Merriam, Kansas

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Merriam (pronounced /ˈmɛriəm/) is a city in the northeastern part of Johnson County, located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 11,008 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 10,773 in the year 2006.[3] As a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, it is included in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by the cities of Overland Park to the east and south, Shawnee to the west, and Kansas City, Kansas to the north (in Wyandotte County); the city of Lenexa is less than a mile to the southwest. Merriam is included in the Shawnee Mission postal designation. The city was named in honor of Charles Merriam, a one-time secretary/treasurer of the then Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf railroad which ran through the area.

Seaboard Corporation is based in Merriam.



Merriam was incorporated as a third class city on October 28, 1950, and established second class city status on January 18, 1957.[4]


Merriam is located at 39°1′15″N 94°41′38″W / 39.02083°N 94.69389°W / 39.02083; -94.69389 (39.020888, -94.693784).[5] The city straddles approximately three miles of Interstate 35 from less than a mile southwest of its junction with Interstate 635 south to 75th Street. Shawnee Mission Parkway, an east-west road, nearly bisects the city. U.S. Routes 59 and 69 follow the Interstate to the south of the city and follow Shawnee Mission Parkway to the east from its junction with the Interstate. Turkey Creek, following a roughly parallel path to the Interstate, flows through the city.

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