Posts Tagged ‘Louisville’

Chenoweth Massacre

Chenoweth Massacre: July 17, 1789, a dozen or so Shawnee attacked Chenoweth Station, killing 2 soldiers. The family sough refuge in a 2-story stone springhouse. Some reports list 3 children as dead, but this is unlikely. The rescue party was led by Col. Richard Clough Anderson, likely my g…g  uncle. It was the last reported raid in the Louisville area. This is near Middletown, Kentucky, 15 miles from Louisville, near me.

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Bray Place—built by Revolutionary War vet, Samuel Bray in 1796. Abe Lincoln visited in August 1841. Scoggan-Jones operated a Thoroughbred farm from 1888 to 1950s. Lookout, 1893, won the Derby. Frank James visited here Derby eve 1889 and is said to have bribed a jockey. This is on Bashford Manor Lane across Bardstown Road from Bashford Manor. Some Louisville folks think this is Bashford Manor Mansion, but that was torn down to build Bashford Manor Mall.

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Then and now

Zehnder’s Cherokee Park Tavern, 1890s, Baxter Avenue/Bardstown Road, Louisville. Agave and Rye is a restaurant/bar a couple blocks away. The area is still a good place to visit.

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Bashford Manor Horse Farm, Louisville, off Bardstown Road had 3 Kentucky Derby winners: Azra 1892. Manuel 1899. Sir Huon 1906. It is now a shopping center. My heart aches.

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Beer and pickles?

Back then and way back then

1945 Abandoned Wiedemann Brewery, 1401 W. Walnut (Muhammad Ali) Louisville. Behind is Paramount Foods (pickles)—they later moved to the suburbs, Fern Valley Road, before going out of business in the 90s.

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Kentucky Wagon Company founded 1879 made horse-drawn wagons, once largest in the country. Located on Third St., south of the University of Louisville’s main campus. I oncetook math courses, parked in the parking lot of Kentucky Wagon works, most of it has since been torn down. When I sold insurance, the supervisor was related to the Kentucky Fords political family. His father was an owner and went bankrupt. The company was sold and became Kentucky Trailer Company, still going strong.

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Life before suburbs

This is the 975-acre Plainview Dairy Farm owned by R. C. Tway, also the owner of Kentucky Wagon Works (now Kentucky Trailers). Located on Hurstbourne Lane in Jeffersontown, it is now Plainview Subdivision. The farm raised Jersey cows and Saddlebred horses. (The Tway House is not your typical farmhouse!) I hold my SCBWI Socials at the Plainview B&N, so I know the area well.

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Rocking Village

1778—General George Rogers Clark’s Ohio River expedition brings along a few civilians, creating the village of Louisville.

1780—Richard Mentor Johnson was born in one of Louisville’s Beargrass Stations (forts). As an infant he moved to Lexington—served as Vice President under President Van Buren.

1784—Zachary Taylor was born and moved to Louisville as an infant. (exact birthplace unknown, could’ve been Louisville) POTUS 1849-1850.

1786—Abraham Lincoln, grandfather of the president, killed by Indians along the banks of Long Run, a few miles east of Louisville. Long Run Cemetery marks the cabin and his burial place. (Johnson picture, Taylor home)

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Louisville Legend

John Jacob Niles (1893-1980) was born in Louisville. He was a folk song collector, folksinger, and songwriter. In his early years, he was controversial—folk singers weren’t supposed to write songs. I believe I saw him in 1976 in Louisville, but it’s been too long.

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The Legend of Cato Watts

He was a real man, but the facts about him are lost to the mists of time. He was said to be the first slave at Corn Island, the Falls of the Ohio, what later became Louisville. He was said to have played the fiddle for Corn Island’s 1778 first Christmas and was the first person hanged in Louisville.

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