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100 years ago: Potter Lake regatta set for Commencement weekend

May 13, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 13, 1911:

  • “A regatta on Potter Lake under myriads of specially strung electric lights is to be the feature of the thirty-ninth annual commencement of the University of Kansas. Potter Lake will be flooded for the occasion, and the engineers will string hundreds of red and blue incandescents in emblematic patterns over its surface and around its edge. A regatta varied by canoe and tub races will comprise the program.”
  • “There has been considerable speculation at the action of the council in summarily rejecting the petitions to pave around that portion of South Park which lies west of Massachusetts. The real reason for the council’s action was the fact that there are no streets where the paving was asked. Those narrow strips of territory used for streets south and west of the park are not streets at all. They are simply park property. Naturally the council could not pave a street which wasn’t a street. The story of these streets ... traces their history to the Quantrell raid. Shortly following the raid a new plat of this territory was filed. One row of lots on the west and south were ‘appropriated’ by those making the plat and afterwards sold for residence purposes. These residences were built on park property and no street separates them from the public park. The city afterwards bought lots at the park corners and dedicated these lots to street purposes. The street does not, however, continue through the entire park.”

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