Grandview is a city in Johnson County. It was founded in the 1850s, when a general store was established. Its supplies were drawn from Houston when one time, a visitor exclaimed, “What a grand view!” The statement gave the settlement its name. By 1860, the townsite was platted and a building was constructed, which served as a Masonic lodge and a school just before the Civil War. The first mill in the county was built in Grandview; it served as a center for area farmers. A catastrophic fire hit the town and destroyed almost thirty businesses and a hundred homes. However, the town managed to overcome its damages in 1920. Grandview’s school district became one of the state’s best school districts in 2016. As of 2018, its population was 1,753.
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