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The Lawrence We Remember Redux

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Four and a half years ago I posted about Lawrence, The Way We Remember it. It and another similar post were very popular and I've avoided revisiting the subject. Until now.

My thought is to revisit East 23rd St., before the new K-10 was built. I invite you to submit recollections, photos, or links to relevant information.

In the future, we might visit our memories of other areas in (and maybe even around) Lawrence.

I mentioned the AquaForum, which was initially on East 23rd. I'm sure when all the work was being done rebuilding E. 23rd, the business suffered. I believe it moved, for a while, to somewhere near where Pet World is now. I moved away in 1976 and think it was still in business. When I returned around 1980, I'm not so sure.

The old gentleman who ran it (although he might not have been much older than I am now), still sticks vaguely in my memory.

Does anyone else have recollections of him and his shop? Or anything on E. 23rd around that time? Please post your recollections below, or if you prefer, you can contact me with the information and I'll make sure it's visible.

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gonewest 1 year, 10 months ago

Please help. For those of us who haven't been in Lawrence since 1981, what is the K-10?

Thanks so much!!

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

OMG. Was it West 87th become 83rd out of Johnson County that I used to take into Lawrence before the new K-10 was completed? I'm sure "East 23rd" didn't exist on any cognitive map before then, although it must have been the final stretch(?).

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

Back about '63 there was a go-cart track near where the John Deere building is now. I burned a lot of rubber off the wheels there but once witnessed two employees sadistically torturing a couple of cats so I never went back.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

Furniture Warehouse,(out where the surplus tool business is now). Not long after it opened one of the owners passed away. Warren Thompson, the surviving partner, had to change the name so he reversed the name to Warehouse Furniture, saving the cost of new lettering.

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