Facts About Shawnee
The county was named in honour of Rev. Thomas Johnson and is among the first counties to be established in the Kansas Territory in 1855.
Shawnee is the 7th largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
The city has a total area of 42.86 square miles, of which, 41.85 square miles is land and 1.01 square miles is water.
Shawnee is in Johnston County and was founded in 1855.
A Shawnee Indian mission had been established at the present site of Shawnee in 1831. Shawnee was laid out as a town in 1857.
The city of Shawnee is twinned with the following sister cities Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany; Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland & Pittem, Belgium.
The town was known as Gum Springs, prior to its name change, it was home to the Kansas territory’s first legislature and capital, and it was the first county seat.
The estimated population of Shawnee is 31,361, as of 2020.
Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Shawnee include energy executive Linda Cook, former Attorney General of Kansas Phill Kline, and comedian Chris Porter.
The first newspaper in Kansas, in 1835, the Shawnee Sun, was printed in the Shawnee language at the Baptist Mission.