Dispatch was a weekly newspaper published by the Lawrence Journal-World and The World Company. The Shawnee Dispatch ceased operation in November 2018.

  • USD 512 Shawnee Mission School District
  • USD 232 De Soto School District
  • Maranatha Christian Academy
  • Kansas City, Kansas Archdiocese Catholic Schools
  • Midland Adventist Academy
  • Hope Lutheran School
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Lenexa, KS 66219

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Wandering Vine at the Castle 4.0 star rating 56 reviews
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Shawnee, KS 66216

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Nick and Jake's 4.0 star rating 80 reviews
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Shawnee, KS 66226

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Shawnee, KS 66216

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Sancho Streetside 4.5 star rating 59 reviews
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Shawnee, KS 66203

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Harley's Hideaway Bar & Grill 4.5 star rating 21 reviews
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Shawnee, KS 66216

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Shawnee, KS 66217

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Shawnee, KS 66217

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The Social Bar & Grill 3.5 star rating 13 reviews
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Shawnee, KS 66216

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The Final Final 5.0 star rating 5 reviews
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Knub's Pub 4.0 star rating 140 reviews
5386 Roberts St
Shawnee, KS 66226

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The Pour House 3.5 star rating 30 reviews
7405 Neiman
Shawnee, KS 66214

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Shawnee, KS 66217

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

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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

Cosentino's Price Chopper 2.5 star rating 15 reviews
22210 W 66th St
Shawnee, KS 66226

(913) 422-2130

Hy-Vee 2.5 star rating 12 reviews
13550 W 63rd St
Shawnee, KS 66216

(913) 962-2252

Price Chopper 3.0 star rating 17 reviews
12010 W 63rd St
Shawnee, KS 66216

(913) 268-8025

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

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Natural Grocers 4.0 star rating 18 reviews
13335 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS 66216

(913) 631-0844

Prayer Box Cafe 5.0 star rating 10 reviews
5428 Roberts St
Shawnee, KS 66226

(913) 745-6150