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A Quick History of Blue Springs, MO
The Little Blue River that provided westward traveling settlers with clean water was the attraction, and namesake, of establishing Blue Springs, Missouri. Franklin Smith was a leader in the territory and helped establish a post office in 1845. A railroad station was built one mile outside of town by the Chicago and Alton railroad in 1878. The townspeople wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to prosper from the potential business the railroad would bring and moved the center to be close to the station. Blue Springs became incorporated in 1880. During that time, there were only 129 residents. Blue Springs now lies on 22 square miles 19 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City. Due to its location, highways, and urban sprawl, the city saw a huge influx of people between 1970 and 1990, increasing the population by over 33,000 people. Today there are an estimated 55,000 residents living in Blue Springs. The city boasts several schools, parks, and public amenities as well as major retail and corporate development.
The Chimneys and Fireplaces of Blue Springs, MO
BY ROBERT BERRY, OWNER OF FULL SERVICE CHIMNEY
Convenient, and comfortable brings families to Blue Springs
Blue Springs, Missouri is the most eastern metropolis of the Kansas City metro with a population of over 50,000. Much of this city growth occurred from 1950 through 1980, making the medium age of the dwellings in excess of 40 years old. The homes and businesses of this period were constructed much in the same design and materials as the rest of the Kansas City’s metro. Masonry chimneys and wood burning fireplaces were the predominate hearth and venting systems of this time. Factory-built fireplaces (pre-fabs) were gained popularity in the 1970s and the freestanding wood stoves that harkened back to the first half of the century yielded to traditional central heating gas appliances.
Even well-built chimneys need FSC to stay that way
Blue Springs first benefited from the close proximity of the railroad and later to the interstate I-70. This convenience of transportable resources influenced the availability of modern construction materials from the city’s very beginning. Chimneys and fireplaces are in abundance in many of the homes. The majority of the homes, regardless of size, have a cozy hearth enjoyed by the occupants. As with most cities in the metro, as chimneys and fireplaces age, so do the concerns of deterioration.
Consider adjusting the use of your fireplace to match your lifestyle
The options available for fireplace enjoyment today are many. A Blue Springs home with a traditional fireplace does not have stay wood burning if that is no longer the lifestyle of the occupants. Gas log fireplaces are a popular choice and can be enjoyed by those who want to have a quick fire to take the chill off. Gas hearth appliances can be as simple as a set of gas logs in a functional wood burning fireplace, or the installation of a gas insert with its remote control and 10,000s of BTU of heat. An additional benefit to these direct-vent gas fireplaces is that most of them produce an ample supply of heat even during power failures.
When is the last time your fireplace has been cleaned?
The chimneys and fireplaces of Blue Springs are of an age where annual maintenance is a necessity. Many Blue Springs visits are to discuss the options available for fireplace remodeling and needed chimney repair. In order to guard against a flue falling into disrepair or an unsafe accumulation of creosote build up, threatening a chimney fire, allow your friends at Full Service Chimney to evaluate and service the chimneys and their fireplaces so all your hearth moments are enjoyable. A service call can begin the process of making your fireplace the hearth of your dreams.
Full Service Chimney has served Blue Springs for 30 years
Moments with friends and family are made better when a safe and warm fireplace is part of the gathering. Regardless of your home’s fireplace hearth needs, Full Service Chimney is ready to assist in making your home’s hearth and chimneys safe and functional.
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