Letters to the Editor

15th St. potential

October 5, 2007


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.

Cletis Converse,



ralphralph 10 years, 8 months ago

You tell 'em, Cletis!

You might be onto something there ... no need to buy the right-of-way, etc. Still think we need the SLT built to link to new US50 and K-10, but every little bit would help. ... and the county could do that now.

trinity 10 years, 8 months ago

him&glenn miller?? wow, who'd a'thunk big band music was alive&well out on 15th street in those days! :)

just kidding. i really like cletis' point&think that it should be heeded!

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 10 years, 8 months ago

Only problem is our commissioners are idiots. Thank you, Lynn

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 8 months ago

Does Lawrence even have a 15th Street? Don't they call it B... B-B-B... B-B....

( I can't even bring myself to say it; "15th" was so much more elegant. )

[... and, while on the topic of elegance, LJW, could I just "opt out" of the deCapitalization feature? Not only are my properly capitalized "B"s demoted, but even my self-referential pronoun is lowercase. Could we get a better algorithm, here?]

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, apparently there IS a 15th Street, on the East side of town. Living out here among the coyotes doesn't provide much time for traveling East Lawrence (which, interestingly enough, now seems to incorporate Old West Lawrence. Hmm... something going on there... wonder if that "Billings" guy had something to do with it...?)

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 8 months ago

Spywell says "Take 15th street through the farmland properties and merge it into K-10? This would only serve the downtown traffic and KU."

And so you take the downtown and KU traffic off of 23rd street. But then you wouldn't have anything to whine about.

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