Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2012

100 years ago: Preliminary plans call for national highway to pass through Kansas

October 7, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 7, 1912:

  • "Woodrow Wilson, democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States, will be in Lawrence tomorrow evening. But it will not be for long as the candidate will merely pass through here on Santa Fe Train No. 6 which arrives at the depot here at 5:40 in the evening. Woodrow Wilson will be a passenger on this train and as such will be in Lawrence for perhaps five minutes.... However, the democrat has promised to make the best possible use of this short period of time and has promised to make a few remarks from the rear platform of his car."
  • "A $10,000,000 rock road is to pass through Lawrence. It is the plan of the different automobile factories in the United States to contribute one per cent of their profits toward the building of a rock road for Automobilists to cost $10,000,000, and all that is not raised in this manner will be contributed by the different auto clubs. The work of building this highway which will probably follow the Golden Belt Road will commence in the spring and will be started in the East. The road is expected to be completed by the opening of the exposition at San Francisco in 1915."
  • "Sunrise on the day before the opening of the world's championship baseball series in New York found over 500 men and boys at the Polo grounds. Sitting around bonfires they waited all night for the first chance at the 4,000 select grandstand seats to be placed on sale at nine a.m. Each person was allowed to buy two tickets. At the sale of seats tomorrow only one ticket will be sold to a person. This is the eleventh hour ruling designed to defeat speculators. Betting odds remain approximately the same as three weeks ago with the Red Sox supporters willing to give odds of 10 to 7. The weather bureau hopes to provide 'errorless' weather for the opening game."


Sarah St. John 5 years, 3 months ago

As a present-day "automobilist," I too approved of this word.

(As well as "autoist" which they sometimes use.)

This road, Py, was probably this one: (see my embedded link there, explaining how the road didn't end up going through Lawrence after all).

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