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Massachusetts Street, Lawrence

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
Massachusetts Street is a main thoroughfare through the central business district of downtown Lawrence, Kansas. It begins just south of the Kansas River at Sixth Street and continues south until reaching Haskell Indian Nations University. It takes its name from the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company, which founded Lawrence to populate the Kansas territory with Free-State advocates. In 2014, Mass Street was named the most popular tourist attraction in Kansas by TripAdvisor.The 600 through 1200 block of Massachusetts is also listed on the National Register of Historical Places under Lawrence's Historical District. Most of the buildings were built between 1856 and 1953. Listed separately under the National Register are the Eldridge Hotel, the Douglas County Courthouse and Watkins National Bank . Other listings along Mass Street but not located downtown are the Breezedale Historic District, the Goodrich House, the Edward House House, the Mackie House and the Roberts House .Other historic businesses and sites of interest along Massachusetts Street are Liberty Hall, the Free State Brewing Company, Kansas' first legal brewery in over 100 years, the Round Corner Pharmacy which was the longest-running pharmacy in the state until closing in 2009, the House Building, the only downtown building to survive Quantrill's Raid, the Replay Lounge, the Granada, a former theater and popular music venue. There is also a Japanese Friendship Garden located next to the Watkins Museum, South Park, a city park established when Lawrence was founded in 1854 and Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, located in a former high school built in 1923.
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  • We enjoyed walking down Mass street. There are lots of shops and restaurants. Lots of college kids and a fun vibe. 
  • This is a college town but the hidden gem in Lawrence is its downtown area filled with quaint and wonderful shops, restaurants, clothing stores, and a brewery just to name a few. 
  • Not your typical downtown. Great shopping, bars and food choices. Lawrence is a great town and Mass is the place to go. 
  • I travel for business & pulled something in my neck while visiting Lawrence. I called a number of places to try to get a same day appt- this being one of them. The woman who answered the phone was rude. She asked me what time I wanted a massage & I told her. She said, "well, are you going to show up for sure or not because sometimes people drive up & see this is an apartment and don't come in." She then told me my voice sounded like someone else who made an appt. & never showed up (never had called her ever) I told her due to her demeanor on the phone I wasn't interested. This listing should be removed as an option for a massage in Lawrence.
  • I called to ask about a massage, the phone was answered with a "hello" since I thought I was calling a business I thought I had a wrong number, so I apologized and hung up. I recieved a call back a few minutes later. The lady wanted to know if I had called just a minute ago about recieving a massage. I told her yes I did. She started yelling at me, wanting to know what my problem was, did I want prices, did I want a massage, why would I just call her and say and then say I had a wrong number and hang up on her. I was looking for a relaxing massage, and though I never got one from her, I can tell you my very brief experience was far from that. I will not EVER get a massage here. And unless you like someone yelling and being rude I would suggest you try someone else. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE
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