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Merriam in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Community of Excellence

Merriam Historic Plaza Walking Path

 
 
Community of Excellence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2011
1. Community of Excellence Marker
Inscription.
Today, Merriam is a vibrant community boasting a mix of commercial, industrial, and residential districts. Merriam residents enjoy established neighborhoods, diverse cultures, a full range of municipal services, plentiful parks, and strong community pride. A sound infrastructure, nationally ranked schools, affordable cost of living, and superb health-care provide citizens a wonderful quality of life.

Businesses seeking office and industrial space are fortunate that Merriam remains a leader in Northeast Johnson County with its prime location and competitive leasing rates.

Merriam is home to a wide range of businesses, from offices of major corporations to small, family owned storefonts. Predominantly automotive in the past, Merriam's downtown underwent a renovation in 2005 and now attacts businesses of all types, including retail, arts and culture, restaurants, and offices. Merriam Town Center is one of the largest redevelopment projects in the state of Kansas.

Visitors to Merriam find convenience in highway accessibility, afforable and accommodating hotels, dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Two new retail developments, Merriam Pointe and Merriam Village, will offer visitors and residents additional shopping choices. Merriam offers an array of options for hosting meetings, conferences, and events.
Merriam Historic Plaza Walking Path image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Merriam Historic Plaza Walking Path
Looking east
Leisure travelers will also find our guest services and hospitality second to none.

Merriam's "live, work, and play" philosophy, packaged with the small-town spirit and friendliness found only in the Midwest, makes our city a desirable place to visit, start a business or raise a family. Merriam...Just Right!

About the Images
Hocker Grove Home -

Pictured is one of seventeen stone homes built during R.W. Hocker's development of Hocker Grove.

Farmer's Market -
One of Merriam's most popular summer attractions, residents shop for fresh produce, arts and crafts and baked goods. Located in historic downtown Merriam.

Downtown Merriam Historic District -
Merriam's downtown is home to historic buildings, unique shops, service businesses, restaurants and beautiful parks.

Quail Creek Park -
The Park was created in 2002 as a result of the largest storm water management project in Johnson County history. Thirty-three homes were purchased and demolished, the structures were replaced by the Neighborhood Park.

Did you know?
Over 300,000 vehicles pass through Merriam daily along I-35 corridor and many other major thoroughfares.
 
Erected 2006 by City of Merriam. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Location.
Hocker Grove Home Photo on Community of Excellence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
3. Hocker Grove Home Photo on Community of Excellence Marker
Courtesy of City of Merriam
39° 0.875′ N, 94° 41.393′ W. Marker is in Merriam, Kansas, in Johnson County. Touch for map. Marker is at the Merriam Visitors Bureau, near Exit #228B of Interstate 35, and immediately southwest of the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway (US 56) and Eby Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6304 East Frontage Road, Mission KS 66202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Firsts (here, next to this marker); Incorporation of Merriam (a few steps from this marker); Merriam Park (a few steps from this marker); The South Park Community (a few steps from this marker); Education in Merriam (a few steps from this marker); The Bear Pit (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trolley Line & Hocker Grove Amusement Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Merriam Park & George Kessler (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merriam.
 
Also see . . .
1. About Merriam, Kansas. (Submitted on December 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Merriam's Loomis Historic District National Register Nomination. (Submitted on December 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Merriam Farmers' Market Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2011
4. Merriam Farmers' Market Pavilion
Do You Know? on Community of Excellence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, undated
5. Do You Know? on Community of Excellence Marker
Photo courtesy of City of Merriam
Merriam Visitors Bureau Sign on Shawnee Mission Parkway image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Merriam Visitors Bureau Sign on Shawnee Mission Parkway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on December 16, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   6. submitted on September 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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