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What Is That Thing?

This series takes a look at the stories behind unusual objects around our community. If you have a mysterious object that you’d like us to look into, e-mail it to phil(at)lawrence.com.


Everything old is brew again
The old Walruff Brewery was killed by prohibition, but its legacy lives on in Free State
May 27, 2010
“… because without beer, things do not seem to go as well.” —Diary of Brother Epp, 1902. We’re all familiar with the Free State shirt with this quote. But have you ever considered the significance of that date?
Buried History
Downtown door to nowhere reveals layers of town’s past
April 29, 2010
Like a window or door sealed with brick, some views into the past are impenetrable. So it seems to be with, well, a window and door filled in with brick in the basement of Goldmakers Fine Jewelry…
The Daisy Dozer’s Day
Lore surrounding a bygone roller coaster lingers in east Lawrence neighborhood
March 28, 2010
You could hardly be faulted for not knowing there was ever a roller coaster here, much less at the turn of the century. It didn’t leave much of a mark - even the history books have but trace mentions of the “Daisy Dozer” and the once-grand Woodland Park…
The old stone at Stony Point
A mysterious monolith south of Lawrence leads to Depression-era family story
February 24, 2010
Decades-old trees growing between the stone steps that once led down into a basement have a way of robbing your own home of its sense of permanence…
What is that thing?
The truth behind Lawrence’s prominent whatchamacallits and thingamajigs is revealed
March 31, 2006
Most Lawrence residents can talk at length about Allen Fieldhouse, Liberty Hall, the Campanile or that “Honk for Hemp” guy.