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Did You Know: The original effort to purchase property for what is now Shawnee Mission Park was led by a bona fide World War I hero?
John Barkley, for whom the visitor center and the main road in Shawnee Mission Park are named, was the park district’s first superintendent during its developing years from 1958 to 1963. He was a natural leader in many aspects of his life; for example, he is the only Congressional Medal of Honor winner to call Johnson County home, having won the medal for action in World War I.

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