Archive for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

100 years ago: Mass Street now boasts longest stretch of paved road in Kansas

October 23, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 23, 1912:

  • "The longest stretch of continuous paving in the State of Kansas has just been completed in Lawrence and will be opened for the first time tomorrow morning. Massachusetts street is now paved with brick its entire length, a distance of twenty blocks from the Kansas River bridge to the south limits of the city. It is a splendid piece of work which was commenced over eight years ago.... The last five blocks of this street have just been paved and it is this portion of the street which will be opened tomorrow morning. For eight weeks this section of the street has been torn up but now it is completed and Lawrence has one of the best pieces of pavement in the country.... The business section of Massachusetts street has been paved for about eight years now. This was the first brick paving to be put down in Lawrence. Gradually the pavement grew further south until now the street is paved to the extreme limits. This is the main entrance to the City of Lawrence and the splendid roadway thus afforded the farmers who come in from the south is surpassed by no city in the state. It is a splendid improvement and Lawrence undoubtedly is proud of it."
  • "The state of Kansas gives a University education to its sons and daughters at fully a third less expense to the state than the average cost of a similar education at the large college and universities in North America. The per capita cost in 101 large institutions is shown, by the report of the Carnegie foundation covering an exhaustive investigation on the subject, to be $225 a year. The cost per student at the University of Kansas is $170. In giving these figures, however, the report of the board of regents points out that the facts shown contain a warning rather than a matter for congratulation: 'Too low a cost is not a matter to be proud of.... It is just as impossible for an educational institution to get an output of quality without paying for it what is necessary as it is for the manufacturing plant.'"
  • "Business is picking up at the office of the city clerk this week, due to the arrival of the voters who have waited until the last minute to register so that they can vote at the November election. However, there are still many Lawrence men who have failed to get squared with the clerk. All who have moved, who were not registered at the last election or did not vote must re-register if they wish to vote this fall. And the time is drawing close to an end as the poll books close on Friday night and those who have not registered by that time will find themselves without a vote on November 5. Better hurry and get registered at once."


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 2 months ago

The title of this article reminds me of a trivia question that most are not able to answer. Just about everyone has heard of Historic Route 66, a national highway that went from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, a distance of about 2,448 miles. It was established on November 11, 1926, and obviously, it crossed many states.

The question: Which state was the first to have the entire route of Route 66 paved border to border?

Get your kicks on Route Sixty Six!

Hint: There was only eleven miles to pave.

'C'mon, think about it some more.

Sasnak, backwards.

The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, along Historic Route 66

The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, along Historic Route 66 by Ron Holzwarth

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 2 months ago

I have another bit of trivia. I'm pretty sure that the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona is the only place that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places where you can stay for only $52 a night. It's a bit more if there's two of you.

That's got to be some kind of record! I thought it was a mistake, but I didn't argue with the clerk.

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