Archive for Thursday, August 22, 2013

25 years ago: New maps available to local history buffs

August 22, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 22, 1988:

  • A map and guide to markers documenting Lawrence's early days had become available the previous week, just in time for the 125th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid. Steve Jansen, director of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum, had introduced the "Free State Fortress" maps to the public and was planning to present them to the Lawrence City Commission at their meeting this week. The map featured the locations, pictures, and stories behind 11 historical markers around town as well as the route of the Oregon Trail through the city. There were 25,000 copies of the map available free of charge at the museum, Jansen said. The project had been funded by a $5,500 grant from the city and was produced by the Douglas County Historical Society and printed by Meseraull Printing of Lawrence.
  • The Lawrence City Commission this week was also to look into the possibility of preventing public access to Burcham Park at night. Neighbors living near the park had requested the city to install a security gate at the entrance of the 23-acre city park and to keep it locked after hours.


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