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The city of Shawnee, (not to be confused with "Shawnee Mission Region" formerly called Gum Springs), was founded in 1857, Pop.: About 42,996, Elev.: 1000 ft.

One of the state's earliest towns, Shawnee was also the site of the first territorial legislature, and home to the first territorial governor.

Shawnee is located in Johnson County and is included within the Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas Metro area. About a 1 mile SE of the mission is a famous spring, which has long been know by the name of "Cottonwood Spring." A mineral spring, said to possess great healing powers, which was called by the Native American "Medicine water." It is at this place that Fremont pitched his first camp after leaving Independence, Mo., on his tour across the plains, and hence the spring is sometimes called Fremont's Spring.

Shopping Doll Cradle | Location: Shawnee Kansas 66203 Telephone 913-631-2500 Fax 913-631-7351

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07/02 Coming to The Shawnee area
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Kansas City MO June18-July7 The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is set under the stars in South Moreland Park near Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It is a perfect way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. They have several programs to study and explore such as Speaker's Bureau and Poster and Sonnet Contest. The faculty includes theatre professionals, actors, and educators experienced in performing and teaching Shakespeare. Many of the instructors are veterans of festival productions.

Greater Kansas Citry Japan Festival Kansas City MO October6 Cekebrating the cultural of Japan.