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April 15, 2022

40 Amazing Photos Capture Kansas Houses and Buildings in the Late 1940s

Kansas is a state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita. It is a landlocked state bordered by Nebraska to the north; Missouri to the east; Oklahoma to the south; and Colorado to the west. Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native Americans who lived along its banks.

Houses and buildings around Lawrence, Kansas from 1947 to 1949

For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison.

Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles (213,100 square kilometers) is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states. Residents of Kansas are called Kansans. Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 4,039 feet (1,231 meters).

These amazing photos from Lou Horacek were taken by Leo Horacek that show houses and buildings around Lawrence, Kansas (and maybe also in the Topeka area) from 1947 to 1949.

9th and Alabama St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

304 Indiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

603 Ohio St., Lawrence, Kansas, circa 1947

615 Louisiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

701 Louisiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

Barn, Lawrence, Kansas, October 1947

BPOE, 700 Vermont St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

Brick Victorian, 600 Block of Louisiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

Church construction (probably this would be Central United Methodist Church), 15th and Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas, December 1947

Empty Farmhouse on Clinton Road past Lone Star turn, Douglas County, Kansas, October 1947

English Lutheran Church, 11th St. and New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

House with gingerbread porch, 700 Block of Vermont St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

Lane University / Territorial Capitol, Lecompton, Kansas, October 1947

Lawrence National Bank Building, 7th and Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

McLouth Baptist Church, McLouth, Kansas, November 1947

Pony Creek School, No. 37, somewhere in the Lawrence-Topeka, Kansas, November 1947

School District 38, Southeast of Topeka, near Shawnee Lake, Kansas, November 1947

School District 48 on Red Star Road from Topeka to Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

School No 78, Highway 40, Northwest of Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

School, Northwest of Lawrence, Kansas, 1947

The Sweet Mansion, 3rd and Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kansas, November 1947

Victorian house on 6th St., between Ohio and Louisiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

Victorian house. Road sign is for US 59 and K-10. Somewhere on 6th Street, Lawrence, Kansas, November 1947

Vinland Church, Kansas, November 1947

Wellman Church, Kansas, November 1947

St Joseph Church, Topeka, Kansas, January 1948

Baker's House, 1655 Mississippi St., Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

Barn, Douglas County, Kansas, 1949

Church, somewhere in the Lawrence-Topeka, Kansas, 1949

District 62 School, Douglas County, Kansas, 1949

Italianate farmhouse, Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

Kansas Church, Douglas County, 1949

Methodist Episcopal Church near Berryton, Kansas, circa 1949

Nickerson House, Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

Schoolhouse, Douglas County, Kansas, 1949

Stone barn, somewhere near Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

Stone schoolhouse, around Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

Thayer Museum (Spooner Hall), Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1949

Watkins Bank Building, Lawrence, Kansas, 1949


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