Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence boosters travel to Osage City to promote road

November 30, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 30, 1911:

  • "People in town don't realize that the recent storm was so severe that the snow drifted over the roads so that forces of men had to clear it away. The rural mail carriers who travel over the east and west roads north of town tell the story of how they were forced to go on foot yesterday. The snow packed up high, and it was impossible to drive through. Shifts of men yesterday with spade and shovel cleared the road."
  • "At 7:45 tomorrow morning the Big Booster train will leave Lawrence on its way to Osage City. On board will be about 200 good roads enthusiastic merchants of Lawrence and the First Regimental Band from here. As the train proceeds westward stops will be made all along the line and more boosters and more cars added to the procession. At Topeka about 1000 Topeka Boosters will join the party with another band.... Arriving at Osage the men will leave the train and hold a big meeting at that town. They will talk good roads and show why the [cross-continent] road should be located through Lawrence and Topeka instead of over the proposed southern route.... Lawrence must be well represented in this movement as it means a great deal to this town. It will not only place Lawrence on the map but will in the future mean improved roads leading into the town."

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