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Terry Love, vice president of the Monticello Community Historical Society, points to the California Road on a historical map of Johnson County. The road ran through what is now downtown Shawnee and west through Monticello toward Lawrence.

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Quantrill's Shawnee raids were 'practice for the big one'

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