To the editor:
How many people knew that the main street to Lawrence from Eudora was 15th Street? Highway 10 and 23rd Street were just a road back then. In 1931, my folks and I came from Wellsville to Lawrence, and that was the main road at that time. Back then, all main roads went down the main street of town. We went through Eudora and up the River Bottom Road. Some of that stretch of road is still just like it was in 1931 except it has a little rock now.
Fifteenth Street would relieve a lot of traffic on 23rd Street if it was upgraded like Noria Road. The people that live in northwest Lawrence would use that road, instead of Iowa to 23rd Street. Highway 10 was built in 1934 from Lawrence to Kansas City. A northeast loop should have been planned many years ago.
We should not forget the flood of 1951. It could happen again. We cannot control nature. Glen Miller and I ran a boat from the Eudora Wakarusa River bridge to what was then the "Tin Tavern Hill" just above Noria Road. We took people that worked at Sunflower Ordnance Plant, so they could get to and from work. We took the mail from Eudora to Lawrence by boat. That whole bottom was flooded.
It would be great help if our city commissioners would work on the 15th Street upgrade to Noria Road. Take a trip down Noria Road; you will like it.