Stilwell, Kansas

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Stilwell is an unincorporated community in Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is a southern outlying suburb of Kansas City.

History[edit]

Stilwell had its start when the railroad was extended to that point.[1] It was platted in 1886 under the name of Mt. Auburn.[2] The first post office in Stilwell was established in June 1888.[3] It was renamed to Stilwell in 1889.[4] Like many towns along the line to the Gulf of Mexico, it is named for Arthur Stilwell, founder of what became the Kansas City Southern Railroad.[citation needed]

Stilwell is mostly agricultural land, largely sod farms[citation needed], but in recent years has spawned suburban neighborhoods. The Aubry Township Board stated[when?] that by 2010, most of Stilwell would be urban. Stilwell has affordable land and some farms are abandoned; however the large population growth of Overland Park, Kansas increased the demand for new neighborhoods, raising the land value in some areas.

Geography[edit]

Stilwell is located at 38°46′09″N 94°39′23″W / 38.76917°N 94.65639°W / 38.76917; -94.65639Coordinates: 38°46′09″N 94°39′23″W / 38.76917°N 94.65639°W / 38.76917; -94.65639.[5]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Stilwell has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 766.
  2. ^ Blair, Ed (1915). History of Johnson County, Kansas. Standard Publishing Company. p. 173.
  3. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961, page 2 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  4. ^ House Journal of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Kansas: Sixth Biennial Session, Begun at Topeka, January 8, 1889. p. 1387.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Stilwell, Kansas

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