Lawrence lies on both banks of the Kansas River, locally known as “the Kaw.” Each part has its own character. North Lawrence played a part in Lawrence’s pre-Civil War political struggles and is still a distinctive and dynamic community within the city today.
Before the 1903 flood, North Lawrence included four blocks west of what is now North 2nd Street. Nearly one-third of North Lawrence was added to the channel of the Kaw River by that disastrous flood. Thanks to the Bowersock Dam flooding is no longer the threat it once was.
The Lawrence Visitors Center is located in the historic Union Pacific Train Depot at 402 North 2nd. Volunteers will give you tips on what to see and do during your visit.
Motorcycle enthusiasts will want to check out Slowride Roadhouse Bar and Grill. Kansas City Ride Guide magazine gave it a nod in an article about the scenic rides around Lawrence and Douglas County.
North Lawrence can also claim “the most iconic bar in Kansas” according to Thrillist.com. Since 1953, Johnny’s Tavern has been the place to go for hamburgers and “the longest running tap in Lawrence.” A more recent addition to the area is the Levee Café with a nice outdoor dining space when the weather is nice. It’s open for breakfast and lunch Tues. to Sun., and dinner Thurs.-Sat. (We at Stephens highly recommend it. Mary Holt, wife of Stephens’ own Evan Holt, is the owner/operators of this fun cafe.)
A charming cluster of vintage, antique and home furnishing stores sit near the intersection of 7th and Locust Streets. There are several shops to browse including Tooter and Tillaye’s, Amy’s Attic, and The Art House.
North Lawrence has a great jogging, mountain bike, walking and dog-walk trail, recognized in Outside Magazine as one of the best in Kansas. The Lawrence River Trail is located on the north bank of the river and runs along the top of the levee on the outskirts of town. This crushed stone 9 mile trail offers views of nearby farmland and the river as well as downtown Lawrence, on the opposite bank.
If it’s been a while since you crossed the bridge for a visit to North Lawrence, we recommend you explore that area again. And when you’re ready to buy or sell a home we recommend you give Stephens Real Estate a call. Our agents know the Lawrence market and have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. Call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.