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."
actual letters from May 2015
Memories Of Jackson County
I just want to say how much I like The Kentucky Explorer. Each
month I can't hardly wait to receive my copy, in which there
are so many interesting things to read.
I enjoyed the photo of the boys from Jackson County High School,
which was submitted by Charles Harrison and appeared in the March
I went to Jackson County High School in 1954. I know most of
the boys in the photo, for we were all in school together.
Also, the photo of Leonard Harrison and his family brought back
so many memories of things that are so important. My sister was
married to Leonard Harrison's brother, Clyde.
I would like to thank Charles Harrison for all the photos and
information he submits to the magazine; these really bring back
memories for me.
My parents, Woodrow and Blanche Phillips, had 16 children. There
are 10 of us still living.
I don't get to Jackson County much anymore. I was nine years
old when my family moved there. Dad worked at Dan Hacker's sawmill.
We lived at the head of Sand Lick. Mom always told us about God
and showed us the right way. There were hard times as well as
good times. My friend, Tilda Gabbard, and I used to fish at Drip
I have twin brothers buried at Sand Lick. I want to go back there
once more. It really breaks my heart to see all the changes.
I would like to thank the staff of The Explorer for publishing
the magazine and all those who send in memories.
113 Hager Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
Enjoys Old Articles/Photos
I live at Louisa in Lawrence County, Kentucky. Every month I
enjoy reading The Kentucky Explorer from front to back. I get
a really good feeling reading the stories of long ago up to the
I encourage people to subscribe to this magazine.
Sometimes there are articles that tell of things I used to hear
my parents talk about. I know some of the people in the photos.
My eyes water sometimes, but I keep on reading. Mom always said,
"a good cry won't hurt anybody." I get really emotional
reading and looking at the photos.
Keep up the good work.
When I used to travel through Eastern Kentucky, I heard good
comments from Gov. Louie B. Nunn regarding the area. We were
campaigning in the counties of Johnson, Magoffin, Knott, Perry,
H. D. Daniels
2073 Highway 2565
Louisa, KY 41230
Pope Lick Monster
I would like to know if any Kentucky Explorer readers have heard
of the Pope Lick Monster which is reported to live beneath a
Norfolk Southern Railway trestle over Floyd's Fork Creek in the
Fisherville area of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
If anyone has any information, other than what is on the Internet,
please contact me.
2980 Sequoia Drive, #3
Edgewood, KY 41017
Henry Crist Was Prominent
Citizen Of Bullitt County
Henry Crist was prominent in the early history of Bullitt County.
Land records, court documents, and Collins' History of Kentucky
show him as a pioneer businessman, land speculator, Indian fighter,
builder, farmer, judge, state representative, state senator,
and United States Congressman. He was born in 1764 and came to
this area in 1780, at age 16. He was acquiring land and learning
the saltmaking trade.
Crist was an early saltmaker, operating at Bullitts Lick and
at Long Lick. His exploits at the Battle of the Kettles are recorded
in Kentucky histories. He built the first Bullitt County Courthouse
in 1804. He served as a justice of the peace for many years and
was named state representative in 1795, from Nelson County, and
again in 1806, from Bullitt County. He served in the state senate
from 1800 to 1804 and was elected to the United States Congress
in 1809, being the only Bullitt Countian to serve in the U. S.
He died in 1844 near Shepherdsville, and in 1869, his remains
were reinterred at the State Cemetery at Frankfort.
His children married into prominent Bullitt, Nelson, and Spencer
county families: Thomas, Hamilton, Osborn, Swearingen, Hibbs,
Cartmell, Raymond, Harris, Alexander, Morgan, and Roby. Many
of his descendants still live in Bullitt and surrounding counties.
Shepherdsville attorney Burlyn Pike became fascinated with Crist,
after seeing his name in land and court records in Bullitt County.
He began writing a book on Crist's activities, and collecting
information on his descendants. For several years, I helped Mr.
Pike with the research, and after his death, his widow asked
me to continue the work. I have mostly completed the biography
section, currently working on the descendant section. I would
like to hear from descendants of Henry Crist and descendants
of Crist's siblings, Cath-erine (Crist) Cartmell Leewright, Nicholas
Crist, Rebecca (Crist) Cartmell, and Jacob Crist.
Betty R. Darnell
171 Anna Lee Drive
Taylorsville KY 40071
These are just samples of
the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.