Archive for Friday, October 12, 2012

40 years ago: Another deep hole found under Mass Street

October 12, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 12, 1972:

  • The senior class at Kansas University had selected five finalists for the yearly HOPE (Honor for the Outstanding Progressive Educator) award. The finalists were Edward J. McBride (mechanical engineering), John F. Michel (speech and drama), Calder M. Pickett (journalism), David Quadagno (physiology and cell biology), and John C. Wright (psychology and human development and family life). The winner of the HOPE award, which was entirely student initiated and governed, was to be announced during halftime at the Kansas-Nebraska football game on Oct. 21.
  • Another deep hole had been discovered under Massachusetts Street. Workers on the downtown renovation project had uncovered a well or cistern at Seventh and Mass and had filled it with 157 tons of sand this week. This was the third such hole reported to have been found during the street-digging, the other two having been under the 900 and 1000 blocks of Mass. The hole under the 1000 block had been the largest, requiring 200 tons of sand to fill. The age and original purpose of the holes was still a subject for debate among workers and onlookers, but a local historian had reported earlier that they had been dug in several spots in the city for water storage in the days before water mains and fire hydrants.


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