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40 years ago: Downtown workers fill in deep hole under Mass Street

July 7, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 7, 1972:

  • The fate of the old cistern under the 900 block Massachusetts Street was sealed this week as construction workers Mike Frolow and Ellis Chandler spent two days filling it with sand. The old cistern, dug in the early days of the city to assist in fire-fighting and rediscovered during the recent downtown improvement project, had been filled with four loads of sand so far but was still over 30 feet deep. The hole was still filled with water, which was being pumped out.
  • A car identified only as a late-model red vehicle had eluded officers somewhere between Lawrence and Eudora after a chase had begun shortly after 10 p.m. near Ninth and Maple streets in Lawrence. The speeding driver had failed to pull over after a patrolman had followed with a siren and flashing red lights. The chase had continued east onto a county road, with Lawrence and Douglas County deputy sheriffs, a second city police car, and the Eudora City Marshal eventually joining in. A road block had been set up at the Kansas River bridge at Eudora, but the driver, after dousing the car's lights, apparently had turned off Leavenworth County Road 1 and eluded the pursuing vehicles.

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