The Westport Route

Overland travelers began leaving from Westport, Missouri in the mid-1830s. They traveled one of two branches of the trail. The northern branch entered the county in present day Westwood and passed by the three Shawnee missions located in the county. The southern branch of the Westport route followed a high ridge and entered near the Shawnee Indian Agency, once located near today's Mission Hills City Hall. The two branches joined near the present day location of the Johnson County Central Resource Library at 87th Street and Farley Street.