Inside JCPRD: J.C. Nichols & Johnson County

The Frank E. Jones-Russell Stover Mansion, built in 1924, was among the largest homes the J.C. Nichols Company built in Mission Hills, Kansas. Johnson County Museum.

Written by the Johnson County Museum

Jesse Clyde “J.C.” Nichols was a visionary who epitomized the postwar suburban neighborhood developer. Born in Olathe on Aug. 23, 1880, Nichols moved away from Johnson County for his schooling and never again lived on the Kansas side of the state line. He settled in Kansas City, Mo. in 1904, and immediately began developing real estate.