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Monuments and Milestones
1950 - 1969
The economy in Lawrence received a big boost when major businesses in town expanded or when new ones were built. The Kansas Color Press expanded and Westvaco Chemical built a sodium plant north of Lawrence. Stokely Company expanded its canning plant on 10th Street and Kansas Power and Light announced a large construction project. This trend continued during the decade and brought Lawrence more than $40 million in revenue.
During the 1960s, Lawrence doubled in size and enrollment at the University of Kansas had rebounded from a war-time lull. Even though Lawrence was growing, it maintained its small town appeal and eccentricity.
Important dates during this time period:
1950 – Start of the Korean War
1954 – Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education – separate but equal ruled unconstitutional
1959 – Castro takes over Cuba
1960 – John F. Kennedy elected president
1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis
1963 – Civil Rights march in Washington/ Kennedy assassinated
1965 – Malcolm X assassinated
1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
1969 – Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon