Archive for Saturday, April 28, 2012

100 years ago: County fair dates chosen; new Kansas-Colorado railroad; more advertisements!

April 28, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 28, 1912:

  • "The annual Douglas County Fair for 1912 will be held on September 24 to 27 inclusive according to the date set at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fair Association yesterday afternoon. This will be the last week in September, the fair to last from Tuesday morning to Friday night. Otherwise no definite plans were made but at a second meeting to be held on May 22 further plans will be made which are to make the 1912 County Fair the best ever."
  • "Twenty-four miles of the Kansas-Colorado railroad in which a number of Lawrence men are interested have been completed, and an opening excursion is to be held in the near future. This extends from Pueblo to the Turkey Creek quarries."
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FlintlockRifle 6 years, 1 month ago

Fair must no have had the demolition derby back then, cars were made of real metal back in 1912, like Model T, Buick, Overland, Cadillac, Star, would have lasted several hours, well probably not, just to start one could be a real job sometimes, When I was in 4-H the Lawrence fair was about same time , then you could go to the Big Springs fair the next week, we would stay with our livestock and spend the night sleeping on a few straw bales and a blanket, fun time , thanks again Miss Sarah

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