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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SHAWNEE DISPATCH: Remembering Monticello Township's History

Long before being annexed by the cities of Shawnee and Lenexa- there was the Monticello Township that covered a considerable area of northern Johnson County KS.

Heck- I even remember their fire department being dispatched on calls in the 1970's!

The SHAWNEE DISPATCH has a nice story on the historic township that was established in the mid-19th Century and didn't totally disappear until annexations by established JoCo cities until 2006.

2 comments:

Superdave said...

A member of the dept I was on his Dad was the Chief at Monticello.
Then another member of our dept moved out there and well some sort of a power struggle took place and the Chief was booted and the guy who moved out there was made the new Chief.

Ahhhhh firehouse politics how I do remember that BS.

But of note if I remember correct Monticello dept was the first fire dept in the metro area to get what was called the high pressure fog pumper unit.That baby would strip the shingles off a roof in one pass or rip a hay bale to shreds in seconds. Great idea that had it's place just never really seem to catch on.

Groucho K. Marx said...

SD wrote:

"...Monticello dept was the first fire dept in the metro area to get what was called the high pressure fog pumper unit."

They were certainly ahead of their time then!