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County courthouse on Mass St
To orientate yourself in Lawrence, hark back to your high school history class. In a unique plan, the north-south streets in Lawrence are named after the American states...in the order they entered the Union! This plan ensured downtown centers on Massachusetts Street to honor the natives of that state who founded Lawrence in 1851. Nowadays this street is usually just called 'Mass.'
Mass is one of four streets that you'll occasionally hear referred to as 'the square.' The square consists of the major roads the enclose the University of Kansas. Mass is the east edge, 23rd Street ('Hamburger Alley') borders the south, Iowa makes the west edge and 6th Street completes the square on the north side. The two numbered streets are infested with bland strip malls, gas stations and supermarkets. Both Iowa and Mass connect to Interstate 70/Kansas Toll Road across the river at the West and East Lawrence interchanges respectively.
During the six-mile circuit of these four streets (called 'shooting the square') you'll pass through or near Downtown, the University of Kansas and Old West Lawrence.
Lawrence finally has a decent modern bus network after years of depending on rattling antiques borrowed by the university from Wichita. The routes are comprehensive and the service impeccable; I found the drivers exceedingly friendly and helpful. It costs 50 cents for a ride.
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