Nestled amidst the rolling hills of what many deem a “flyover state” lies a small, bustling metropolis. With a colorful history and even more colorful present, the university town of Lawrence, KS has a lot to bring to the table. Dating back to the Civil War, residents of the area have prided themselves in being called Jayhawk(er)s. In the 1850s, the term was used by anti-slavery “free-staters” fighting the Bleeding Kansas border conflict with Missouri. Today, Lawrence and the University of Kansas Jayhawks are riding the exhilarating wave of winning this year’s NCAA basketball championship. Lawrence is a fun town with a sense of humor, but there are a few things it takes very seriously: pride in its history, college sports, and good food.

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