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Archive for Sunday, April 24, 2011

40 years ago: Lawrence schoolchildren enjoy train ride to Topeka for class trip

April 24, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 24, 1971:

  • A group of second-graders from Deerfield School were pictured singing a few railroad songs as they waited for their train at the Union Pacific station. The 50 students, 27 of whom had never ridden a train before, were to visit the Topeka Zoo and return to Lawrence on a school bus. It was a sad occasion in that passenger service on that line was scheduled to end within a week.
  • A bid of $2,178,750 from Kencraft, Inc., Topeka, was the lowest among seven offers received by the Lawrence Housing Authority for the city’s first low-rent housing project. The bid, which was to be recommended to the regional office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Kansas City, was for the construction of 130 units on Haskell Avenue north of 19th Street.

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