Posts Tagged ‘Louisville’

Hail the God of Healing!

September is Bourbon Heritage Month. I salute Kentucky Bourbon! Borvo was a Celtic god of healing springs. The name comes from an ancient root berw- meaning brew, boil. One temple was at Bourbonne-les-Bains, Gaul, now France hence the modern Kentucky name. Coincidence, I suppose, but who knows? [alcohol-free Bourbon now available]

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Doctors can’t be wrong

Miller’s Restaurant (Later Miller’s Cafeteria) operated 1898 to 1998. My Dad ate there in the 90s when he worked nearby, he loved their food. It started out as an 1830 mansion, Howard Hardy House, becoming a boarding house for the University of Louisville Medical School.

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Kentucky treasure

Bernheim Forest is a 16,000 acre private forest/park open to the public. it is about 30 miles south of Louisville. This is the Overlook, near the fire tower, at the highest point in the park. Long way down.

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In the giant’s lair

Charles Suddeth has the audacity to nose around a pregnant giant’s home while she sleeps.

Bernheim Forest Giants 081322 Thomas Suddeth photos.

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Kingfish opened its first restaurant Derby Day 1948 on the Ohio River, 4th Street, Louisville, just a cement block building, carryout. My family would go in their boats—we would order Fish Boxes for 2 (fish, fries, hushpuppies, bread) and eat in our boats.

Later, Kingfish built regular restaurants. Currently, they have one on the river in Louisville and across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana. They have the world’s best hushpuppies. I have gone there and ordered coffee and hushpuppies for a meal. By car, our family boats are a thing of the past.

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Louisville Original

1884, Phillip Mazzoni opened Mazzoni’s Bar on 3rd & Market, downtown Louisville.  With his 2 brothers, he sold ROLLED OYSTERS—3 oysters dipped in egg/milk/cornmeal, rolled in cracker crumbs and deep fried. They lasted until 2008 when an oyster scarcity drove them out of business—rolled oysters are still available in some Louisville restaurants. I learned about them from my father, Charles G. Suddeth, who went there around 1940 with his father, Lawrence Suddeth. (Near my house is Mazzoni’s Pizza, no word on oyster toppings)

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John Jacob Niles (1892–1980), born in Louisville had 2 musical careers. He was a composer and opera singer. His second career was collecting, writing, and performing folk music. He was one of the first to use and champion the mountain dulcimer and performed at the Newport Folk Festival. He was influential in the rise of 50s and 60s folk music. Two of his most famous songs were “I wonder as I wander” and “Go ‘way from my window,” the latter being quoted in a Bob Dylan song. Iroquois Park had Kentucky Music Weekends starting in 1976, but I don’t recall him being there—perhaps his health was poor by then. [Boot Hill Farm, Winchester]

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You won’t come home from Eleven Jones Cave! As the story goes, about 200 years ago the 11 Jones brothers were bank robbers and hid their loot in 11 rooms which have been closed off/hidden. Whoever finds it is rich! The more likely but less fun reason for its name is early local residents, Levin Powell and John Jones. (Other legends mention a Civil War hideout and 7 more entrances that are hidden or currently unknown)

The cave is located off Beargrass Creek, behind Louisville’s St. Xavier High School off Poplar Level Road. [Warning: high carbon dioxide concentration, only for experienced, equipped cavers]

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Old time ferry

Carter Ferry connected Portland (now the Louisville west end) with New Albany, Indiana.

In 1814, Col. Aaron Fontaine (1753-1823) purchased the ferry, it became Fontaine Ferry (pronounced fountain). In 1887, it changed hands and a hotel and bandstand was built. In 1905 it became Fontaine Ferry Amusement Park, which I visited as a kid. It closed in 1969. [Belle of Louisville steamboat is still in operation]


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National Treasure

Little Loomhouse on Kenwood Hill near Iroquois Park, Louisville. 1898, it became a cultural center where the Hill Sisters wrote “Happy Birthday.” In 1939, a weaving program began which is still in operation—tours and workshops available. The three cabins constructed 1870-1896: Esta Cabin (stairs), Tophouse, and Wisteria (white doors). Though this is close, I have never visited it. http://littleloomhouse.org/llh1/wp/?page_id=1770

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