Lawrence, Kansas

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Dean: Why Lawrence?
Chuck: I don't know. It all has to end where it started, I guess.

Dean Winchester and Chuck Shurley, 5.22 Swan Song

Lawrence, Kansas is the hometown of the Winchesters. According to their police records, both Dean and Sam were born in Lawrence. The Winchesters left Lawrence shortly after their mother, Mary's death (apparently for New MexicoBoM, p. 41).

The Campbells lived in Lawrence, and that is where Mary met John. John was born in Normal, Illinois, to Millie and Henry Winchester. He moved to Lawrence sometime after Henry's disappearance [1].

Other Lawrence residents included:

Meg's victims in 1.16 Shadow, Ben Swardstrom and Meredith McDonnell, were both born in Lawrence.

Lawrence is visited in 1.01 Pilot, 1.09 Home, 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be, 4.03 In the Beginning, 5.22 Swan Song and 12.09 First Blood. 2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, has been considered by fans to be set there because Mary's grave is visited, but the Devil's Road Map from the Season 2 DVD indicates that episode occurred in Greenville, Illinois.S2DVD

During one of the voiceovers reading from Chuck's "Swan Song" manuscript, he says that Sam and Dean would go to Jayhawks games. The main campus of the University of Kansas is in Lawrence. The Kansas Jayhawks are the mascot/team name for all of the school's athletic teams.

Official Proclamation

Official Proclamation of Lawrence as the Winchester's hometown.

On November 18th, 2020, ahead of the series finale, Jennifer Ananda the Mayor of Lawrence, Kansas proclaimed Lawrence as the hometown of Sam and Dean Winchester in honor of the end of the show's 15 year run. The proclamation noted “"While never perfect, Sam & Dean Winchester fought for what was right & good ― family, friends, fairness and helping others. They represent true Kansans, & especially Lawrencians, rising literally from the flames of death more than once, & persevering through difficulties."

Lawrence and its Ghost Stories

Lawrence and its surroundings have a couple of urban legends that are notable, e.g. the Stull Cemetery, which might just be a gate to hell. The graveyard has a church that has been abandoned since 1922 - it is said that rain won't fall over the roofless remains of the church, and an upside-down hanging crucifix will turn upside down when someone nears. BoM

Eric Kripke said in more than one interview that he chose Lawrence, Kansas on purpose, because of a very famous urban legend which originates there, possibly referring to the Lawrence Stull Cemetery "Gate to Hell". Stull Cemetery was set to be the location for Armageddon - the final showdown between Michael and Lucifer in 5.22 Swan Song.

In Lawrence itself there's a haunted hotel called The Eldridge Hotel - apparently, the fifth floor is the most haunted . (The hotel's cornerstone was salvaged from burning ruins after Lawrence was destroyed by the Quantrill's Raiders in the Civil War.)BoM (Further Reading.)

The Haskell Indian Nations University is haunted by the spirits of Indian children who died there over the years due to the cruelty of the teachers.BoM