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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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The street between Louisville and Portland is Main Street–it was the site of Louisville’s 1st horse races. The 1778 fort in the river is Corn Island, the other is Fort-on-Shore. The 1781 fort is Fort Jefferson. The Indiana fort is Fort Finney (I-65, Kennedy Bridge buried the site).

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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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