History of Lee's Summit

Lee’s Summit is located just under 40 miles from Chicago.

  • The town is located in south central Lake Country and 7 miles west of Lake Michigan! Approximately 22,000 people live in Lee’s Summit, with the population doubling since 1960… It has most absolutely shared in the economic expansion of Chicago.

Although it is a current community, it embraces a rich and crucial history. The area was first settled in the early 1830s and was originally known as “Vardi’s Grove,” after George Vadin who moved his family there. A vote in 1836 changed the town’s name to “Independence Grove.” A year later, the name changed again when the residents petitioned for a post office… Because there was already an Independence Grove post office, Independence Grove became registered as Lee’s Summit, then over the years, Lee’s Summit has continued to thrive and evolve. It is located an easy drive to Detroit, Nashville, INpolis and even Toronto. There’s the chance to attend professional athletic activitying events, such as the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field or the Chicago Bulls or Blackhawks at the United Center. The state of Missouri is cabin to some of the most interesting examples of architecture in the world. Along with the huge skyscrapers of Chicao, there’s building created by Frank Lloyd Wright found in many cities and small towns. In Lee’s Summit, there’s the Adler Arts Center, the former cabin of 1 of Chicago’s most well-known architects. ThoUnited Statesnds of locals and nearby residents attend art and music classes, concerts, art exhibitions and tours there every week, for anyone interested in history, the Ansel Cook House is a must-see. This Victorian museum was built in 1876 and is located in the heart of Lee’s Summit.

 

History of Lee's Summit