Saturday, June 06, 2009

POtW: Richland Ruins and 23rd & Iowa

You get a two-fer since I missed last week. The first picture is the ruins of an old house that used to be a part of Richland, Kansas. Richland was a small town in southeastern Shawnee County. Richland survived floods and fire only to be demolished for the construction of Clinton Lake a few miles to the east. Richland got a bit of fame in 1949 when President Harry Truman appointed Georgia Neese Clark as the first woman Treasurer of the United States. Except for some street ruins in a nearby field, this house is the last remnant of the town.
Richland House Ruins

The next picture is the busiest intersection in Lawrence, 23rd/Clinton Parkway & Iowa Street. I have picture from the mid-1950s of this same intersection and it's just two gravel roads intersecting. The only thing that has remained the same is the brick schoolhouse on the left side of the picture. It's been standing since about 1925 and is currently owned by the University of Kansas.
23rd & Iowa in Lawrence