Paola in Miami County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
City Hall Fire Bell
When a fire was reported, first a general alarm was sounded. The bell then rang the number of times that corresponded to the district where the fire was burning. Firefighters rushed to that area in search of the fire.
Paola, incorporated in 1855 by the First Kansas Territorial Legislature, is one of Kansas' oldest cities. Originally used as a "lock up and morgue", the City Hall property at Peoria and Agate has been owned by the city since 1873.
Washburn & Sons Architects designed the current City Hall, which cost $9,905 to build in 1909. The bell was erected in the cupola.
After many years of service, the Fire Bell was replaced first by a siren and then by a special telephone party line that the switchboard operator used to alert firefighters. The Fire Bell was restored on this site in 2004.
Thanks to Doherty Ornamental Iron and Wilson & Son Funeral Home for donations to the restoration.
Location. 38° 34.347′ Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 East Peoria Street, Paola KS 66071, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paola Veterans' Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baptiste & Mary Ann Peoria (about 600 feet away); Miami County History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miami County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Original Land Office (approx. 6.4 miles away); The Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 6.4 miles away); John Brown Country (approx. 6.4 miles away); Land Office (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Paola.
More about this marker. This marker is on the City Hall property on the east side along Agate Street. There is plenty of parking across Peoria Street.
Also see . . .
1. City of Paola. Offical website to the City of Paola, Kansas. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Kansas Bogus Legislature. This link details the history and laws enacted of the First Kansas Territorial Legislature. (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. Buckeye Bell Foundry. Some added information about the "Buckeye Bell Foundry" history with some photos. (Submitted on August 20, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 763 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.