I visited the Lawrence Visitors Center at the historic Union Pacific railroad Depot this weekend and was impressed with all the information that was available on the history of Lawrence and Kansas. The visitors center is run by the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau who have published 6 self guided tour brochures, including one on Quantrill's Raid of 1863. I am interested in the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War period and the stop at the visitors center was very illuminating. They also have a 25 minute film on the early history of Lawrence which I watched and liked. All of this information and the film were free of charge, which is hard to find nowadays. There was also a ton of free information available on the sights and attractions in the area and state. I also picked up a state map of Kansas and a nice historic map of the area included in the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area which Lawrence is the headquarters of. The visitors center is in a Victorian era railroad depot that has been restored and reopened in 1996. It is a beautiful building and sits right next to 2 active railroad tracks. So if you are a train watcher this is a great place to watch the trains go by. The staff and volunteers were friendly and ready to answer any questions I had. If you are in Lawrence or are passing by on I-70, stop by, you will be happy you did!
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