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The History of Jayhawk Boulevard

Learn about the various historical sites located on Jayhawk Boulevard with Katie Armitage.
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Wed., Sep. 24, 2003, 9:00am
Location: Bus departs from the Lied Center
After statehood came for Kansas in 1861, and one year after the civil war, the area known as Hogback Ridge, or Devil?s Backbone in Lawrence, was on its way to becoming what is now Mount Oread. An advertisement in the Junction City Union newspaper announced the opening of The University of Kansas on Wednesday, September 12, 1866. It was stated that junior and senior preparatory classes would be organized, the object being thorough preparation for College. The Academic year was divided into two sessions of twenty weeks each. Tuition was $10 per session for preparatory classes and $30 tuition for college classes per year. There were 55 students in the first class of the university ?? four in the first graduating class.

Traders, explorers, and families on their way west climbed this ridge, following the Oregon Trail. Over the years, construction and erosion have smoothed the wagon wheel ruts and they are no longer visible. As the KU campus developed, a new avenue, Jayhawk Boulevard, emerged and it runs parallel to the Oregon Trail.

Katie Armitage, a well-known local historian (M.A. in history, KU 1972), has agreed to give a talk on the history of the buildings and other interesting facts about this historic part of the campus. There are 16 identified buildings and landmarks along the way taking about 45-60 minutes to walk.

We will start the tour with coffee and rolls at the Chancellor?s Home at 1532 Lilac Lane. Also known as ?The Outlook?, it is a neo-classical revival style home built in 1913 for Jabez B. Watkins and his wife Elizabeth. He died a few years after completion, but she lived there for many years. Katie will give about a 20 - 25 minute talk while we are seated and there will be time for questions. The boulevard walk with Katie is a distance of a little more that half a mile.

September 24, 2003
9:00 a.m.

Cost: $15

Where: Bus will depart from the Lied Center parking lot near Bales Recital Hall at 9:00 a.m.

This event is limited to 30 people

Preregistration is required for all programs. Programs may be attended by NGSL members and their out-of-town guests.
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