Westwood Hills, Kansas

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Westwood Hills is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States. The population was 378 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Westwood Hills is located at 39°2′21″N 94°36′39″W / 39.03917°N 94.61083°W / 39.03917; -94.61083 (39.039055, -94.610808)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), all of it land.

History

Westwood Hills as "The Most Beautiful City in Kansas" is 175 homes and approximately 400 citizens living in northeast Johnson County. Bounded by 48th Terrace to the north, 50th Terrace to the South, State Line to the East and Rainbow to the West, the city provides a sense of community to its citizens.

Westwood Hills began as a rock quarry for the development of the Country Club Plaza. In 1922 the subdivision was laid for what would become Westwood Hills. Services were created as the need arose. As Westwood Hills was an unincorporated corner of the county, police and fire came from the Johnson County. The Nichols Company provided water service to its Kansas developments from Kansas City, Missouri sources, and laid its own sewer lines as well.

In 1922 the first lot was sold in Westwood Hills. It was reported that, "Miss Ida Carter climbed through a barbed wire fence on the west side of State Line at Fiftieth Street, shooed the cows out of her way, accompanied by a salesman for the J.C.Nichols Company, and a blueprint of what was to be known as Westwood Hills."

1925 saw construction of the shops at the corner of 50th Street and State Line Road. "Designed (by Nichols Company architect Edward Tanner) in the mode common to English farm buildings, with a touch of Normandy in its main round tower" this commercial area was to house six shops. A beauty shop, Piggly Wiggly and drugstore, were opened in the shops.

in 1949, Westwood Hills was incorporated as a city of the Third Class in Johnson County. This was celebrated in 1999 as the 50th Anniversary of the City.

Westwood Hills continues its sense of community with an Annual Spring Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Celebration, Annual Dinner and Christmas Tree Lighting. In addition many of the streets host block parties and other opportunities for gathering neighbors.

Westwood Hills is served by the Shawnee Mission School District, with students attending Westwood View Elementary, Indian Hills and Shawnee Mission East.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 378 people, 170 households, and 116 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,512.0 people per square mile (2,085.0/km²). There were 173 housing units at an average density of 2,522.7/sq mi (954.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.92% White, 1.59% African American, 0.26% Native American, 3.17% Asian, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

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