About Lawson

Life in Lawson

Lawson is located 40 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. This community of 2,300 offers the perfect small town environment with all the basic amenities. The community offers a lumber yard, two banks, hair salons, accountants and tax services, insurance companies, dog groomer, restaurants and drinking establishments, a gym, gas stations and convenience stores, pharmacy with soda fountain, tanning salons, health care professionals, fast food establishments, real estate offices, veterinarian and animal hospital, auction service, retail shops, auto repair businesses, investment counselor, feed/agricultural store, a weekly newspaper, car washes, etc.

Lawson has homes for most budgets and most lifestyles. From new homes to nice newer apartments to senior housing and retirement or assisted living — Lawson has it all. Just look at your choices: older houses for the budget minded, restore beauties from the past, contemporary stylings, new homes and country estates.

Lawson R-XIV School District is a National Blue Ribbon School

The school district consists of approximately 93 square miles in northwest Missouri. The majority of the district is located in Ray County, with portions in Clinton and Clay counties. The population of the district is approximately 8,000. With a location of less than 20 miles from the greater Kansas City area, the Lawson community has become a suburban retreat for the city and continued modest yearly growth is projected.

The district offers:
• Southwest Elementary, serving Early Childhood Special Education through grade 4;
• Middle School, serving grades 5 through 8
• High School, serving grades 9 through 12
• At Risk and Alternative School Programs
• Air Conditioned Classrooms
• District Administrative Office
• Parents as Teachers Facility
• Community Library
• State of the Art Performing Arts Center
• AAA Classification

Our Rich History

Lawson is located in the northwest corner of historic Ray County, the mother of Northwest Missouri. It is home to Lawson Bank, the oldest bank in Ray County, and The Lawson Review, the oldest newspaper in Ray County.

Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site
It took Waltus Watkins nearly half a century to build his home estate and small community. Included in the 3,600 acres was an elegant home, three-story woolen mill, fruit-drying shed, smokehouse, brick kiln, sawmill, gristmill, and acres of well tended orchards and croplands. A brick schoolhouse and church are also in the vicinity. Many of the original buildings have been restored, and livestock and plants re-introduced to create an 1870s farm. During summer months, the site’s Living History Farm Program offers visitors the chance to watch an 1870’s family live, work and play. Tours are given of the Watkins home and Watkins Woolen Mill. The mill is a National Historic Landmark and is the only 19th century textile mill in the county with its original machinery still intact. The visitor center offers an introduction to the Watkins family and their many business ventures.

Looking for leisure activities after work or over the weekend?

Lawson offers your choice: baseball and softball provided by the Lawson Baseball and Softball Association at the Lawson Cardinal Sports Complex; soccer provided by the Lawson Cardinal Soccer Club; fishing and disc golf at the Lawson City Lake, a city swimming pool, an 18-hole, par 72 golf course at Hidden Valley Golf Course, Farmer’s Market, and nearby zip line. Opening spring 2020 is an RV Park at the Lawson City Lake.

In addition, Lawson is 10 minutes from historic downtown Excelsior Springs, home to the historic Elms Hotel and Spa, Slightly Off Broadway Theatre and Hall of Waters Museum, art galleries and more.

There are a number of reasons to enjoy small town living, some of which include:
• No traffic jams;
• More square footage for your money;
• Long lines don’t exist;
• You’re probably friends with local officials;
• You can actually see the stars in the sky;
• Everybody really does know your name;
• You can actually afford to dine out;
• Two words … peace and quiet;
• It’ harder to get lost;
• Small towns are truly “family”.

We are proud of the Lawson Community!