Mission Hills is indistinguishable as an independent city, having been completely absorbed by the development of the greater metropolitan area. In fact, most of the cities that comprise the Kansas City Metropolitan Area – Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, et al – managed to grow in concentric circles over the latter half of the twentieth century, blending into one large, sprawling area.
Mission Hills was originally developed by J.C. Nichols during the 1920’s, intended as a residential section of the Country Club Plaza district. Most famously, Earnest Hemingway penned A Farewell To Arms while staying at the house of W. Malcolm & Ruth Lowry at 6435 Indian Lane. His wife gave birth to Hemingway’s son, Patrick, during their time in Kansas City.
The neighborhoods seem pretty nice at a glance, although I’ve never been in any of the homes here. Like many others, I only know the area by traveling through it, on Shawnee Mission Parkway, from one side of town to the other. I decided, a couple of years ago, to park my car on a side road and walk around for a bit with my camera. This is one of the results.