"Lawrence, Kansas" Top 5 Page for this destination Lawrence by basstbn

Lawrence Travel Guide: 188 reviews and 398 photos

My favorite town in the whole, wide world...

Lawrence is one of the more unique cities in the state of Kansas. Lawrence boasts a colorful history, and is a great place to enjoy art, music and theatre.

Located on the Kaw (Kansas) River, Lawrence was one of the earliest settlements in the sate of Kansas. It was founded in 1854 by the New Enland Emigrant Aid Society in an effort to keep the territory free from slavery. Historians will remember that the city was sacked by the vicious raiders of William Quantrill during the bloody period of border skirmishes prior to the beginning of the civil war. Both the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails ran through parts of Lawrence and the surrounding countryside.

Two universities are located within this small city - the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, the only inter-tribal college in the country.

Lawrence celebrated its 150th birthday in 2004, and is growing at an unprecedented rate. A number of retirees are finding Lawrence (and other college towns) to be an attractive place to spend their senior years, partly due to the variety of cultural and athletic activities available.

Check out the city's tourist information web site at www.VisitLawrence.com

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:All the advantages of small city living combined with a major college atmosphere
  • Cons:Traffic can get a little heavy on main arteries
  • In a nutshell:I love Lawrence!! I could easily live there.
  • Last visit to Lawrence: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Let me know what you think of my pages for the town and surrounding areas. Also got to Dodge and it was a trip-long way but nice.

  • Sep 15, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    I last visited Lawrence in 1997 while stationed at Fort Riley. I vividly remember the city & still consider it a second home. Is the Bottleneck still opened?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2006 at 2:23 PM

    an interesting page, thanks for sharing !

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2003 at 6:38 PM

    Been to Lawrence only once (for a football game, lost to UCLA). Hope to catch one this weekend where we/you might beat Baylor. Loved the courthouse (on my list).

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2003 at 4:54 AM

    Excellent page with great photos and comments. I liked it.

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2003 at 5:53 PM

    Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Go K.U.!


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