On Dec. 9, 1898, the Lawrence Journal reporting on the first sanitary convention ever held in Kansas which was meeting in the city. One of the papers delivered was KU professor Bailey regarding water sources in the state. The Journal noted: "He spoke of the sources of water as not being as good as in some eastern states on account of difference in soil. Thirty-one cities in Kansas derive their water supply from wells, nineteen from rivers, six from artesian wells, and five from rivers and wells combined. The latter, which is Lawrence's method is probably the safest and gives the best results."
-- Courtesy Watkins Community Museum