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Monuments and Milestones
1901 - 1919
The turn of the century was a time when America was experiencing amazing growth and progress, but also war.
In 1903, a large flood devastated Lawrence. A house swept away by the flood destroyed the bridge across the Kaw River, cuting off rail, telephone, and telegraph service and stranding residents.
In 1908, the appearance of cars became a regular occurrence on Massachusetts Street. A group of 35 cars made a run to Kansas City, but many were unable to finish the rugged trip.
A tornado in April 1911 swept through Lawrence during the evening hours killing two and devastating the business district.
Important dates during this time period:
1901 – President McKinley assassinated/Teddy Roosevelt becomes president
1914 – World War I begins
1917 – United States enters World War I
1918 – End of World War I
1919 – Treaty of Versailles