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Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, USA

Dr. Charles Robinson and Charles Branscomb were sent by the New England Emigrant Aid Company to scout for a location for a city. They arrived in the vicinity of Lawrence in July 1854 and noted the beauty of the area and felt the area was well suited for a town.

The original “pioneer party” left Massachusetts on July 17, 1854 and consisted of 29 men. They arrived at the site Robinson and Branscomb selected on August 1. The second party arrived in Lawrence on September 9 after leaving August 9. The town was officially named Lawrence City on October 6. Original names for the settlement were Wakarusa, Yankee Town, New Boston and Plymouth but Lawrence was chosen to honor Amos A. Lawrence, a valuable benefactor of the Emigrant Aid Company and because “the name sounded well and had no bad odor attached to it in any part of the Union." The main street of the town was named Massachusetts to commemorate the origins of the pioneer party...wikipedia

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Lawrence, Kansas, USA - Indian School
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1856 - May 21 - Lawrence Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces
The Sacking of Lawrence occurred on May 21, 1856, when pro-slavery activists attacked and ransacked ...Read MORE...

1858 - Fire Station No. 4 in Lawrence, originally a stone barn constructed in 1858, was a station site on the Underground Railroad. resources/ state-facts/ kansas.html
1860 - July 9 - A hot blast of air in the middle of a sweltering summer pushed the mercury up to 115 degrees at Fort Scott and Lawrence, KS.
1863 - August 21 - Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill
1886 - July 24 - Rain fell at Lawrence, KS, for the first time in four weeks. Rain fell over much of the state of Kansas that day relieving a severe drought which began in May. The very dry weather ruined crops in Kansas.
News  1911 - Two Killed at Lawrence.
Lawrence, Kan., April 13. - Two people were killed, scores of houses destroyed and the streets...Read MORE...

Lawrence, a city, the capital of Douglas co., Kan., is situated on the S. bank of the Kansas River, ...Read MORE...

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flag  Clarton C "Clinton" OSBON (1850, Brown County, Ohio, USA - 11/23/1909, Lawrence, Kansas, USA)

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