Inside JCPRD: Latinos and the railroads in Johnson County

This photo from the 1930s shows a railroad section crew working on tracks near Lenexa. Courtesy Lenexa Historical Society: https://jocohistory.org/digital/collection/lhs/id/2503/rec/90

By Johnson County Museum Intern Ryanne Pritchard

Latinos have a long history in Johnson County, Kansas. From the early 1800s on, Latinos have had a presence on the county’s landscape. What brought Latinos, especially Mexican immigrants, to the area? The Johnson County Museum’s Emerging Museum Professional, Ryanne Pritchard, an intern through UMKC’s Public History program, has researched to uncover more of the story for National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 annually).