The City of Lawrence

A Pictorial Essay

by J.F. Devlin, Dept. of Geology, University of Kansas

Last updated Aug. 17, 2019

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In 1863 Lawrence was burned to the ground by raiders who supported slavery. Luckily, they don't do that anymore.

Once in a while the mighty Kansas River (left) floods. The cement teepee (right) is a landmark that shows how deep the flood waters got back in '35 and '51.

In 2003 Lawrence was hit by a tornado. Don't know how that happened, but Chenney says it wasn't due to global warming.

Thanks to these character building experiences, Lawrence is now protected by a fine levee (left) and is home to many non-flammable, wind resistant, buildings (right).

Bottom line is, a lot of years go by between disasters in Lawrence. So, we don't worry much about them here. Besides, we have accumulated a lot of churches over the years, which can't hurt.

Lawrence has lots of character. It is a University town with a feeling of vitality and a great little downtown.

There is culture. Well, color at least.

There is enough basketball to satisfy anyone's need.

And there is spirit.

There is the high ground (in case the levee fails, or you feel like studying).

There is the low ground (in case of drought and extreme thirst).

There are brick roads - this is Kansas after all. Note that the yellows have been replaced with earth tones.

Lawrence is a little midwest treasure. If you doubt it, look up; X marks the spot.

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