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A century seems forever

This is Taylor Blvd in 1907 Louisville. The hill is Iroquois Park, the other direction is now the Watterson Expressway. This road is now very urban, even in the 60s it didn’t look this way.

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1930s Louisville area. This is a section of Shelbyville Road between Middletown and St. Matthews. On the left must be Oxmoor Farm (now Oxmoor Mall). To get to Oxmoor Mansion, it was necessary to ford a creek. In the background, Watterson Expressway now crosses the road.  I would like these times back.

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At 6,500 acres (10 sq. miles), Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest urban forest in  the country. It is located a few miles south of Louisville near Fairdale Kentucky in the Kentucky Knobs Region. Among its many attractions are bear sightings and–drum roll–Bigfoot sightings (no photos available!). Don’t hike alone.

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Chenoweth Massacre

On July 17, 1789, Shawnees forded the Ohio River and attacked Chenoweth Station, near Middletown KY, home of Richard Chenoweth, one of Louisville’s first settlers. 3 Chenoweth children and 2 soldiers were killed, and the house was burned down. His wife, Peggy Chenoweth, was scalped but lived. The survivors fled to this 2-story springhouse (still standing). A force from Linn’s Station rescued them. It was led by Col. Richard Clough Anderson (likely my great…great uncle) but included William Clark, later of Lewis and Clark.

The Shawnee probably came from Tullytown (near Charlestown IN) and Muscatatuck (near North Vernon IN). They forded the Ohio River at Bull Creek where Armstrong Station was built, maybe to prevent more massacres. [my childhood home was built on Armstrong Station’s remains]

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Cabin Located

This cabin was built in 1784 as part of the Isaac Hite Plantation and Mill (Cave Spring Plantation)—now Tom Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Kentucky. It has been moved about a mile and is for sale–$1,300,000.

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Magic Bridge Aglow

This is the Lincoln Bridge, taking northbound I-65 across the Ohio River. Photo taken from the Indiana side, Louisville in the background. Behind this bridge, you can see the older Kennedy Bridge with southbound I-65. Copyright Eric Suddeth 04-25-20202 photo.

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The Mary M. Miller—named after Louisvillian Mary Millicent Miller, the first woman to attain her steamboat captain’s license, 1884. Originally built in nearby Utica, Indiana, 1985 by Marine Builders. Originally named Missouri River Queen, she holds 350 passengers and leaves from the Louisville wharf.

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Bird’s eye view

This is a close up of Six Mile Island (Six Mile Island State Nature Preserve), six miles upriver on the Ohio River from Louisville. Only approachable by boat, it is seldom visited. I would love to roam here. 2018 Eric Suddeth photo.

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Audubon’s Hangout?

Did John James Audubon paint many of his birds here? This is Six Mile Island (Six Mile Island State Nature Preserve), 6 miles up the Ohio River from Louisville, where Audubon lived for a few years. This also the turnaround point for the yearly Great Steamboat Race.

Indiana on the viewer’s left, Kentucky on the right. 2019 Eric Suddeth photo.

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Magical morning

This is a towboat going down the Ohio River near Utica Indiana, just upriver from Louisville. Eric Suddeth is the photographer.

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