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What is now the city of Grandview, in Jackson County, Missouri, began as a farming community known as Anderson District, named for John Anderson, who owned a general store in the area. In the late 1800s, a post office was established at Anderson’s store, at which time the name of Grandview was chosen. As a young man in the early 1900s, a young Harry S. Truman spent fourteen years of his life on his family’s 600-acre farm in Grandview. During his time there, Truman helped to organize the Grandview Masonic Lodge #618, and served as road overseer after his father’s death. He also served on the local school board, and as postmaster in 1915. In 1912, Grandview became a railroad division point and terminal for the Kansas City Southern Railroad. Grandview is situated along Interstate 49, which is also US Highway 71. Longview Lake is northeast of Grandview and, beyond that, Lees Summit. Overland Park and Lenexa are northwest of Grandview.


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