Posts Tagged ‘Louisville’

Mulberry Hill Plantation was located off Poplar Level Road, Louisville. It was the home of John and Ann Clark. Their offspring included General George Rogers (founder of Louisville), William (Lewis & Clark expedition), Lucy (Locust Grove Plantation), Elizabeth (Soldiers Retreat on Hurstbourne Lane). It included 2 mills and slaves.

In 1917 the mansion was razed as part of Camp Zachary Taylor during WWI. Now George Rogers Clark Park, all that remains of Mulberry Hill is a family cemetery and a bald cypress dating from the era. My cousins live in an 1820 mansion that was neighbors to Mulberry Hill.

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Wednesday May 3 the Great Steamboat Race was held on the Ohio River near Louisville. The American Countess, Belle of Cincinnati, and the Belle of Louisville raced. The Belle of Louisville won.

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The Great Balloon Race was held Saturday April 29. 20 Hound balloons lifted off Bowman Field (airport) and chased the Hare balloon, which landed at Standard Country Club, Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville (not far from my house). Hound balloons tossed bags of bluegrass seed at a giant X. (part of Kentucky Derby Festival)

FIRST PLACE – Sullair, Pilot Shawn Raya –  1 ft, 3 1/2 inches

SECOND PLACE – Mirazon, Pilot Jerry Copas –  1 ft, 4 inches

THIRD PLACE – Jarboe’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, Pilot Rich Lawhorn – 4 ft, 9 inches

FOURTH PLACE – Terry Metzger (Private Entry), Pilot Frank Stevenson – 5 ft, 11 inches

FIFTH PLACE – Kroger, Pilot Bill Smith – 8 ft, 10 inches

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Now and then, New Cut Road (few miles south of Churchill Downs) now and about 1955. On the left, Iroquois Hill/Iroquois Park. On the right, behind the building is Kenwood Hill and Little Loomhouse, historical education center. Just past the building is Kenwood Drive. I have spent many a day in this area. 

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Louisville bears

This photo was taken a couple nights ago on Lagrange Road, Anchorage, Kentucky. This is suburban Louisville, near Tom Sawyer State Park, and a mile from me. Bears, come to Papa.

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Armadillos entered Kentucky about 40 years ago, entering from the west, but they are in the Louisville area. They are nocturnal and eat mostly bugs, they are not a threat. They have also crossed the Ohio River but are considered an exotic species in Indiana. I would love to see them, but I am not out and about when they are. Anyone with an armadillo photo they took is welcome to post them.

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Lazy Sundown

Ohio River looking downriver, a few miles upriver from Louisville. Indiana right, on the left downtown Louisville visible. Eric Suddeth photo November 7, 2022.

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Clang clang

Louisville streetcar (trolley) system had its last day on Derby Day 1948. It also ran a few cars to Indiana. Does anyone have knowledge of the Indiana extensions?

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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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