Photo gallery: Images from the Dear Lawrence photo project

July 2012 update: We’re once again accepting photos for the Dear Lawrence project. Scroll down to see some of the new additions.

Members of our photography staff, local photographers and all of you are invited to participate in our Dear Lawrence Community photo project. These are some of the great photos we’ve received so far, but there’s still time to participate. Get out your old photos and your cameras and start submitting. You can do it via email to, by posting a photo on our Facebook page wall at, or submitting an image at

photo by: Nick Krug

Paper carriers and newsboys pick up copies in the 1920s outside what is now Free State Brewery, La Prima Tazza and Liberty Hall on the 600 block of Massachusetts Street.

photo by: Louis Copt | Special to the Journal-World

Phyllis and Louis Copt operated a hot dog cart downtown at Ninth and Massachusetts streets in August 1980. It was the first New York-style hot dog cart licensed in the state of Kansas. The stand featured kosher-style hot dogs and polish sausage with toppings and sodas. The cart was purchased in New York and shipped to Kansas. Phyllis sold the business in l984.

photo by: Mike Yoder

An old photograph from the early 1900s looks south across the Kansas River with the old bridge at right and buildings downtown in the distance.

photo by: Mike Yoder

One of five new electric streetcars that began service in downtown Lawrence Sept. 20, 1909, was photographed at the northeast corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets. At the time, the Bowersock Theater Building, now Liberty Hall, housed the offices of the Lawrence Journal.

photo by: Nick Krug

A historical Journal-World photo shows a filling station at the corner of Seventh and Locust streets in North Lawrence. The white building still exists today but has leaned a bit northward over the years.

photo by: Nick Krug

The News Center building, 645 N.H., when it was a post office in 1911. Holding the print are editor Trevan McGee, left, and Journal-World staff photographer Kevin Anderson.

photo by: John Clayton | Special to the Journal-World

Where did our sky go?

photo by: Kevin Anderson

Many families over the years have taken photos of KU graduates on campus during commencement weekend, including this family, who chose Strong Hall as the backdrop for their photo.

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas University students from the 70s or 80s play basketball outside Templin Hall.

photo by: Nick Krug

Rugby in 1981 at what is now the Shenk Sports Complex at 23rd and Iowa streets.

photo by: Nick Krug

About six months ago while testing a new set of studio lights, my old cat Moses hopped up on the stool to see what I was doing. Sadly, we had to adopt him out several weeks ago, but he went to a nice lady who sends us regular updates.

photo by: Kevin Anderson

Traffic stopped along Clinton Parkway just west of Iowa Street near Shenk Sports Complex.

photo by: Nick Krug

A parade proceeds along the 700 block of Massachusetts Street in 1948. Students were urging voters to fund the building of Lawrence High School.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Thousands of fans crowd Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, April 7, 2008, after the Jayhawks won the 2008 NCAA Men's National Championship. The photograph was taken from the top of the Eldridge Hotel looking south.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Promoters celebrate the 1947 Lawrence Airshow in the middle of Massachusetts Street. Seen in the distance at middle of frame is the Jenny Wren flour mill. At right of center is the Union Bus station, where Free State Brewery and La Prima Tazza are located now.

photo by: Cathy Callen | Special to the Journal-World

Old Fraser Hall was a beautiful building, with its twin towers on top and wooden staircases inside. I had several of my freshman and sophomore classes there, but specifically remember struggling to translate "Le Rouge et le Noir" in a French literature class in one of the ground-level classrooms. The photos show both old and new Fraser from the Watson Library lawn.

photo by: Kevin Anderson

People sit on Campanile Hill sometime in the 1980s for the Day on the Hill.

photo by: Richard Gwin

In 1979 I was chasing a school bus in the snow and saw this wagon in a farmer's field southeast of Lawrence. The photo of the wagon ran on page 1A in the paper and got a lot of calls for reprints.

photo by: Richard Gwin

This 1970s photograph shows the Wellman School, which for years provided an education to many rural children in Jefferson County. The building now sits in Old Town Oskaloosa.

photo by: Richard Gwin

The northbound Kansas River Bridge under construction in July 1977.

photo by: Mike Yoder

A sheet of ice covered the roads near 11th and Ohio streets in this winter scene from the early 1990s, re-photographed in the heat of July 2011.

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas University as it was in 1896, re-photographed from The Oread hotel July 28, 2011.

photo by: Leslie McCaffrey I Submitted Photo

This is a photo taken around 1945 in front of Cordley school. (This is facing 19th Street.) It was the "percussion band". My mom, Martha Hammig Patterson, is second from the left on the front row. I am sure there are many current Lawrencians in this photo. Photo by Leslie McCaffrey

photo by: Mike Yoder

North Lawrence residents gather on the Union Pacific railroad tracks in North Lawrence to watch firefighters battle a fire at a storage building adjacent to the La Tropicana restaurant, 434 Locust, on Monday May 27, 1996.

photo by: Jonathan Kealing

Jonathan Kealing submitted this photo for the Dear Lawrence project. In it, you see him with with his sister, Jenna, and brother, Justin, in 1994 at a KU football game. His family lived in Kansas City at the time and came up for games often, but usually watched them sprawled out on a blanket on Campanile Hill, rather than inside Memorial Stadium. After 15 years, it was hard to be sure this was the exact right spot, but everything looked pretty close.

photo by: Debra Karr I Submitted Photo

To save some money during the Great Depression, the Winsler sisters held a double wedding on April 16, 1933. Margaret Jane, left, married Roy Rice and Dorothy, right, married Robert Karr at the Winsler home at 717 Mississippi. Submitted by Debra Karr

photo by: Mike Yoder

Sharon's Billtown Cafe used to be a favorite diner just east of Williamstown. It closed down June 30, 2006. Sharon Dodds operated the cafe for 18 years, and the locals raved about her homemade biscuits and gravy, pies and chicken and noodles. There had been a diner at that site since the 1940s.

photo by: Mike Yoder

Produce is displayed on the sidewalk outside of the E.W. Wood Grocery, 911 Mass., in 1886. The current occupant business is Saffee's Inc. clothing store.

photo by: Nick Krug

Dear Lawrence: My grandma, Margaret Krug and me, Spiderman on Halloween in 1982.

KU Graduation day, May 1989. Back row from left to right, Mike Farthing, Rob Reavey, Mark Hulsey. In the middle row are Wayne Dedloff and Bill Colgan. In front is Greg Harrison. Original photo taken by Mike Conway in 1989. Submitted by Wayne Dedloff.

Dear Lawrence: Replay Lounge in the winter of 2003. Submitted by Allison Puderbaugh.

Bob Pierce on Massachusetts Street in the early 70s. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

This image from 3706 W 23rd was taken from a farmhouse that used to sit atop the hill in May of 1973. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

Allen Puderbaugh, outside The Dusty Bookshelf in the early 70s. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

The 1988 NCAA Championship parade on Massachusetts Street. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

Kim Kern on the left & Allen Puderbaugh outside Strawberry Fields on Massachusetts Street in the early 70s. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

Allen Puderbaugh on Massachusetts Street in the early 70s. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

Massachusetts Street in the early 70s. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

Massachusetts Street in the early 70s. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

The 1988 NCAA Championship parade on Massachusetts Street. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

The Red Lyon in 2003 when they only had one door. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

The Granada. Photo by Allison Puderbaugh

The picture in the picture is of Bess Allen, wife of Forrest "Phog" Allen in front of 801 Louisiana. About the only change is to the landscaping in front of the house. The Allens lived here circa late 1910s through the mid-1940s as best that I know. Photo submitted by Mike Wildgen

photo by: Mike Yoder

Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards addresses a crowd in Lawrence on Aug. 8, 2004.

photo by: Mike Yoder

The Varsity Theater, 1013 Mass. St., which in 1946 billed itself as the biggest and best for less, currently houses Urban Outfitters apparel shop.

This photo was taken around 1960. Mary, Marcella and Martha Hammig are seated on a bench at the Campanile. Photo by Leslie McCaffrey

photo by: Nick Krug

Dear Lawrence: My brother Caleb Krug in front of our home, sometime in the early 90's.

The Old AT&ST Station during the flood of 1951. Photo submitted by Bill Pendleton

photo by: Nick Krug

My backyard tire swing in the early 80s.

When this photo was taken the front door was located on Maine Street. The circle drive/portico was the front door and the monument sign was situated along the sidewalk on Maine Street. Photo by Belinda Rehmer

This 1970's photo of the original Lawrence Memorial Hospital building (built with Elizabeth Watkins funds in 1921) in contrast to today's brand new 4th Street Health Plaza which is connected to the ever evolving LMH. The old photo shows the front entrance & goldfish pond. The goldfish pond was a great "child friendly" feature since children were not allowed to visit patients and were sequestered to the lobby while mom and dad went to visit. I remember being especially intrigued by the frozen fish in the winter. You could even see them slowly breathing under the ice! Great memories. Photo by Belinda Rehmer

Bucky's Hamburgers sat near the northwest corner of Ninth and Iowa streets before becoming Biemer's BBQ. Photo by Dan Shattuck

The old North Lawrence car wash. Photo by Dan Shattuck

The Crossing formerly sat at the north end of Jayhawk Boulevard where it meets 12th Street. The Oread Hotel property currently exists in the location. Photo by Dan Shattuck

The old Joe's Bakery sign photographed against the building where it used to exist at 616 W. 9th Street. Photo by Dan Shattuck

The Lawrence Fire Station No. 2 at 19th and Massachusetts Street . My dad John Kasberger is second from the left. Pictures submitted my Merrill Kasberger Romig, photos by Marty Olson

The Wren Building at 8th and Vermont. Picture submitted my Merrill Kasberger Romig, photos by Marty Olson

The Campanile at Kansas University was dedicated in May of 1951 in honor of the military that died serving in World War II. My dad, Clem Zillner, was a carpenter who worked for Constant Construction Company at the time. This is a picture of the of the wooden scaffolding used to support the men working on the structure. It was taken looking north over Memorial Stadium at the back of Strong Hall. Photo by Joyce Halderman

Edmonds Food Store and Freezer Lockers stood at the southwest corner of Massachusetts and 19th Streets from 1926 to 1985. Our grandfather, Joseph R. Edmonds, started the business as a.young man in McLouth and later built Edmonds Food Store in Lawrence on Massachusetts at 14th Street. Our dad, Norman S. Edmonds, took over the business from his.father in 1940, remodeled and added a Fountain Service and Ice Cream Store with Curb Service. Norman's three sons, Steve, Mark and Joe grew up stocking shelves and delivering groceries. In good times and bad, we always ate well. Submitted by Stephen Norman Edmond

Betty DeLisle Stevens perches on a hitching post at 1024 Pennsylvania, in Lawrence, Kan., where she posed 60 years earlier, in February 1951, when she was eight months pregnant with twins.

A picture of Larry Hatfield, right, and Coach Louie Heinrich. This picture was taken by my grandmother Hazel Rose Hatfield in September of 1968 at Hobbs Field. Coach Heinrich, coach Houk and coach Ice were three of the baseball legends of Lawrence. Photo by Jeff Hatfield

My two brothers, our dad and me in South Park during the summer of 1951. I'm pouting because Dad had made my big brother and me climb down from the rock top, upon which we were having our weekly shoving match about who was "king of the rock. My brother always won. The rock was later moved from the park. We lived in Sunflower Village, but picnicked each Sunday in the park, weather permitting. Photo by Carole Tomlinson

My two brothers, my mother and me on a teeter totter at South Park in the summer of 1951(photo looking east-southeast). This is where and when I learned the concept of balance and relative weights. There is now a wide, flat depression where the playground was then located. Today, the playground equipment is located a short distance to the southwest. Photo by Carole Tomlinson

My father and brother in South Park, 1952. Dad is clearly restraining a naughty two-year-old, and my mother wrote on back, "Sorrowful Joes." In the background, the Trinity Lutheran Church roof can be clearly seen. Our family picnicked on Sundays in the park, weather permitting, and this appears to be very early spring. Photo by Carole Tomlinson

Rick Burch and Janet Good playing on New York Street in East Lawrence. This was during 2010 when the bricks on New York were being restored and granite curbs installed. Current photo features the thumb of Jasmine Good-Decosta, Liberty Memorial Central Middle School student. Photo submitted by Rick Burch. Original photo by Rebecca Kissling

Here's a picture of the Sandbar from the mid-late 90s. Our building looks a whole lot different now! Submitted by Debbi Johanning

This is a picture of my father, Bill Wilson, and his 4-H heifer, Domino, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Original photo taken by my grandmother, Mag Wilson, in August 1968. Photo by Brad Wilson

Plymouth Congregational Church in 1870 and 2011 at 925 Vermont Street. If you look closely to the old photograph you'll notice a small homestead with a cow close to where Wheatfield's Bakery is now. Photo submitted by Kay Koch

A 1950s parade at the intersection of 11th and Massachusetts streets. In the background is the courthouse. Photo by Tom Lee.

A 1950s parade outside the Masonic Temple building. In the background of the old photo is the old Safeway grocery. Photo by Tom Lee

A 1950s parade on the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street. In the old photo was the Blue Mill Cafe, where Louise's is now at 1009 Mass. Photo by Tom Lee

This is a photo of long-time Lawrence residents Dick Shaffer and Harriet Will (who married in 1966) taken in front of Stephenson Scholarship Hall on KU's graduation day in 1964. Dick Shaffer lived in Stephenson Hall all four years of his college days. The trees have certainly grown around the front of Stephenson in the intervening years! Submitted by Harriet Shaffer

Dear Lawrence: In the old photo are Gib (Gilbert), right, and his son George, who opened Francis Sporting Goods in 1947 selling mostly fishing and hunting gear. Ten years later they moved its Calcutta poles and hunting jackets across the street to a larger retail space at 731 Massachusetts. Inventory expanded to boats (as seen in the '57 picture). Guns, baseballs, gloves, athletic shoes, letter jackets and tennis rackets followed. The new photo also shows George and his son, Jon Francis, in front of today's swim suits and shorts. Photo by Carol Francis and family

The flood of 1951 near the old Santa Fe Station at Seventh and New Jersey Streets. Photo by Carol Francis

The flood of 1951 near the old Santa Fe Station at Seventh and New Jersey Streets. Photo by Carol Francis

The Eudaly Bros. Garage was established around 1913 by my great-grandfather, Bill Eudaly (pictured). It was the first automotive service center in Lawrence. This photo was taken about 1920. The garage was located in half of what is now Kring's Interiors on the 600 block of Massachusetts Street. (Note the old trolley tracks on Mass. Street.) Photo submitted by Vicki Eudaly.

Dear Lawrence: This photo was taken during the 1991 NCAA Tournament after KU beat UNC to earn a trip to the championship. Original photo taken by Pam Studebaker Kucza on Wescoe Beach.

This photo was taken in front of First Christian Church in Lawrence after the wedding of Pam Studebaker Kucza and Joel Kucza 25 years ago. Photo taken by Mark Kucza.

Mark and Jacob Kucza pose before prom at Lawrence High School in 2005. The original photo was taken by Pam Studebaker Kucza. Photo by Mark Kucza

Jacob Kucza gives Noah Kucza a scare on the back of his tricycle. Original photo taken by Pam Studebaker Kucza. Photo submitted by Mark Kucza

Mark and Jacob Kucza celebrate a Jayhawk victory in the 1991 NCAA Tournament after KU beat UNC to earn a trip to the championship. Original photo taken by Pam Studebaker Kucza on Wescoe Beach.

It is the Kerns/Blevins Family in 1922 in front of the railroad station that is now the Lawrence Visitors Center. Submitted by Craig Jacob

This picture is looking west from the parking lot Oliver in the fall of 1972. As Victor Frost drove into Lawrence from Kansas City with all of his belongings to start his first year at KU, a car ran the stop sign at .Harper St. and broad-sided his beloved Mustang. Despite this rough .start, Victor went on to a successful career at KU. All of the .athletic fields and facilities west of Oliver have been added since .1972. Photo submitted by Linda Frost.

This picture is looking north from McCollum Hall towards Ellsworth Hall in 1974. A friend of Linda Frost imitates the hood ornament on his car. This was before cell phones and the internet, so I guess we were just easily amused. Submitted by Linda Frost

For the Dear Lawrence project: Early fall, 1913, at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts looking south. This is a close up of the shops on the east side of the street, including the candy and tobacco store owned by my father's great-great grandfather, August J. Pierson. Photo submitted by Jessica Pierson.

Here's a rephoto of the old South Junior High building not long before it was demolished. I attended South from 1978-1981, so I was glad to have the opportunity to get some pictures taken before it came down. There will likely never be anything like it in Lawrence again! Photo by Derek Van Schmus.

For the Dear Lawrence project: Early fall, 1913, at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts looking south. This is a close up of the shops on the east side of the street, including the candy and tobacco store owned by my father's great-great grandfather, August J. Pierson. Photo submitted by Jen Humphrey.

During the 1950's my father, JD King was manager of the Commonwealth Theaters in Lawrence (drive-in theater, Granada, Varsity, and Patee). Between Ernst Hardware and the Antique Mall on the 800 hundred block of Mass St. there is empty space where the Patee was. It was built by a lady that was born in Lawrence but went to the east coast where she and her husband started picture theaters . She came back to take care of her step father and built the Patee. My father told me about the Patee and showed my family a picture of it. He said it was gone in 1955. I thought he said by fire but I can not find any evidence to that fact. My daughter Lauren Vanek is holding a picture of the Patee that was showing the new movie, "King Kong" in the 1930s. Stan Schwen (manager of the Patee) and his wife Maisie are standing in front of the theater..

This is a picture on the Haskell campus taken from the yearbook. I believe it was around 1911. The photo is shot looking west at the bandstand/gazebo. According to a Haskell graduate, the gazebo was in front of a hospital that used to be on campus. The library now sits to the west of it. Submitted by Rhonda LeValdo

The Lawrence Public Library in its former location at the northwest corner of 9th and Vermont streets..Photo submitted by Susan Brown

A rendering of the future look of the Lawrence Public Library laid over the existing scene..Photo submitted by Susan Brown

A photo of the Lawrence Public Library in its current form. Photo submitted by Susan Brown

Pat and Peggy Pfannenstiel pose in front of the KU football stadium the day of commencement, 1984. Photo submitted by Brianne Pfannenstiel.

Dear Lawrence,..The 2007 photo of the meadowlark flying from the barbed wire was taken at the former Farmland Industries property. It was before the property was purchased by the city of Lawrence. The site is now mostly cleared, and Lawrence city commission is expected to move forward with plans to convert the property to a business park. ..The original photo was actually a mistake. I was waiting for the meadowlark to turn around and look at me ? but he decided to fly away. I was slow on the trigger, and half of his body ended up out of frame. Happy accident. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Let's hope the business park project finds some of that luck, too. Photo by Doug Stremel

Dear Lawrence,..One of my favorite photos of my boys, Alec, Zak, and Connor helping paint the fence at 1646 Massachusetts Street. My wife Mickey took the photo. We have a lot of special memories in that big, old, Victorian Queen Anne home. Dr. Terry Riordan and his family owned and renovated the house before we lived there. After us, Matt and Judy Veatch did many more beautiful renovations, and now the home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Doug Stremel

Dear Lawrence,..Phog Allen stands outside Allen Fieldhouse just after it was completed in 1955. I wonder if Coach Allen had any idea that "his" arena would become one of the best ever. I've been lucky enough to see a lot of great players and coaches win big games in The Phog. We're lucky to be Jayhawks. Thanks Phog. Photo by Doug Stremel

Dear Lawrence: A photo of my buddies from the 7th floor of Oliver Hall in the fall of 1982. I only remember several names, but the stories are still fresh in my mind. Like keggers in the lobby, 'gobbles' thrown from the upstairs bathrooms, and playing hooky all day at Lone Star Lake. Our hair was longer, our shorts were shorter, and life was simpler. Wow, 30 years files by too fast. Photo by Doug Stremel

Standing, in front of what is now Central Junior High School, is a small group of black students who graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1952. My grandmother, Jane Barnes, is in the second row, farthest left. Photo by Sara Minor

The photo is of Senator Bob Dole in 1942 while on the KU track team. The photographer is unknown but the photo is housed in the Robert J. Dole Archive, Dole Institute of Politics..Bob Dole, 1976. "When I was 18, 19, 20, my primary interest was how fast I could run and how well I could do out on the basketball floor....whether I could catch a football. That seemed to be the greatest goal in life."--Bob Dole. In December 1942, after Pearl Harbor, Dole enlisted in the army. The rest is history. Photo submitted by Alison Carter

This is a photo of Frank and Dora Hester, and their daughter Nina, taken around 1900. The Hesters built what is our current home at 733 Tennessee Street. The house still looks largely the same, but no more horses and buggies on a dirt Tennessee Street. Submitted by Stacey and Scott White

This is a photo of my mother, Helen Francis Fussman -- and her mother and father -- on either side, taken at graduation in 1936, at 1144 Louisiana, where she lived. She met my father (also a KU graduate), whom she later married, looking out the window to the house next door, to the north. This house at 1144 Louisiana, unlike many other buildings in the area, is still there! Photo by Frank Janzen

This photo submitted by James Sanders, Lawrence, shows a horse and buggy in a photo from the early 1900's, just coming off the Kansas River bridge near 6th and Mass. St.

photo by: Laura Martin-Eagle

This photo was taken at 743 Indiana Street. I don't know who is in the photo...the old photo was given to me by someone who stopped by my house and told me it was their grandfather who as a young boy, as the story goes, hid in the cupola watching Lawrence burn when Quantrill came. He said actually, that his grandfather ran to the corn field nearby to hide...

photo by: Stan Lawson

The historic image inset in this photo was taken ca. 1902 and shows Anna (Eide) Anderson and her sister Ella (Eide) Berge (standing in the center) with some of their children, four granddaughters and other family members standing in front of the sandstone home 2 miles east of Vinland that was built in 1868 for Knud & Anna Anderson. Knud and Anna were Norwegian immigrants who settled on this farm in 1857. This 5-room home housed Knud & Anna and their five children and also the widowed Ella Berge and some of her children. My grandmother, Minnie Hoskinson Nichols, is the young girl seated on the ground on the far left.

photo by: Joyce Halderman

Looking for a bargain? Despite the 100 degree temperature, shoppers turned out for the Weaver’s Sidewalk Sale in 2012 just like they did in this 1961 photo. The glass tile sidewalk still identifies the location.