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I've been a resident of Independence, MO my entire life. Prior to Real Estate, I was a technician with a local cable company. That opportunity allowed me to become more familiar with the areas in which I now serve. With an unrivaled passion for helping people, I strive to provide the best service possible for the communities of the Kansas City area.
I'm very family oriented, so I understand the importance of HOME. It's where families are started, where your children grow and create endless memories, where your pets become protectors as they stand watch day and night. HOME is definitely where the heart is, and there's no greater heart than Kansas City and its surrounding communities.
I am licensed in Missouri, but if you need assistance on the Kansas side, I have a large network of other agents who provide the same exceptional service.
With such a rich history throughout the area, it's hard to convey the stories of every community in the KC area. The following are just a handful of the many histories Kansas City has to offer.
A businessman by the name, John Calvin McCoy, built a trading post near the Santa Fe Trail in 1833. He deemed the post as a portal to the west. So came the name Westport. McCoy also discovered a rock ledge on the south shore of the Missouri River which he thought could be used as a landing for river boats. His idea worked like a charm and Westport had replaced Independence as a supply source and point of departure for wagons heading west.
McCoy and 13 others purchased the Gabriel Prudhomme Farm, which was 271 acres and included land which would become Kansas City's first downtown district. The new township's name was the topic of discussion amongst the purchasers. With names like Port Fonda, Rabbitville, and Possum Trot, they ultimately decided on The Town of Kansas, which was named after the Kansa Indians who inhabited the area. The name was changed in 1853 to the City of Kansas after being incorporated by the State, and in 1889 it was officially known as Kansas City.
Home of President Harry S. Truman, and known as the "Queen City of the Trails". Independence was a part of the Louisianna Purchase in 1803, however, it wasn't actually founded until 1827. It was a place of commerce between traders and was the farthest point westward on the Missouri River that steamboats could travel at the time. Independence holds its annual festival SantaCaliGon Days, paying homage to the westward expansion.
Blue Springs, MO:
Blue Springs was yet another stopping point for settlers traveling westward. The Little Blue river provided a spring from which water was gathered, hence the name Blue Springs. Eventually, settlers constructed a grist mill and permanent settlement which is currently the home of Burrus Old Mill Park. In 1878, the Chicago and Alton Railroad announced that they would be building a station not far from that settlement. In order to take advantage of the new commerce from the railroad, the town center moved to the site of the station and continued developing as a trade town.
Grain Valley, MO:
Grain Valley was founded in 1878 but had quite the history prior. The city was actually formed from two towns, Pink Hill and Stony Point. Both were thriving communities in their own sense during the westward expansion, but the populations of both started declining due to the lack of transportation available. Both towns relocated to the site of the newly constructed railroad and merged the two towns to form The City of Grain Valley.
Lee's Summit, MO:
Originally founded as the Town of Strother, Lee's Summit acquired its name in 1868. The "Summit" portion of the name referred to the fact that the elevation of the town was the highest point along the railroad from St. Louis to Kansas City. The "Lee" portion, however, has been the subject of multiple theories. One suggests that the town was named after General Robert E. Lee, while another suggests that it was named after an early settler, Dr. Pleasant Lea.