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Sound Off: I understand there is a street in Lawrence named Sawhill, and I was wondering who it was named for.

Megan Gilliland, communications manager for the city, provided this answer: Developers propose street names through the subdivision plat process. The city reviews the naming suggestions to make sure the name does not exist somewhere else in the city but developers generally do not provide an explanation for street name choices.

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Fretster 2 years, 3 months ago

Why is there a Golden Rain drive? Yuck!

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MISTERTibbs 2 years, 3 months ago

"The city reviews the naming suggestions to make sure the name does not exist somewhere else in the city"

So I wonder what city worker screwed up in regards to Wagon Wheel given there are two of them that are obviously unrelated in any way shape or form. It's bad enough to have multiple segments of streets like Crestline and Lawrence Ave, but at least they could be connected if the streets were through streets.

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justmememe 2 years, 3 months ago

My favorite will always be Four Wheel Drive.

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kernal 2 years, 3 months ago

Another one that is misspelled is Morning Dove Ct.. The correct spellingwould be Mourning Dove Ct.

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Bassetlover 2 years, 3 months ago

Feel sorry for our friends living on a street spelled incorrectly---Bently Drive should be spelled Bentley. The developer obviously didn't use Spell Check. And City Hall didn't catch it either.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 3 months ago

Another: Jasu Drive, South of 23rd and Alabama: Name is a contraction of the names of son and daughter of developer Ole Stinson who built houses in Lawrence in the 1950's and later. Named for Jaydee (son) and Sue (daughter) who were students at LHS is the 1950's.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 3 months ago

Did-I-Say; Oops!, I missed you forward on Sawhill when I read the story and you posting! Sorry, I'll blame it on watching too much football and basketball yesterday!

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blindrabbit 2 years, 3 months ago

Don't know where Sawhill Drive is in Lawrence. I'm sure it was named for Clarence Sawhill who was a music student at Bethany Colleg in Lindsborg. In 1933, Neal Wherry, principal at Lawrence Memorial High School (14th and Mass.) convinced Sawhill to come to Lawrence to be band director at LMHS, leaving a similar post at Norton, Kansas. After many years in Lawrence, Sawhill left to become band director at both University of Southern California and then at UCLA for 20 years. From what I understand, Sawhill was widely respected throughout the United States. I remember my parents (who had attended LMHS during Sawhill's tenure) speaking highly of his accomplisments. Neal Wherry was principal at Lawrence High School when I attended in the 1950's, he probably retired sometime in the 1960's.

More than you want to know!, I appologize! Please tell me where Sawhill Drive is in the City!

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Ginny Hedges 2 years, 3 months ago

DIST - I appreciate the info. you gave. It was very interesting. I learned something new today because of your posting. Thanks!

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Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 3 months ago

High Drive, near campus...accurately named

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Jayhawk_4_Life 2 years, 3 months ago

High Drive, near campus...accurately named

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 3 months ago

"The city reviews the naming suggestions to make sure the name does not exist somewhere else in the city but developers generally do not provide an explanation for street name choices."

It would not take much to include a brief history/reason for a name choice in the ordinance that names a street. It would be interesting to find this one's history.

A guess, based on the historical significance of other street names in the development, would be for Clarence Sawhill. http://www.asucla.ucla.edu/band/mband/sawhill/ch4.htm

Other street names in the division include: Kanza - http://www.legendsofkansas.com/kansaindians.html Douglas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_... Rankin - http://www.skyways.org/genweb/archives/1918ks/bior/rankinjk.html Robinson - http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/r3/robinson_charles.html Plymouth - http://www.plymouthlawrence.com/who/history/ Wagstaff - http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/biow/wagstate.html

Or, the names could mean nothing at all.

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 3 months ago

"Easy Street" located off of Goldfield, near Harvard caught my eye. Who wouldn't want to live on Easy Street?

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rockchalker52 2 years, 3 months ago

One of my favs is Havronne Way. I never got my own way. I don't know why she should.

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