Many people, places and events shaped the Lenexa we know and love today. The history marker located on the Lenexa Commons near Lenexa City Hall highlights the most significant pieces of our history and hopes to educate you of our unique story.

The Lenexa Historical Society recommended what is featured on the history marker. In addition to the items listed, we pay tribute to the role of transportation in Lenexa’s development.

Discover more about the terms listed on the marker by viewing a series of short videos below. Lenexa founder Octave Chanute, portrayed by Bill Nicks, will guide you on your journey.

Octave Chanute


Legler Barn

The Lenexa Depot

Old Town Lenexa

Charles Bradshaw

William Strang

James Garfield Brown 

J.C. Nichols


Quasky Black Hoof

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Santa Fe and Oregon-California Trails


Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

Spinach Capital of the World

City of Festivals

Lenexa Mayors

City Center