Welcome from the Mayor

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the City of Raytown, Missouri, a crossroads community nestled minutes away from Kansas City, conveniently located close to the Truman Sports Complex and major  highways. We are home to the historic Rice-Tremonti Home, Raytown Historical Society & Museum, and Cave Spring Park. As Mayor and a life-long resident, I speak from first-hand experience when I say Raytown has much to offer. It is appealing to business owners, families and people of diverse backgrounds. In this directory, I hope you will find the information you are looking for, but more importantly, be inspired to join the Chamber, if you are not already a member, or be inspired to get more involved with this great organization and our community.

Founded in 1950, Raytown is 10 square miles and just minutes away from the Kansas City metropolitan area. We are close to many main roads and highways that run through or near our city. All roads lead to Raytown. Affordability, jobs/employment rates, diversity and committed residents and business owners make Raytown a great place to work and live. These attributes have created a unique combination of community identity, spirit and cooperation and have helped make Raytown an attractive and desirable residential and business location.

People are Raytown’s strongest asset. Our residents and business owners are talented, strong- willed and kind. They are very involved in the community. Volunteerism is alive and well here. There are many ways for you and your family to be involved. Maybe you’d like to join one of the many organizations around town that make this a great community. Organizations to consider include Raytown Rotary Club, Raytown Kiwanis, Raytown Arts Council, Raytown Main Street Association, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and the many youth sports through the Raytown Parks Dept., Shepherds Center for senior citizens, the Raytown Masonic Lodge, and the Knights of Columbus.

If you are a business owner, the Raytown Chamber is a great way to network with other business owners. Your Chamber will keep you updated on how you can participate and support Raytown’s events and longstanding traditions like the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, Senior Celebration and the Eggstravaganza. The Chamber is also a great resource in growing your business.

The Chamber is also a wonderful resource for economic development, tourism, and events. In 2021, Raytown celebrated with Jackson County and the Chamber the grand opening of the Rock Island Trail. Stretching 3.3 miles through Raytown, it has added exposure as well as an economic return: For every  $1 invested in infrastructure improvements, we anticipate $3 return in economic impact, according to    Jackson County.

New businesses like Gnarly Hussle, D’Luxe Silhouettes, and mainstays like the many restaurants, small  businesses as well as our award-wining microbrewery Crane Brewing and nationally ranked barbecue spot Harp BBQ have also garnered Raytown with more visitors and attention.

But probably the biggest draw in 2021 was Raytown’s Festival of the Trails. Hundreds of people packed    Rice-Tremonti Home, Cave Spring, Raytown Historical Society & Museum, Raytown Christian Church, Crane Brewing, and the free concert on the greenspace to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail and Missouri’s Bicentennial.

Raytown is getting attention – we must continue moving forward. We can’t stop the momentum.

I am proud of our city and what it offers. I consider it my privilege to be your Mayor.

On behalf of the Board of Aldermen, City Staff and approximately 30,000 residents, we recognize everyone’s continued dedication and service for the betterment of our community. Please visit our website,  raytown.mo.us to learn more. It is vitally important to have our residents, as well as our businesses, be part of making our city the best place to live, work and play. God Bless.

Sincerely,

Mayor Mike McDonough

 

 



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10000 E. 59th Street

(816) 737-6000

www.raytown.mo.us

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History

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Raytown began as a Santa Fe Trail stop just eight miles south of Independence, and is probably the second oldest town in Jackson County.  Prior to the 1820’s when Pioneers began to settle in the area, it was a part of the land possessed by the Osage Indians.  After the Indians left this area, Jackson County was organized in Read more…



Local Attractions

Raytown is a community with plenty to do and to see for all ages. A few of the highlights of attractions in Raytown include...