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Situated nineteen miles east of downtown Kansas City, Blue Springs was organized as part of Jackson County in 1827, and named for the springs that took on a blue color in the light. The town’s settlement was concentrated on the area of the springs until the Chicago and Alton Railroad built a station about a mile east of the original settlement in 1878, after which the town became centered around the rail station. Franklin Smith, an early settler, was a leading figure in the town’s early development, establishing the community’s first post office in 1845, and naming the town. Blue Springs was incorporated in 1880, even before the incorporation of Kansas City. Blue Springs is accessed by I-70, US Highway 40, and Missouri Route 7, as well as the Adams Dairy Parkway. Blue Springs is east of Lake Tapawingo, north of Lake Lotawana, and west of Grain Valley. Blue Springs is home to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.


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