Mount Oread

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Mount Oread
Overlooking Lawerence and the Kansas River. (Boston Public Library) (cropped).jpg
Old North College, the first building on the University of Kansas campus, at the northeast promontory of Mount Oread, looking north over Lawrence and the Kansas River, ca. 1867
Highest point
Elevation1,037 ft (316 m)
Coordinates38°57′47.32″N 95°15′25.51″W / 38.9631444°N 95.2570861°W / 38.9631444; -95.2570861Coordinates: 38°57′47.32″N 95°15′25.51″W / 38.9631444°N 95.2570861°W / 38.9631444; -95.2570861
Age of rockCarboniferous

Mount Oread /ˈɔːri.æd/ is a hill in Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas is on it.[1] It is on the water divide between the Kansas and Wakarusa rivers. It was named after the Oread Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. The hill was first called Hogback Ridge by many Lawrence residents until the Oread name was chosen in 1866.[2]

For emigrants going west by wagon train on the Oregon Trail, "The Hill" was the next big topographical challenge after crossing the Wakarusa River near today's Haskell Indian Nations University.

The Oread, a hotel on Mount Oread, about one block south of the Old North College site.

The United States Geological Survey says that Mount Oread is about 1,037 feet (316 m) above sea level. Downtown Lawrence is about 846 feet (258 m) above sea level. Mount Oread was whereWilliam Quantrill's raid into Lawrence on August 21, 1863, during the American Civil War, happened. The campus of the University of Kansas (KU) is on Mount Oread.

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  1. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 331.
  2. "This Week in KU History". Archived from the original on 2012-11-30.

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