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How old were you when you first came to Lawrence?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 21, 2011

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Photo of Devin Mullins

“14, for the KU engineering expo.”

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“I was six or seven. My dad surprised me by taking me to a KU basketball game.”

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“My first time here was yesterday, so 18.”

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“15, to see the KU engineering expo.”


chocolata37 6 years, 9 months ago

My Uncle brought me to a KU game when in 1980. Awesome! Decided right then I would attend college here. ROCK CHALK!

pure_republication 6 years, 9 months ago

I was 41 and came to be a consulting engineer at FMC.

jackpot 6 years, 9 months ago

18 Had to take bunch of tests at K.U.

Mike Ford 6 years, 9 months ago

I was 4 and my grandfather took me to a Ford dealership near 9th and Mississippi Street.

RoeDapple 6 years, 9 months ago

May of 1961. My parents bought a house on Davis Road, I could see some of the dorms on campus from my bedroom window. Had no idea what they were . . .

RoeDapple 6 years, 9 months ago

. . guess that would have made me 13 . . .

RoeDapple 6 years, 9 months ago

At the time Chevys were being sold on New Hampshire, Fords on Vermont and Datsuns out of a garage out near the 4-H fairgrounds. Dillon's one store was on 18th & Mass, Rusty's IGA was on 9th & Iowa, also on North Second and Safeway was on 11th & Mass. A&W was "going out to eat" on 6th Street and by the time you passed Crestline Drive going west you were in the "country". Kasold Drive was gravel and Wakarusa was "Drag Strip Road". There were two drive in theaters, The Sunset out past Lawrence Ave on 6th, and the Lawrence Drive In where The Malls is on 23rd. Sorry if some of the details aren't exact . . . I'm suddenly feeling like an old fart . .;-)

jlzack 6 years, 9 months ago

and Griff's was on 23rd street......

webmocker 6 years, 8 months ago

Do you remember a large slide on 6th Street, just east of Iowa? I think people went down it on burlap sacks or some such. Any details, or pictures, would be great.

Bill Lee 6 years, 9 months ago

I was a 20 year old freshman at KU in Januay 1967. Got off active duty at Ft.Hood, TX in December and arrived here a few weeks later. Since then, I've moved away three times and returned three times. I'm here to stay.

Ksgirl2000 6 years, 9 months ago

I moved here 1.5 years ago, so would've been 37. Lots of great people, but unfortunately none of the work for USD497 (nasty rude employees) and for some reason a large population of the city lacks the knowledge of the "right of way" law at stop signs... Totally bizarre to me. But otherwise, I love the city, it's culture and total fantastic weirdness.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 9 months ago

born and raised in Topeka. Moved the family here in '86. I was 33.

number3of5 6 years, 9 months ago

When I was 13, we moved to Ks in 1957. Trips to Lawrence were not often. Once on a date in 1959 and then when Dad started operating the gas station at the TeePee, it was a regular trip. The sunset drive in was the place to go to on dates. Got married in 1960 and lived in a motel along the highway in North Lawrence, don't remember the name, but I think it was the Rancho Motel.

Phase 6 years, 9 months ago

In 1951 the flood and I both came to Lawrence --- I was about five.

bolshavik_vw 6 years, 9 months ago

When my mom went into Labor with me, we had to come from Tonganoxie to the old LMH where I was born 32 hours later. We moved to Lawrence a short time later after I was born.

Kontum1972 6 years, 9 months ago

1969..high school road trip...went to the Red Dog...captured by some hippie chicks,,,,they punished me all weekend....then i went back home on sunday..and took a long nap...was worn out....

RoeDapple 6 years, 9 months ago

Good to see you Hollis! BABBOY needs a hug.

somedude20 6 years, 9 months ago

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schula 6 years, 9 months ago

I, too, was born (1963) at the old LMH hospital. I remember when my grandma worked there and my grandpa would take me to see pick her up -- there was a fountain (i think) out front with goldfish in it.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey Roe, you forgot Kennedy Grade school, where my three son went to school, great area to raise a family, back in mid to late 60's

RoeDapple 6 years, 9 months ago

Oh yeah! Opal Jane Kennedy Grade School! I was headed to Central when we moved to Lawrence but if memory serves me they had just finished construction on the Opal Jane at the time. Still mounds of dirt where the ball field would go on the south side. All my younger siblings attended there until the family moved to NY Street.

Daniel Speicher 6 years, 9 months ago

Born and raised... And proud to be a Lawrence citizen! Love this city!

Mike Hatch 6 years, 9 months ago

I had just started first grade (Deerfield) when we moved here. I remember going with my parents to real estate agencies looking for a house. It was late summer and for some reason, there were no mid-priced houses to be had. They were all really expensive or really run down. Finally, one came available in Western Hills, which was outside of the city limits then---had a route and box # for an address. None of us wanted to move here, but my dad got a new job at DCB. The evening that we looked at the house we'd eventually move into, we went to Sirloin Stockade for dinner, then to Gibson's for ice cream and my parents bought me a Ken doll outfit there to try to cheer me up.

Citizen77 6 years, 9 months ago

18 in 1988 to take classes at the U. Didn't even know what a Lawrence was before that.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 9 months ago

I may have come to Lawrence prior to this and simply not remembered it, but my earliest memory of coming here was with my father in the summer of 1958 when I was 5 years old.(I grew up in Turner, KS.) My two older sisters, 9 and 11 at the time, were with us. I clearly remember Teepee Junction and the fact that on the way back, our car broke down in Linwood. My dad gave a woman a silver dollar to use her phone to call my mother and arrange to have his brothers come and get us and fix the car. I was fascinated with the phone because it was an old style, wall mounted, hand cranked phone that went through a central exchange. I had never seen one like that before. Ours was a rotary dial, black bakelite phone. I came to Lawrence numerous times after that over the years with school groups and such and my parents daytripped up here with us a number of times to go to the museums. I didn't actually move here (the first time) until 1989. Moved away in 1991 and then came back in '98 and I've been here ever since. Kinda funny but when I moved here the first time, being a "townie" was still an important thing and the "town and gown" division was still very strong. When I came back in '98 there still seemed to be some of that but not as much. It may be my perception but there doesn't seem to be nearly as much of that now.

whats_going_on 6 years, 9 months ago

I was, um... negative 9 months old? Or rather I was born here.

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