If you carefully read the story below, you’ll see that the farm land was owned by John Speer and the current house located here once sat diagonally across the street was not owned by John Speer. It was moved here in 2000 honoring John Speer, the founding citizens of Lawrence who showed great resolve in rebuilding after the Quantrill raid of 1863 as well as preserving the architecture of that time. Being a Missouri girl, I do not like being categorized as a ‘Bushwacker’ but since Kansas has taken such great care of my daughter’s college education, I will tolerate it just this once. 😉
We were the only people present at the time. It was Father’s Day weekend and I’m sure many had made special plans. As you can see, our plans were bent on sight-seeing.
And being as we weren’t in anyone else’s way, we peeked inside a bit….
On June 16, Father’s Day, we took a little drive to Lawrence, Kansas. Surprise! lol For those who read this blog now and then, you know we end up there often to see our eldest.
I’m about to take you along the path of an F4 tornado this Thursday Doors. There are actually doors that survived and many that didn’t. I tried to pare down the number of photos I’m sharing as there is,obviously, much destruction. That is the reason I’m sharing. The latest viewof a choice few of this tech-savvy generation is that you can take these things lightly. The very reason there were no casualties, I’m pleased to say, is that these Kansans were not outside taking selfies or storm-chasing.
So now with no further chastising, I have scenes of the May 28, 2019 tornado devastation. Our continued prayers for these victims as they try to rebuild lives and livelihoods.
To dispel certain notions, this part of Kansas is not entirely flat as you can see. Not a good idea to pass in other words. Sorry if you get behind a tractor. Their wheat crop is about to feed the world.
Doors here are intact. Roof, not so much.
Between the house and garage is a barn or other outbuilding crumpled into a heap.
This house was pretty much unscathed as is the way of tornadoes. One house damaged, the next untouched.
The picture in my mind of so many farmhouses I knew growing up. Does my heart good to see it still standing.
There’s a screen door in the distance that I bet withstood some pretty torential winds.
This my friends is Ground Zero of that tornado path. Scouring of the earth is what comes directly to mind. If you look at the horizon, you can see the trees that were in the path versus those that still have all their foliage. So thankful the city of Lawrence was not hit directly and that everyone is safe. And thanks to my eldest daughter for the guided tour to show the world the seriousness of this sort of natural disaster.
The Groundbreaking for this entry into the Thursday Doors was in 2014. Not vintage doors by any means, but what lies beyond them are pretty cool.
In an office somewhere back in 2013, a KU alumni purchased for a mere $4.3 million, the original rules of basketball. And these are the doors you enter to see them.
James Naismith was the author of these original rules and KU has embraced both Naismith and the generously donated ‘rules’ with the DeBruce Center. I’m a little short on time this week but hopefully the following collage will give it some recognition it deserves.
James Naismith complete with ‘baskets’
First View of the DeBruce Center
Centered is one of the bicycles you can rent for a ride around Lawrence
View of doors and Naismith to the left.
Quiet weekends won’t last long once classes resume.
Original Rules of Basketball engraved on this wall.
Inspired by Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin during the April A to Z Challenge for this week’s Thursday Doors is The Dusty Bookshelf in Lawrence, Kansas. During the Challenge, her theme was Bookstores-Stepping Across the Threshhold. I had to let her know about this treasure after we visited it during April. Thanks to her, I discovered yet more quilting books and a couple music (banjo) books to feed my book fix for a bit. And, oh darn, I’ll be back in Lawrence this weekend for a graduation and just may be forced to fit in a few more minutes here perusing those shelves. Until then, sharing the front of the shop. I’ve yet to get enough nerve to snap pics inside. Maybe next time and then I’ll even snap a few pics of my finds.
Photographed along the world reknown ‘Mass Street’ in Lawrence, Kansas.
I’ve mentioned umpteen times that we visit Lawrence, Kansas. This week is another instance (& probably won’t be the last). In short and sweet form, I present a home I’ve been keeping an eye on for about a year.
This is the ‘before’ of a home in Old Lawrence, a historical part of town that is extremely protective of its old homes. And with good reason. They are gorgeous! This one just happens to sit at where we take a turn to our daughter’s.
Next is the “after”.
Such clouds that this is the best angle for that front door.
View from our usual turn.
We drove around the block just for this one.
I hope it warms your heart as much as it does mine to see these parts of history saved.
Definition of Campanile: A free standing bell tower especially associated with a church or other public building, especially in Italy.
EX: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a campanile.
For people in my locality, the definition may be needed. I speak for myself for sure. I know I’ve asked my daughter half a dozen times for the name “of that tower” before it finally sank in. Guess I’m not a person who associates pictures with memorizing. But maybe it will help you in this Thursday Doors post.
To serve the purpose of the topic of ‘doors’ I present the doorway of the University of Kansas Camponile in which KU graduates pass through during their commencement ceremony. I’m pretty ecstatic that my eldest will pass through here twice in the next year or 2. In May she’ll get her Masters Degree. Woot! Woot! And tentatively, the next May will be for her Ph.D. Such a proud mama in case it wasn’t pretty evident.
Driving up to the tower
Location of the bells
The bells are housed in the top of the tower as the photo on the far right says.
As it is naptime, I’m not checking to see if this video works, so please excuse my methods if it’s a fail. Notice the eagle didn’t decide to endure them. chuckle
The simple tile work is really pretty
Lots of light even on this gray day.
Looking towards the stadium.
An opposite doorway
Bell Ringers recognized.
More important folks.
Main point to make is that it’s a very meaningful monument for the university. The engravings along the doorway each have symbolic meaning as well. Wish I’d have spent more time studying up, but maybe another time. Naptime is nearly over.
Leaving you with some outward views from this beautiful spot on the campus.
Stately building that may be a museum. My tour guide is currently busy in class.
Park area with walking trail
Trail and bridge
Looking at Fraser Hall. Topmost point of Lawrence Kansas. Aka ‘The Hill’.
Guess I’m antiquated, but no, I’ve never been tatooed. But I like the way this door is accented with the winged windows.
It’s not a fear of needles. I’ve had 3 reconstructive knee surgeries. I’ve seen plenty of beautiful tatoos and meaningful ones. It’s not that I’m against them. I just don’t want one. Kudos to you who have them. I will continue to admire them from afar. From Lawrence, Kansas, I present this Thursday Doors. Please visit Norm 2.0 for other door entries from around the world.
Having reached middle age, the priviledge to take my mother places that she probably wouldn’t go on her own is ranking pretty high on my list. Not to mention being able to include other family members on these excursions. Such was the case for this Thursday Doors post.
I’ve mentioned a few times the Lawrence, Kansas destination we take and the main reason being to visit the eldest daughter, soon to be Dr. Daughter. (Pardon this outburst moment of pride.)
Sitting area overlooking a lovely view
Blake Hall to the right with Fraser Hall directly ahead.
The KU Campus was one of the places we took Mother, aka Grandma, to see. You can hover your mouse over each pic for a descriptive caption. It’s a lovely place to visit, with Fraser Hall’s flags flying in the above photo professing (no pun intended) its claim of being the highest point in Lawrence.
I present the only actual door for this Thursday Doors collection. I know there are many more eye-catching ones but, sorry, they’ll have to wait until next year.
A Bronze Wheat Bundle between Blake and Fraser Halls.
Waving the wheat is a long-standing KU tradition and this bronze is a tribute to that ritual as well as to the state of Kansas and its great farming legacy.
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It is such a hectic time of year for everyone that it’s been hard to fit in family time. Not to mention all the ailments meandering their way around these parts due, in my opinion, to the mild winter we’ve started out with. The persimmons are not holding up to their legend. At least not yet. But we finally managed to saddle up and head to Lawrence, Kansas last Sunday to spend some long needed time with my eldest daughter.
She always has a neat place to take us to try out. This time was no different. And we also got a little history lesson in the process. Enter, Henry T’s.
Sweater weather in Kansas on this December evening. But we were given a little break from the wind that seems always present out here. So this furthest parking spot was not a problem since we needed to stretch out legs anyway.
Hard to get a good shot with or without any filter but I wanted to show the history part of the visit. This is the family plot of the land owners that is Henry T’s namesake. It sits just a few yards from the restaurant. On the business website, they give this little account.
“In 1858 New Hampshire native George Burt moved to Lawrence and Purchased the 160 acres surrounding Henry T’s property in Lawrence. While farming and servicing stagecoaches along the California Trail, he sold half of his claim to his friend Henry T. Davis. On August 21st, 1863, Burt awoke to murder and mayhem. Quantrill and 300 of his Bushwhackers which included Jesse and Frank James, and Cole Younger, attacked Lawrence burning more than 80 buildings and murdering 150 men and boys, including Burt. Henry T. Davis, Davis’s wife and their family were buried in a family cemetery still located in the northwest corner of our property in Lawrence.”
A return during daylight hours is on the agenda.
Basic glass doors this week
First view on our entrance.
Not a fancy door by any means. Sometimes its the legend that gets the attention. Definitely the case here at Henry T’s.
Not to mention the delicious meal. Deep fried pork tenderloin with waffle fries for the farmgirl in my chromosomes. And it was scrumptious!
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