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Jackie Vezzoli 1979118 views Jacqueline (Jackie) Marie Vezzoli, age 79, of Hinckley, passed away on 4/19/2015 in her home, surrounded by family and friends.

Jacqueline was born on February 19, 1936 to Elias (Al) and Bess Kraft in Pierre, South Dakota. On June 16, 1956 she married H. Jake Vezzoli in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1964 they moved to Burnsville, MN their home for the next 37 years. She moved to Hinckley, MN in 2001. Jackie enjoyed family, sports, crosswords, traveling, gardening, baking and most importantly her grandchildren.

Her legacy includes always helping others including being one of the founders of the Armful of Love Christmas program.
Family Funways118 viewsThis small golf course and amusement park was located at 2100 West Highway 13.
95th and Lyndale in Bloomington117 viewsThis photo shows Lyndale Avenue around 1960.
A Burnsville Home in the 1970s117 viewsInterior photo of a Burnsville home, location not provided.
A plaque for Dolly (Dally) 117 viewsSeveral dozen residents from Crystal Lake gathered September 27, 1980 to dedicate a plaque to Oscar Dolly (correct spelling Dally) a life resident of the area and shop owner for 54 years. He died in 1977.
Burnsville Historical Society Newsletter April 2015117 viewsFrom time to time the Historical Society published a paper newsletter. Topics in this issue included:
A Ripping Good Story -The Reburial of Charlie McCarthy... guest speaker Larry Korteum at the groups April meeting.
Also, looking ahead to October, plans for the 2015 Ames Center exhibit.
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Billy Goat Bridge replica at Neill Park116 viewsNeill park, the Billy Goat bridge replica photo 2017 by M. P. Kelleher. From a 1991 memo.

October 15, 1991
Ed Kodet
Kodet Architectural Group Ltd 15 Groveland Terrace Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dear Ed,

As we discussed over the phone, the City would like to build a small footbridge in one of our parks that would resemble the historical landmark Billy Goat Bridge, which was torn down several years ago. Our concept is to have the basic support system for the footbridge made out of structural steel and then put on a facade of wood which would capture the essence of Billy Goat Bridge.

I have attached drawings showing what we are proposing. All the structural strength would come from the steel girders. The wooden post headers would be for appearance only. They would be attached to the bridge, but are not intended to be load bearing.

The bridge will be approximately 6 feet wide and would be for foot traffic only. It is not intended for use by cars or
motorcycles. A small utility cart would be the only vehicle which might go over it on a regular basis. Even that could be
eliminated if necessary or appropriate.

The City would like to have a structural engineer look at our design and determine if the structural elements, primarily the steel girders, are sufficient for our purposes. We are not looking for feedback on the aesthetic design, facade or non-load bearing elements.

I would appreciate it if you could have one of your structural engineers take a look at the design for us. If you have any questions or need some more information, please feel free to give me or Dave Grommesch, our landscape technician, a call.
Ted Seidel116 viewsTed Seidel began at Burnsville High School in 1965 and dedicated thirty-one years of his life there, teaching German and continuing his passion for the game of soccer, by developing and coaching the boys' soccer program. During his thirty-one years at Burnsville High School, he impacted the lives of countless students and athletes, and celebrated several unforgettable State Championship seasons with his players. He died October 7, 2015.
Archie Pickerign116 viewsArchie Pickerign - School District 191 Recreational Director. August 24, 1977 Burnsville Current.
Burnsville by air116 viewsCurrent context from Google Earth, looking NNE from 145th & Ewing. an overlay to a City of Burnsville photo.
Brookstone - Burnsville Center116 viewsLocated in the Mall in the 1980s, photo compliments of the Burnsville Center.
Eagan by air 1992116 viewsThe Dakota County Historical Society's Over the Years Magazine March 1992 included a feature story with aerials of various Dakota County Communities including Eagan.
Burnsville Name Belies That of Irish Founder115 viewsBy RALPH THORNTON
Mlnneapolis Star - November 26, 1963

High atop a windswept hill just south of the Minnesota River in Dakota County, in the cemetery he gave to his community, is the grave of William Byrne, early settler of Burnsville.

But what may make the old patriarch rest uneasily, according to his descendants, is that · his township today bears a Scottish name rather than one commemorating its Irish beginnings.

There are others who will stoutly maintain that Burns is also a good old Gaelic name.

Nearly every headstone in the old Mount Calvary cemetery there's a name such as Duffy, O'Brien, Dillon, Dempsey, Hanrahan, Gallagher and Murphy.

Burial Ground
From the burial ground one may look over the former Byrne Farm, another portion of which its owners gave for the settlements first Chapel, built logs in 1853.

Earlier, the first services have been celebrated in the Byrne home by father Ravoux, Noted missionary priest from Mendota.

The discrepancy and the spelling of the name of the town and that of its founder is due to a clerical error, said Mrs. Dorothy Byrne Benson. 127 W. Lake Street, enough is to live in great grandchildren. The other, John Byrne, resides in Phoenix Arizona.

Their family history states that William Bern, a native of County Kilkenny, Ireland, sailed to Montréal Canada about 1820. In 1853 he homesteaded near the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.

"The Township of Burnsville was then established", reads the story.
10 children

William Bern and his wife Julia had 10 children and many grandchildren. Their sons James, Daniel and John had 15, 10 and 10 children, respectively.

With so many Byrnes in the area, some added an "S" to their name to facilitate delivery of mail.

Later William Byrne moved to west St. Paul, where he died in 1877 at the age of 81.One of his grandsons was monsignor James C Bern, well-known St. Paul Catholic priest

Records in the Minnesota historical Society bear out details of this history,But referred to the family as "Burns."

The census of 1860 lists Burns, his wife and children as Burns. The history of Dakota County by Rev. Edward T Neill, states that "In 1853 William Burns and family came from CanadaAnd settled in the north west corner of town."

However, the history states that "early records of the town from its date organization until 1860 were destroyed. It kept at all. The first officers of the town did not appear. At the time of its organization that was named in honor of William Burns, father of several sons located in and adjoining the town.

At the first recorded town meeting, April 3, 1860, Thomas Burns, his son, was elected chairman, the book states period

And these historical records the family insists, the name Byrne seems to have been mistaken for Burns by official recorders. And this mistake gave the town its present name.

But it is Byrne on its founders tombstone in Mount Calvary Cemetery

Pat Connolly, Burnsville village clerk, said"I can remember when every house between Nichols Station (Cedar Avenue) and Savage as Irish." In that area lived the Ryans, Kennellys, O'Regans, Conroys, Kellehers and many others.

Whether Byrnesville or Burnsville, the Township, which plans to seek incorporation as a village soon, just wanted Minnesota's fastest growing communities.

Perhaps it's founder, William Byrne, would take pride in the flowering of the settlement he founded 110 years ago and forget the misspelling of his name.
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Clover Shopping Center 1960s115 viewsLocated at 98th and Lyndale, the opening of this shopping center provided a shopping outlet for Burnsville residents before the opening of Jet Plaza on Co. Rd. 5.
August 1879- Minne-Elk and Buck Hill story 2 pages115 viewsMemories of Buck Hill, Crystal Lake, Minne-Elk, published in 1879.
Memorial Day 2016115 viewsAn unidentified women visits the grave of a family member at St. John the Baptist Cemetery Memorial Day weekend 2016.
Cedar Avenue Bridge undated115 viewsAn early photo of the Cedar Avenue Bridge connecting Eagan/Burnsville with Bloomington area through Nicols.
Minnegasco Plant115 viewsMinnegasco Plant on the Minnesota River.
Lucky Twin Movie Theatre115 viewsLucky Twin, looking east.
Oscar Dally behind his house in Burnsville.114 viewsOscar's store was very close to the roadway, with just enough room for roadside parking. The house is set back (it still exists in 2016.) The house was restored beautifully, an addition added to the rear, while preserving the as-built portion to the east.
late 1920s or 1930s.
Treaty of Traverse de Sioux 1851114 viewsTREATY WITH THE SIOUX—SISSETON AND WAHPETON BANDS, 1851
July 23, 1851. | 10 Stats., 949. | Proclamation, Feb. 24. 1853.

Articles of a treaty made and concluded at Traverse des Sioux, upon the Minnesota River, in the Territory of Minnesota, on the twenty-third day of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-one, between the United States of America, by Luke Lea, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and Alexander Ramsey, governor and ex-officio superintendent of Indian affairs in said Territory, commissioners duly appointed for that purpose, and See-see-toan and Wah-pay-toan bands of Dakota or Sioux Indians.


It is stipulated and solemnly agreed that the peace and friendship now so happily existing between the United States and the aforesaid bands of Indians, shall be perpetual.


The said See-see-toan and Wah-pay-toan bands of Dakota or Sioux Indians, agree to cede, and do hereby cede, sell, and relinquish to the United States, all their lands in the State of Iowa; and, also all their lands in the Territory of Minnesota, lying east of the following line, to wit: Beginning at the junction of the Buffalo River with the Red River of the North; thence along the western bank of said Red River of the North, to the mouth of the Sioux Wood River; thence along the western bank of said Sioux Wood River to Lake Traverse; thence, along the western shore of said lake, to the southern extremity thereof; thence in a direct line, to the junction of Kampeska Lake with the Tchan-kas-an-data, or Sioux River; thence along the western bank of said river to its point of intersection with the northern line of the State of Iowa; including all the islands in said rivers and lake.


[Stricken out.]

In further and full consideration of said cession, the United States agree to pay to said Indians the sum of one million six

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hundred and sixty-five thousand dollars ($1,665,000,) at the several times, in the manner and for the purposes following, to wit:
1st. To the chiefs of the said bands, to enable them to settle their affairs and comply with their present just engagement; and in consideration of their removing themselves to the country set apart for them as above, which they agree to do within two years, or sooner, if required by the President, without further cost or expense to the United States, and in consideration of their subsisting themselves the first year after their removal, which they agree to do without further cost or expense on the part of the United States, the sum of two hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars, ($275,000):Provided, That said sum shall be paid to the chiefs in such manner as they, hereafter, in open council shall request, and as soon after the removal of said Indians to the home set apart for them, as the necessary appropriation therefor shall be made by Congress.
2d. To be laid out under the direction of the President for the establishment of manual-labor schools; the erection of mills and blacksmith shops, opening farms, fencing and breaking land, and for such other beneficial objects as may be deemed most conducive to the prosperity and happiness of said Indians, thirty thousand dollars, ($30,000.)
The balance of said sum of one million six hundred and sixty-five thousand dollars, ($1,665,000,) to wit: one million three hundred and sixty thousand dollars ($1,360,000) to remain in trust with the United States, and five per cent interest thereon to be paid, annually, to said Indians for the period of fifty years, commencing the first day of July, eighteen hundred and fifty-two (1852,) which shall be in full payment of said balance, principal and interest, the said payment to be applied under the direction of the President, as follows, to wit:
3d. For a general agricultural improvement and civilization fund, the sum of twelve thousand dollars, ($12,000.)
4th. For educational purposes, the sum of six thousand dollars, ($6,000.)
5th. For the purchase of goods and provisions, the sum of ten thousand dollars, ($10,000.)
6th. For money annuity, the sum of forty thousand dollars,($40,000.)


The laws of the United States, prohibiting the introduction and sale of spirituous liquors in the Indian country shall be in full force and effect throughout the territory hereby ceded and lying in Minnesota until otherwise directed by Congress or the President of the United States.

Rules and regulations to protect the rights of persons and property among the Indians, parties to this treaty, and adapted to their condition and wants, may be prescribed and enforced in such manner as the President or the Congress of the United States, from time to time, shall direct.

In testimony whereof, the said Commissioners, Luke Lea and Alexander Ramsey, and the undersigned Chiefs and Headmen of the aforesaid See-see-toan and Wah-pay-toan bands of Dakota or Sioux Indians, have hereunto subscribed their names and affixed their seals, in duplicate, at Traverse des Sioux, Territory of Minnesota, this twenty-third day of July, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-one.

L. Lea, [SEAL.]

Alex. Ramsey, [SEAL.]

Een-yang-ma-nee (Running Walker or “the Gun,”)

Wee-tchan-h' pee-ee-tay-toan, (the Star face or the “Orphan,”)

Ee-tay-wa-keen-yan, (“Limping Devil” or “Thunder Face,”)

Eesh-ta-hum-ba, (“Sleepy Eyes,”)

Oo-pee-ya-hen-day-a, (Extending his train,)

Hoak-shee-dan-wash-tay, (Good Boy,)

Ee-tay-tcho-ka, (Face in the midst,)

Hay-ha-hen-day-ma-za, (Metal Horn,)

Am-pay-too-sha, (Red Day,)

Eesh-ta-humba-koash-ka, (Sleepy Eyes young,)

A na-wang-ma-nee, (Who goes galloping on,)

Ma-h'pee-wee-tchash-ta, (Cloud man,)

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Tan-pa-hee-da, (Sounding Moccasin,)

Eenk-pa, (the upper end,)

Wee-yoa-kee-yay, (Standard,)

Wa-kan-man-nee, (Walking Spirit,)

Ee-tay-sha, (the one that reddens his face,)

Ta-ka-ghay, (Elk maker,)

Wa-ma-ksoon-tay, (“Walnut,” or Blunt headed arrow,)

Ma-za-sh'a, (Metal Sounding,)

Ya-shoa-pee, (The wind instrument,)

Noan-pa keen-yan, (Twice Flying,)

Wash-tay-da, (Good, a little,)

Wa-keen-yan-ho-ta, (Grey Thunder,)

Wa-shee-tchoon-ma-za, (Iron French man,)

Ta-pe-ta-tan-ka, (His Big fire,)

Ma-h'pee-ya-h'na-shkan-shkan, (Moving Cloud,)

Wa-na-pay-a, (The pursuer,)

Ee-tcha-shkan-shkan-ma-nee, (Who walks shaking,)

Ta-wa-kan-he-day-ma-za, (His Metal Lighthing,)

Ee-tay doo-ta, (Red Face,)

Henok-marpi-yahdi-nape, (Reappearing Cloud,)

Tchan-hedaysh-ka-ho-toan-ma-nee, (the moving sounding Harp)

Ma-zaku-te-ma-ni, (Metal walks shooting,)

A-kee-tchee-ta, (Standing Soldier.)

Signed in presence of Thomas Foster, Secretary. Nathaniel McLean, Indian Agent. Alexander Faribault, Stephen R. Riggs, Interpreters. A. S. H. White; Thos. S. Williamson; W. C. Henderson; A. Jackson; James W. Boal; W. G. Le Duc; Alexis Bailly; H. L. Dousman; Hugh Tyler.

To the Indian names are subjoined marks.

1st. The United States do hereby stipulate to pay the Sioux bands of Indians, parties to this treaty, at the rate of ten cents per acre, for the lands included in the reservation provided for in the third article of the treaty as originally agreed upon in the following words:


In part consideration of the foregoing cession, the United States do hereby set apart for the future occupancy and home of the Dakota Indians, parties to this treaty, to be held by them as Indian lands are held, all that tract of country on either side of the Minnesota River, from the western boundary of the lands herein ceded, east, to the Tchay-tam-bay River on the north, and to Yellow Medicine River on the south side, to extend, on each side, a distance of not less than ten miles from the general course of said river; the boundaries of said tract to be marked out by as straight lines as practicable, whenever deemed expedient by the President, and in such manner as he shall direct:” which article has been stricken out of the treaty by the Senate, the said payment to be in lieu of said reservation: the amount when ascertained under instructions from the Department of the Interior, to be added to the trust-fund provided for in the fourth article.
2d. It is further stipulated, that the President be authorized, with the assent of the said band of Indians, parties to this treaty, and as soon after they shall have given their assent to the foregoing article, as may be convenient, to cause to be set apart by appropriate landmarks and boundaries, such tracts of country without the limits of the cession made by the first [2d] article of the treaty as may be satisfactory for their future occupancy and home: Provided, That the President may, by the consent of these Indians, vary the conditions aforesaid if deemed expedient.
Gramsey history of Burnsville Township114 viewsHistory of BurnsvilleTwp.
By Mrs. Louis Gramsey

The reminiscence of events which have transpired in and about this neighborhood is very interesting, historically. There is a fascination in the study of the intermingled facts and fiction of the past, which is heightened by a familiarity with the localities mentioned.

“Speaking of the Minnesota River, which flows through our native village creates a new inter­est, when, in imagination, we see the Indians canoe on its surface and the skin-covered tepees on its banks, as in days of yore.”

Many of the folks of today can recall the stories of pioneers who have first settled in this terri­tory, of the log cabins, straw roofs and rude betterments from which villages, towns and cities sprang up.

Most of the pioneers of this ter­ritory came down from the North, which is now Canada, following the rivers wherever possible en­ countering not only the hardships of bitter cold winters and hostile Indians, but much sickness as well. The first settlement made was Mendota in 1824. It was a trading post of the American Fur Company.

General H. H. Sibley, who was a partner in this Fur Company of New York, arrived in Mendota and built the first stone store and residence in 1835. The stone structure still stands and is, at present, a home for a family who, perhaps, have been unable to find other living quarters.

One by one, families came mov­ing in and around Mendota and westward along Minnesota River.

The township of Burnsville, in the west end of the county, was settled in 1852 by one of the first settlers named William Byrnes. He and his five sons also came down from Canada. Thus this township acquired its name.

More of the first settlers who came about 1850, were the McCoys, Nixons, McDermotts, O’­Neils, Woodruffs and many more.

Perhaps many of you descend ants of these sturdy pioneers can close your eyes and picture in your minds this community a wilderness of tall trees and under-growth and inhabited by uncivil­ized red men. Visualize our fore­fathers moving by boats all their belongings and then unloading wherever possible to find places for building their future homes. Had it occurred to many of us in thought, what hardships those pioneers endured!

The township of Burnsville it­ self was definitely organized on May 11, 1858. Its boundaries are as follows: On the north, by the Minnesota River, east by Eagan and Lebanon townships, south by Lakeville township and west by Scott County.

As I said before, when the first settlers arrived, much of its landwas covered with timber, mostly what was known as oak openings. As the large timber was cut off, much of the thick undergrowth sprang up. Many fine farms are the results of the persevering in­dustry of our pioneers.

The drainage of the town was and still is, excellent, with the Minnesota river on. the north covering many acres during the rainy seasons. On the east, we have an irregular formed lake called Alimagnet, known now as Erler’s Lake.

In the southeast comer of the township lays a much larger lake. The Indians called it “Minnie Elk.” At the time, when the gov­ernment survey was made, its clear and shining surface led to its adoption of “Crystal Lake.” It covers about 600 acres and on the Southwest corner is a beautiful island of about twenty acres, known as “Maple Isle.”

When this country was the home of the “red man” this lake was a great resort for deer as well as the Indian and according to the earliest settlers, (picture this) large bands of red men pitched their tepees on the shores to fish and hunt. At the west end of the lake is a high hill, an elevation of about three hundred feet, which was named “Buck Hill.”

Then the district was organized, and comprised of the whole town of Burnsville having the follow­ing officers: Clerk, Pat Lynch, director and treasurer, John Mc­Coy. This building served the purpose till 1867, when a new building of lumber was constructed on the C. O’Neil farm.

In 1862 this district was numbered 16, when by an act of the state legis­lature all the districts of the state were renumbered. The new of­ficers of district 16 then were: Pat Moran, director, Mr. Welch, treas­urer, and P. Foley, as clerk. In District 15, their first school was built on the Thomas Hogan farm and later a frame building was replaced in 1879 with John T. De­laney as director, T. O’Regan, treasurer and Michael Coffey as clerk.

The first church, built of logs and begun in 1854, was completed in 1855. It comprised of ten fami­lies under the ministration of Father McMannis.

After Father McMannis came Father Fischer and during his ministry, a parsonage was erected of lumber and during Father Stevens ministry, a new church was begun nearby the present Burnsville cemetery.

There were no records of the town politically, if any kept, until 1860 when the first meeting of organization was held April 3 at the house of James Kearney. The following officers were elect­ed: Thomas Burns, chairman, for whom the township was named; Thomas Hogan and Patrick Har­kins, supervisors, and Michael In 1854 when Francis Newel land his family came from Chi­cago, he homesteaded near Crys­tal Lake, now the Holman farm.

The Butlers, having homesteaded in 1856. Pat Harkins settled near Lake Earley, now known as the Clarence Nelson farm and W. Connelly, clerk. Earley, where Wallace Day now lives. McDermott once owned the farm now occupied by Earl Swan­ son and Walshs homesteaded on the southeast end of Crystal Lake, now owned by Fischer brothers.

I could go on naming many more settlers who came and homesteaded in those early days, such as the Fitzgibbons, Lynchs, Gallaghers, Hayes, Keneallys and scores of others.

With these early pioneers came the desires not only the thoughts of schools, but religious services as well. The first services was held in the home of Wm. Byrnes 1853 by Father Ravoux, then a Priest at Mendota.

The first child born was Kate Kearney, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kearney, in 1854. The first mar­riage united was James Lynn to Ellen Rowan in 1856. The first death was Mr. O’Hara, father of Mrs. John McCoy, in 1854 and the second was'Francis Newell. Both men were buried in a little grave on the top of what was known as Tepee Hill, later called Burnsville cemetery.

The first school was taught in the home of John McCoy by John Mullen in 1856. In the meantime, a log schoolhouse was erected on a corner of Mr. McCoy’s land and in 1857 school was taught by Andrew Carberry.

A special town meeting was called June 20, 1860 and a tax of $100 was voted for current ex­penses of the town. It was at this meeting, S. Newell was elect­ ed postmaster and Patrick Hynes, assessor.
The first road established in the town was the old territorial road known as the St. Paul and Shakopee road opened about 1853. The first town road opened south from the center of section 15, bearing southeast to Crystal Lake and leaving the town from Section 32 was known as Lakeville and Shakopee road.

The first railroad was chartered as the Minnesota Valley railroad company March 4, 1864. This construction from St. Paul to St. James was completed in 1870. This is now known as the Omaha railroad.

The first store was built in 1872 and owned by John Berrisford. Its site was at the junction of St. Paul, Shakopee and Lakeville Shakopee roads.

The first and only hotel called “Lakeside Hotel” was operated by Lewis Judd at Crystal Lake on the north shore on what was known as the Newell estate. His home, then opened to excursionists and travellers, still stands and is now the home of Mrs. Ella Holman.
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Apple Valley by air 1992114 viewsThe Dakota County Historical Society's Over the Years Magazine March, 1992 included a feature story with aerials of various Dakota County Communities including Apple Valley.
Xcel Energy to make over Black Dog power plant in Burnsville113 viewsThe Minneapolis utility plans to fully convert the power station from coal to natural gas by 2016, meaning the landmark smokestack now on the site would be demolished.
Xcel Energy formally asked Minnesota regulators Tuesday for permission to retire the last two coal-burning units at its 59-year-old Black Dog power plant in Burnsville and replace them with modern natural gas turbines.
The plan would more than double the electrical output of the plant from 253 megawatts to 700 megawatts and cost about $600 million, Xcel officials said.
The utility first signaled its intent in August to convert the aging plant, a move cheered by environmentalists and public health advocates.
People won’t see quite as much coming out of the stack. The reports we get downwind from Black Dog were that people would get ash settling on their vehicles,” said Robert Moffitt, spokesman for the American Lung Association in Minnesota.
The plant, built in 1952 with a single coal-burning unit, evolved over the decades. By 1960, it had four coal units, but in 2002, two of those units were decommissioned, plant director Tom Fallgren said.
Xcel installed the first of its natural gas-burning turbines then and it used the steam exhaust from that turbine to power another turbine kept from one of the decommissioned coal units, Fallgren said.
If approved, Minneapolis-based Xcel next year would tear down the last two coal units and begin construction on a natural gas facility in 2013.
The facility would have two combustion cycle turbines to produce power. A third turbine will be fed by the steam produced by the gas-burning units, Fallgren said.
The facility would employ 300 construction workers over the project period and come online in 2016, Xcel officials said.
The Black Dog plant work is similar to the utility’s recent makeover of its High Bridge and Riverside plants in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Both were aging coal-burning plants that were torn down and replaced with cleaner burning natural gas.
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