Letters To The Editor

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor."

Here are actual letters from March 2009

Teepee Was Located
At Gas Station In Grant County
Dear Editor:
In the March 2008 issue of The Kentucky Explorer, Scott Thomas inquired about a teepee located between Corinth and Williamstown, Grant County, Kentucky.
The teepee was located at a gas station/restaurant that belonged to the Hill Top Tavern. I sold gas there for 18¢ to 21¢ per gallon. My best customer was a man who drove for Brown Stove Works. He would stop by about once a week and purchase at least 100 gallons. I pumped gas, changed tires, and helped two brothers who ran the restaurant.
Alonzo C. Richardson
8914 W. Plain Drive
Mason, OH 45040
[email protected]

Chicken Hill
Dear Editor:
Oldham County is in a rural area of Kentucky along the Ohio River. In the middle of the county is a large area of land owned by the Kentucky Department of Corrections. This area contains three prison complexes: Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR), Roederer, and Luther Luckett.
KSR was built in 1936. The main feature is a large tower built in the Art Deco style. After the prison was built, the question came up of what to do with inmates who died in prison when nobody wanted their body, and they had no money to be buried. KSR started a cemetery for these prisoners. In the old days this type of cemetery was called Potters Row or Boot Hill. KSR named the cemetery Chicken Hill, and it is only for indigent inmates. KSR became a medical prison and all the inmates who were too ill to be in other state prisons were sent to KSR, so the cemetery got a lot of use, and is still being used today.
I was not able to find out why it was named Chicken Hill. A record was found in the Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort, Kentucky, indicating that there are three children buried in the cemetery.
I would like to know whose children they were and why they were buried in the inmate cemetery.
Also, I would like to know why the cemetery was named Chicken Hill.
Perhaps Kentucky Explorer readers can answer these questions.
Franklin Knecht
P. O. Box 6
LaGrange, KY 40031