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A Quick History of Bonner Springs, KS
The Chouteau brothers were among the first settlers to trek the land off of the Missouri River in the modern-day area of Bonner Springs. Their goal when they traveled the Missouri River from St. Louis was to establish a trading post in the frontier acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. After the post was established, the brothers initiated a ferry that crossed the Kansas River and was ran by an Indian interpreter named Tiblow. The original name of the area was Tiblow Settlement. Once commerce started to grow, 300 acres were purchased in 1885 by Philo Clark to capitalize off of the potential development. He renamed the area Bonner Springs after Robert Bonner, a man in New York who Clark hoped would invest in his development ideas and the many natural springs around the area. The town was eventually incorporated in 1898 and Clark was the first mayor. A major fire in 1908 destroyed up to 21 businesses which the townspeople had to undertake the cost of repairing.
Despite the setback, the town continued to grow and saw its largest margin of growth in the 1960s. Large businesses and attractions have gone in over the years as the city grew to be part of three different counties. There are now approximately 7,300 residents on the city’s 16 square miles. Plenty of parks and recreation, retail, and affordable housing options keep the small town feel with the convenience of the city. Accessibility to Kansas City and surrounding areas via 7 Highway, 32 Highway, and Interstate 70 make Bonner Springs a nice place to live and commute from. The city also hosts several thousand visitors a year who come to see concerts at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater or shop and eat at the Renaissance Festival in the fall.
The Fireplaces and Chimneys of Bonner Springs, KS
BY ROBERT BERRY, OWNER OF FULL SERVICE CHIMNEY
Bonner Spring, Kansas, one of the first communities settled in Kansas, has many homes well over 100 years old. Recent developments have grown the city, giving Bonner Springs turn of the century charm housing with all of the amenities of a modern small town metropolitan city. The fireplaces and chimneys span the designs of old and new alike.
New or rustic, Full Service Chimney is a friend to hearth lovers in Bonner Springs
Wood burning fireplaces and wood stoves for heating and cooking were the focus of the early homes in this community rich with history. The chimneys in Bonner were of a traditional masonry design, either with the brickwork rich in earth tones or that utilized the stones locally available. Although the turn of the century charm of these fireplaces and chimneys are appealing, modern use of the hearth appliances is only possible if they undergo a restoration to ensure a safe and functional operative statice.
New developments (1950-2000) have wood burning and gas fireplaces with designs common to most of the mid-west. It is important to keep up with the maintenance requirements of these aging units.
Wood or gas, the choice is yours
Restoration of these older fireplaces and chimneys is an ongoing process. Some homes have undergone extensive remodeling in order to keep the elderly chimney untouched. The outdated fireplace is every bit as much of a target for a makeover as any kitchen or bath. Full Service Chimney is well versed in restoring these hearths to a fresh look as well as restoring safety and performance to make the hearth and chimney are a long-lasting amenity to the home.
Cleanings and Evaluations
Options for service and restoration can transform your fireplace into a welcome gathering area for friends and family alike. Restoration or maintenance is a common service Full Service chimney offers to the homes and hearths of Bonner Springs. An evaluation and chimney sweeping are frequently all that is needed to set a Bonner Springs fireplace up for another year of service. However, without an inspection, safe use of a system is left to chance. To ensure “fire stays in its place”, schedule a service call today with one of our friendly technicians.
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Because many of the fireplaces and chimneys are of an age that they require a restorative service, this is the perfect opportunity to convert the hearth to a modern appliance that many families with busy lifestyles prefer. Our Full Service Chimney techs can review the options that will make a plain fireplace into the tasteful focus piece of any room in your home. Allow Full Service Chimney to help you make it a warm and safe one. Call soon, winter is coming.
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