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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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Not so good ole days

Female ward, Central Asylum (Lakeland Lunatic Asylum) Anchorage, Kentucky, early 1900s. Dreary old days. Less than a mile from my house. This building is long gone.

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Photo is about 1960. Louisville—Shelbyville Road near Whipps Mill Road. Now Shelbyville is a multi-lane nightmare, the farm a pricey subdivision across the road from the University of Louisville Shelby Campus.

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Stone wall and fishing pond at Beckley Creek Park near Middletown, Kentucky, part of the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork. Photos by Ethan Suddeth. 110121 https://theparklands.org/

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Louisville Hiking

Beckley Creek Park near Middletown, Kentucky, part of the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork. Photos by Ethan Suddeth, my grandson. 110121 https://theparklands.org/

Remains of an old farm

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Plantation in the swamps

Fishpool Plantation was located off Preston Hwy, south of Louisville in the Wet Woods (swamps) I used to pass it all the time before construction took the plantation. The house has been moved to a spot near Bluelick Road.

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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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