February 2013

Scroll down and view just a sample of the many

photos you will see each month

in The Kentucky Explorer magazine.

Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N) Depot, Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky, ca 1909. In 1871 the L&N Railroad completed an Evansville to Nashville trunk line that passed through Madisonville and Hopkinsville. This provided a significant and much needed impetus to the coal-mining economy of these two Western Kentucky cities. By 1910 Madisonville had become a coal center and a major railroad junction, with 25 passenger trains departing daily. In 1925 a local paper declared Madisonville to be the "Queen City of the Coalfields and the Best Town on Earth." This postcard image reveals baggage left by a passenger alongside the railroad tracks as he/she waits inside the depot for the approaching train. See article inside the February 2013 issue. (Postcard photo courtesy of Carl Howell.)

L&N Depot and Stagecoach, Lebanon, Marion County, Kentucky, ca. 1909. This Lebanon postcard image reveals in vivid detail a scene common in some of the larger Kentucky communities during the early 1900s after the train has arrived. This view of "the other side of the tracks" shows, in addition to the train engine, numerous passengers and local residents standing in front of a large hotel known as the Guthrie House. The stagecoach and its driver, a man by the name of Charles Moore, at right, have just transported passengers from Springfield (Washington County) to the Lebanon Depot. A few can be seen among those who are about to get on the train for the next leg of their journey. Commercial and private travelers were important contributors to the economy. The railroad arrived in Lebanon on November 10, 1857, and trains were operating on it by March 1858. In 1859 eight southbound and seven northbound trains passed through daily. By 1866 the tracks were extended to Stanford, 37 miles away, then to Richmond by 1868. By 1883 the track had been extended to the Tennessee line. See article in the February 2013 issue. (Postcard photo courtesy of Carl Howell.)

The Livingston Blue Devils of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, proudly displayed the 1965 46th District Championship Trophy. The team defeated the Memorial Mustangs of Lincoln County by one point in the tournament. Cheerleaders, l-r: Pat Robinson, Silva Holcomb, Linda Bales, Carcille Carloftis, Martha Leach, and Sue Bales. Team, l-r: Danny Hinton, Phil Childress, Billy Wyatt, Joe Bowman, Team Manager Jimmy Fordyce, Delbert Owens, Ronnie Taylor, Jerry Poynter, Billy "Red" Bryant, Lonnie Vanzant, Coach Preston Parrett, Bert Newcomb, Vernon Sams, Gary Mink, and Assistant Coach Kenneth Cornelius. See the complete article on "The Little Team That Could" on page 39 of the February 2013 issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
(Photo submitted by David Owens.)

Bud Smith of Bud Smith Photography, 4300 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY 40214; 502/366-4962; bud@bud-smith.com, shares this photo and writes: "This photo was found in my grandmother's photo box. Her name was Maude Mae Morgan, born January 19, 1892, in Camp Creek, Leslie County, Kentucky. Her parents were Fredrick Marshall Morgan and Lovina Wells. Maude married my grandfather, Elmer C. Smith (born September 4, 1896), on March 17, 1918, at the Regular Baptist Church in Lothair, Perry County. My father, Harold Eugene Smith, was born January 9, 1921, in Hazard, Perry County. My aunt, Aline Wilner Smith, was also born in Hazard. Grandfather was a carpenter and worked for the L&N Railroad, building trestles, when he met Grandmother, who was teaching in Hazard. Grandmother grew up on the Morgan Homestead in Camp Creek outside of Hyden, Leslie County, that was later bought by George Wooten. She went to Berea College to become a teacher. I would appreciate any information about this photo. I don't know anything about the Azulikit Club, but I would be interested in knowing if Grandmother is shown in the group."


Come along and explore with our thousands of readers.

The Kentucky Explorer Contains Over 100 Photos Each Month.