- Founded as the Town of Strother in 1865 by William B. Howard
- Incorporated in1868, name changed to Lee's Summit
- Charter form of Government
- Growth rate from July 1, 1997 to July 1, 1998 was 5.72 citizens per day.
- William H. Colbern was a major general.
Over a hundred years ago, the small 11-block Town of Strother straddled the Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks. Today, that small town consists of 65.87 square miles and is known as the City of Lee's Summit.
In the late 1800s, a man by the name of William B. Howard was drawn to this fertile, gently rolling prairie land with the dream of building a city. Today, over 104,000 residents have been enticed to this progressive, yet restful and family-oriented community atmosphere, with a unified dream to create a dynamic, vital city.
From yesterday to today, the stories of this once-small town have been filled with the courage, dedication, and quiet determination of its citizens, making Lee's Summit an ideal city in which to live and work.
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