History of the Platte County


Lewis and Clark explored this area during their expedition of 1803-1806. Modern day Platte County began as a $7,500 government land purchase from the Iowa, Sac and Fox Indians. The Platte Purchase, as the transaction was titled, encompassed six counties. Named after the Platte River, the most southern portion of the Platte Purchase was named Platte County.

This newly opened frontier attracted many settlers from Virginia and Kentucky. Businesses sprang up utilizing the Missouri River as a supply link to towns along the river, including Ft. Leavenworth on the Kansas side.

Later, tobacco became the dominant crop. The city of Weston is home to the only tobacco auction market in the United States west of the Mississippi.

Today, you'll find that Platte County enjoys a rare mix of "old world charm" and modern amenities. Kansas City International Airport (KCI) is one of the most convenient airports in the nation. Its central location and affordable airfares make it a natural choice for vacation and business travelers alike.

Platte County is home to antique shopping districts in Parkville, Weston, Platte City (the county seat), Dearborn and Beverly; riverboat gaming in Riverside; championship golf on courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and legend Tom Watson; and, the Harley-Davidson Final Assembly Plant in Kansas City North. In addition, Platte County is rich in cultural activities and historical structures. Call today for more information. 1-888-875-2883.

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