Then and Now
The Overland Park Historical Society was formed in 1994 as a result of efforts by local business owners in the original business area to save a building from demolition. That building was the car barn that once housed the generators and maintenance area for interurban trolley cars from 1906 to 1940. The partially roofless building was in terrible shape and, until a group of concerned citizens took it upon themselves to organize, raise funds, and involve the city government, was in danger of being lost for future generations to see and appreciate. It is now a jewel of a building with a fine furniture store as a long-time tenant. A wall in that store is maintained with photos and information about the area’s history for visitors to see.
Dedicated society members have worked to accumulate photos, artifacts, and information about the history of the community with an eye towards making sure that several other buildings, 80 to 100-year-old buildings are also kept for posterity. Overland Park has grown to become the second largest city in Kansas and is named by a several nationally known magazines as among the 10 best cities in the United States in which to live and work. In our offices in the Historic Stanley Bank Building and the 100 year-old Strang Carriage House in Santa Fe Commons Park, we strive to show when, why, and how that occurred.
Conser Building - 1911 Dragon Inn - 2014
Overland Park State Bank - 1911 Cosmopolitan International - 2014
KC Power and Light - early 1950's Traditions Furniture - 2014
Overland Park Historical Society 8045 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204 913.381.8867