Mount Oread // is a hill in Lawrence, Kansas. The University of Kansas is on it. 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.
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
|Elevation||1,037 ft (316 m)|
|Age of rock||Carboniferous|
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.