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Lawrence, Mass. Semi-centennial

Lawrence Public Library

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The city started the 50th anniversary of Lawrence's incorporation as a city on Monday June 1, 1903. Homing pigeons were freed at the Dracut Car Barn at 7:00 AM to later come to roost in the Lawrence coops. There were monetary prizes for the fastest birds. For the next three days they hosted a variety of activities including athletic events, literary exercises, concerts, parades, and fireworks. The athletic activities included conventional track and field, but also 3-legged, sack, relay, bicycle, and whippet races. Organized team competitions included American football, cricket, Gaelic football, baseball, and rugby. Swimming matches took place in the Merrimack River above the dam. A regatta on the river was accompanied by a band concert. Turn Verein performed gymnastic exercises. A clay pigeon shoot was held on Merrimac Street.

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