Lee’s Summit is one of the small communities within Jackson and Cass County in the state of Missouri. It is the sixth largest city in the Kansas City metro area and the sixth largest city in the state. It ranks as the forty-fourth best city to live, according to CNN Money and Money magazine in 2006. As of the last census, Lee’s Summit, Missouri jumped to ninety thousand people and moved up the ladder of the “100 Best Cities to Live in the United States.” From forty-fourth to twenty-seventh.
The bustling city that Lee’s Summit is now was once called the Town of Strother. The first recorded settlers in the area involve a man named William B. Howard and Maria D. Strother. She was the daughter of a William Strother in Bardstown, Kentucky, who has his known history in that area. Howard moved from Kentucky and bought 833 acres for his homestead.
For a while it was hardly any more than that family settling there, but in 1865 the town of Strother became Lee’s Summit, a variation from John Graves Lea, who moved to Jackson County in 1849. Dr. Lea was killed by Kansas Jayhawkers for his belief in slavery. The Jayhawkers were vigilante gangs that took it upon themselves to clash with pro-slavery groups from MIssouri. Some of those groups included the Border Ruffians. The fights often got bloody and rowdy.
As a probably pro-slavery advocate (as the Jayhawkers thought him to be because of his wealth) and took his life in 1862. The settlers that were present during that time persuaded the Missouri Pacific Railroad to change the name in his honor. Because the Missouri Pacific Railroad somehow got control over the Kansas lands, they agreed and made. Dr. Lea’s homestead rested on the highest point of the area, so they chose the name “Lea’s Summit.” Apparently, when the document was written they had misspelled the name with an extra “e” and it was kept as such until this day.
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