March 2011

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These young people gathered in 1927 on 111 Boone Avenue in Winchester, Clark County, Kentucky, in front of the home pictured on page 4. They are (not in order) Joe Kidd, Dan Stone, Nancye Gordon, Billie Dakin, Elizabeth Reese, Grims Hatcher, Ikey Mossbarger, Mary Denilli, and Hal Dudley. This photo belonged to Nancy Gordon and is submitted by her great-nephew William Hunt, 138 Lana Lane, Winchester, KY 40391;


A. L. Owens General Store was located in Burr, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. It was here residents of the area conducted their business and gathered to find out about community happenings. Read all about the Owens General Store in the March 2011 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
(Photo courtesy of David Owens.)

Locomotive No. 1979 (Berkshire Class, 2-8-4, M-1 Series), the "Big Emma," on the turntable at Dent Yard, Perry County, Kentucky. The yard was only active for a few years during the 1950s. Read all about the Railway Growth And Operations In the Upper Kentucky River Valley in the March 2011 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.

(Photo courtesy of Jerry Rose.) 

A 1900 view of Devil's Hollow Bridge located in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. Frankfort citizens were disturbed over the condition of the road which lead from this bridge to Frankfort in 1895. Read the old article in the March 2011 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.


This unidentified group gathered for this photo ca. 1890s while on the upper deck of The Gus Fowler. For 14 years, the steamboat faithfully served as a daily packet between Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois, without an accident of any consequence. The Gus Fowler was one of the best-known boats that ever navigated the Ohio River. The steamer was sold, in March of 1898, by the Evansville, Paducah, and Cairo Packet Line to S. Castleman and Capt. W. D. Pugh of Yazoo City, Mississippi, who were well connected with one of the largest Southern packet lines. The terms of the sale were private, but it was reported to the Paducah Daily Sun that $4,000 was paid for the handsome steamer. In 1897 Captain Pugh had purchased the steamer Ashland City, and about the same time bought a boat at Madison, Indiana. The Fowler was carried to the Mississippi River to ply between Natchez and Vicksburg. The Grand Rivers Tourism Commission has compiled these scenes along with many others into a pictorial history available on compact disc. The proceeds of this project go to the Grand Rivers History Club to assist with the preservation of the original copies of these photos. For further information contact The Grand Rivers Tourism Commission, P. O. Box 181, Grand Rivers, KY 42058; 888/493-1052;

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