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  • Frank And Jesse James Are The Focus Of Many Legends

    Frank And Jesse James Are The Focus Of Many Legends

    Did Jesse James Commit Suicide? By Gerald W. Fischer 2016 Frank and Jesse James became adopted sons of the state of Kentucky, and their Civil War exploits, coupled with family ... Read More
  • Martin B-26 Marauder War Plane Crashed In Leslie County In 1943

    Martin B-26 Marauder War Plane Crashed In Leslie County In 1943

    Two Perry County Residents Witnessed Bomber In Trouble By Freddie Miniard – 2002  Editor’s Note: After requests from our readers, regarding the plane crash in Leslie County, Kentucky, in 1943, ... Read More
  • Witnesses Describe First Fight Of Civil War In Kentucky

    Witnesses Describe First Fight Of Civil War In Kentucky

      Oklahoman Says The First Gun Was Fired And The First Blood Was Shed In Cave City, Barren County; One Federal Troop Killed Author Unknown – 1894  Passing down the ... Read More
  • Bloodstains From 1890 Are Still Visible On Stairway At U. S. Capitol

    Bloodstains From 1890 Are Still Visible On Stairway At U. S. Capitol

      William P. Taulbee, U. S. Representative From Magoffin County, Kentucky, Was Shot By Correspondent In Washington, D. C. By Woodson Reynolds – 2016  Author’s Note: If one takes a ... Read More
  • Kentucky’s Famous Bandit Chief Captured in Lee County, Virginia

    Kentucky’s Famous Bandit Chief Captured in Lee County, Virginia

    Final Chapter In The Blood Stained History Of A Thoroughly Organized Gang Of Desperados Author Unknown – 1906  After a series of exciting adventures, Frank Ball, mountain desperado, but related ... Read More
  • Capt. Jack McLain/McLean Lived A Sorrowful Life

    Capt. Jack McLain/McLean Lived A Sorrowful Life

    Buried On The Highest Hill Overlooking Burkesville By Joyce Stover – 2016  One should not have favorite ancestors, but I can’t help being thrilled at reading about the brother of ... Read More
  • The Life And Disappointments Of Gen. George Baird Hodge

    The Life And Disappointments Of Gen. George Baird Hodge

    Hodge’s Support For Kentucky’s Neutrality Goes Awry By Dr. Marshall Myers – 2016 The Civil War must have been a very frustrating experience for Confederate Gen. George Baird Hodge of ... Read More
  • An Interview With A Remarkable Man And Woman In 1880

    An Interview With A Remarkable Man And Woman In 1880

    Interesting Facts Concerning Martin Van Buren Bates And His Lovely Wife, Anna H. Swan Bates Author Unknown – May 1880  The public mind has been excited by the wonderful stories ... Read More
  • President Of Olive Hill Bank Mysteriously Disappears In 1912

    President Of Olive Hill Bank Mysteriously Disappears In 1912

    John William Shumate Was Active In Rowan Co. Election Trouble By James D. Reeder – 2016  Sometime early in 1912, John William Shumate, president of the Olive Hill National Bank, ... Read More
  • Troops Sent To Bell County To Suppress Mine War In 1924

    Troops Sent To Bell County To Suppress Mine War In 1924

    Women And Children Were Removed From Scene Of Battle The Harlan Enterprise – April 11, 1924  That the warfare between miners and the Liberty Coal & Coke Company at Straight ... Read More
  • Isaiah Coalter Was An Effective Guerrilla In Ky

    Isaiah Coalter Was An Effective Guerrilla In Ky

    Morgan Coalter Cemetery Discovered In Anderson County By Gerald W. Fischer 2016 Author’s note: Isaiah Coalter’s name has been spelled Colter, Coulter, Coalter, and as Collier. Names were often incorrectly ... Read More
  • Long Tom: An Enduring Legend Of Cumberland Gap

    Long Tom: An Enduring Legend Of Cumberland Gap

    This Long-Rifled Cannon Was Very Important To Thousands Of “Billy Yanks” And “Johnny Rebs” By Dr. Robert Kincaid 1953 In Kentucky Magazine   Twice a weapon of Confederate troops, twice ... Read More
  • William Kelly Entered The Iron Industry In Lyon Co. In 1845

    William Kelly Entered The Iron Industry In Lyon Co. In 1845

    Purchased The Eddyville Furnace From The Cobb Family By Odell Walker 2009    William Kelly was born and reared in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He married Mildred Gracey of Eddyville, Lyon County, ... Read More
  • Early Underground Coal Mining In Kentucky

    Early Underground Coal Mining In Kentucky

    The First Commercial Coal Mine Opened In The Western Coalfield In Muhlenberg County In 1820; Eastern Coalfield In Floyd Co. In 1900 John W. Bassett and Harry L. Washburn 1950 ... Read More
  • Nine Trials Followed The Murder Of Governor Goebel

    Nine Trials Followed The Murder Of Governor Goebel

    Indictments Returned, Arthur Goebel Testifies, Youtsey Insists Innocence And Becomes Courtroom Entertainment By L. F. Johnson ca. 1920 On April 16, 1900, the grand jury of Franklin County, Kentucky, returned ... Read More
  • Gen. John Croxton Never Faltered To Save The Union

    Gen. John Croxton Never Faltered To Save The Union

    This Ardent Emancipationist Was Appointed By President Lincoln As The Lieutenant Colonel Of The Fourth Kentucky Mounted Infantry Dr. Marshall Myers 2016 Union men volunteered for service in the Civil ... Read More
  • Perryville Casualty Highlights Fratricidal Nature Of Civil War

    Perryville Casualty Highlights Fratricidal Nature Of Civil War

    Of The More Than 7,500 Soldiers Killed At Perryville, Only One Lone Rebel Is Buried In The Lexington Cemetery By Stuart W. Sanders When Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle raged ... Read More
  • Western Kentucky Belle Was Buffalo Bill’s Secret Love

    Western Kentucky Belle Was Buffalo Bill’s Secret Love

    Old Letters Confirm The Showman’s Courtship With Molly Moses By George T. Wilson When the widow Molly Moses died in Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky, she left behind a trunk full ... Read More
  • “Burning Spring” Played A Part In The Naming Of The Tug Fork

    “Burning Spring” Played A Part In The Naming Of The Tug Fork

    Geographical Names Of Quaint Origin Old News Clipping – 1927 Few people know the interesting story connected with the naming of the Tug Fork of Big Sandy River. There are ... Read More
  • Famous Meetings Long Ago On “The Dark And Bloody Ground”

    Famous Meetings Long Ago On “The Dark And Bloody Ground”

    Dr. Marshall Was A Polished Scholar Who Deplored His Early “Affairs Of Honor;” A Look At Tragic Experiences Of Gen. Classius M. Clay Author Unknown 1890 A few months ago, ... Read More
  • Thanksgiving Was No Piece Of Pie For Bumpkins

    Thanksgiving Was No Piece Of Pie For Bumpkins

    By Jonas Hollon – ca. 1985 Most folks recognize the phrase “Over the river and through the woods…” as the beginning of a nostalgic poem about Thanksgiving Day. The poem ... Read More
  • University of Kentucky Basketball Team, 1937-38

    University of Kentucky Basketball Team, 1937-38

    University of Kentucky Basketball Team, 1937-38. Seated, l-r: Head Coach Adolph Rupp, Harris Walker (Maysville, Kentucky), Robert Davis (Dayton, Kentucky), Ed Gough (Lexington, Kentucky), Charles Combs (Happy, Kentucky), J. Rice ... Read More
  • WWII Soldier’s Letters Relate War Experiences

    WWII Soldier’s Letters Relate War Experiences

    Honored For Bravery; Returns Safely Home To Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky By Cynthia Long John Walker volunteered for service in WWII. He was in the Battle of Normandy and completed ... Read More
  • Germantown Is Home To Two Tobacco Setter Manufacturers

    Germantown Is Home To Two Tobacco Setter Manufacturers

    By John Henderson Cities and towns all across Kentucky boast of what they are most famous. I suppose Germantown, located in Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky, would qualify as the ... Read More
  • The End Of The Ride: General Patton’s Fatal Accident

    The End Of The Ride: General Patton’s Fatal Accident

    Young Union County Private Was The General’s Chauffeur Editor’s Note: Denver Fugate wrote the following article 20 years ago in December 1995 for Armor Magazine, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Mr. Fugate, ... Read More
  • Squire Boone Has Rich History In Kentucky

    Squire Boone Has Rich History In Kentucky

    Down The Backroads Submitted by By Sherry Lee – 2015          Squire Boone, Sr., was born in England in 1696. Squire’s parents were George Boone and Mary Maugridge. In 1717 Squire, ... Read More
  • Recalling Indian Summer And “Tater Hole” Times

    Recalling Indian Summer And “Tater Hole” Times

    Down The Backroads Submitted by By Bob Smith – 2015          Historians tell us that Indian Summer is a term coined by early settlers along the frontiers of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, ... Read More
  • The Simple Life In Old Kentucky

    The Simple Life In Old Kentucky

    The Mountaineers Lived As Did Their Forefathers Kansas City Star – 1906          One of the most interesting classes of people in the United States is the Kentucky mountaineer. Shut off ... Read More
  • Gum Grove Farm Destroyed By Night Riders In Black Patch War

    Gum Grove Farm Destroyed By Night Riders In Black Patch War

    Albert A. Cardin Was One Of Western Ky.’s Top Farmers Submitted by By Brenda Underdown – 2014          During the early 1900s, one of Crittenden County’s best- known residents, Albert H. ... Read More
  • “Silent Night:” The WWI Christmas Truce Of 1914

    “Silent Night:” The WWI Christmas Truce Of 1914

    Submitted by Allen Booth – 2015          All soldiers have indelible memories of the time that they spent “in harm’s way” under battle conditions or perhaps something they saw or experienced ... Read More
  • We Want A Good Road To Cumberland Falls

    We Want A Good Road To Cumberland Falls

    Back in 1927, people in and around Corbin, Kentucky, kept asking how they could get to Cumberland Falls. Up until this point, most people had only seen the falls in ... Read More