Lawrence, Kansas: More Than Flyover Country (Part 3, Quirky/Beautiful)

[Erin Schramm (along with her trusty side-dog, Clara) is an elementary school Library Media Specialist (read: school librarian) currently living in Lawrence, KS. She enjoys books, Lays Dill Pickle potato chips, and that trusty side-dog mentioned above.]

[Ed. note: This is part 3 of 3 in our series on delightful Lawrence, Kansas. Previously, we strolled down Mass. St. and stuffed our faces.]

You’ll never be at a loss for bizarre sights in downtown Lawrence.

If you don’t like dogs, this place may not be your cup of tea: they’re everywhere.

It’s impossible to walk down the street without running into at least one busker. They’re usually quite talented.

OK, fine. Despite the fact that I care less than less about sports, no profile of Lawrence would be complete without mentioning the many rabid KU fans that wander the streets alongside us non-sporting folks. They’re kind of hard to avoid.

Chamber orchestras, string quartets, and jazz bands play free concerts in the summer at this giant gazebo.

The streets of Lawrence are almost completely tree-lined. In the fall, gorgeous colors can be seen throughout many neighborhoods.

This train car, built in 1902, was used in freight service in the Lawrence area from 1908-1952. It traveled more than 870,000 miles and originally cost a little more than $20,000. The locomotive is located on the northeast section of Buford M. Watson Jr. Park. Many children refer to this park as “train park” because of the locomotive.

There are some pretty spectacular views while driving on the outskirts of town. This is what I’m currently seeing as I make my way to Topeka, where I work as an elementary school librarian. Contrary to popular belief, Northeast Kansas is quite hilly and not at all like the flat, barren land that makes up the western half of the state.

I hope I’ve been able to give you just the smallest glimpse into why we Lawrencians love our town so much. While our photographic journey ends here, there are many more amazing places in Lawrence that I simply had no room to show you. That’s OK: it’s a great excuse to come for a visit.