Village of Lannon

Click the image to learn more. This 1904 image taken at the Lake Shore Stone Quarry in Lannon illustrates a cross-section of the rock and limestone for which the village is known.

The Village of Lannon is a small community in northeastern Waukesha County incorporated in 1930.[1] As of the 2010 census the village had a population of 1,107.[2]

Lannon is located on the Niagara Escarpment, a geographic feature that stretches across the Great Lakes region and contains a significant amount of limestone.[3] The first limestone quarry in Waukesha County was opened in the Lannon area in 1838.[4] The village’s quarries attracted Italian, Polish, and German immigrants, many of whom were skilled stone cutters.[5] From the nineteenth century through the twentieth century, Lannon’s limestone was very popular in the construction of homes across the region. It was also burned in kilns to make quicklime, a main component of whitewash. Since World War II limestone from Lannon has been utilized for the construction of churches and landscaping throughout the Midwest.[6]

The Village’s fire department, which was a volunteer unit until its formal incorporation in 1917, consolidated with Village of Menomonee Falls’ department in 2015. Lannon’s police department is a part-time unit, assisted by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.[7]

Footnotes [+]

  1. ^ Michael R. Reilly, “Lannon History—After Incorporation 1930-1959,” Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc., accessed April 10 2012.
  2. ^ American Fact Finder, “Lannon Village Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010,” accessed April 10 2012,
  3. ^ Ruth Schmidt, “Lannon and Its Quarries,” Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, accessed April 10 2012.
  4. ^ Schmidt, “Lannon and Its Quarries.”
  5. ^ Schmidt, “Lannon and Its Quarries.”
  6. ^ Halquist Stone, “Our History,”, accessed April 10 2012.
  7. ^ The Village of Lannon website, accessed October 15, 2018; The Village of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin website, accessed October 15, 2018.

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