Bird's eye view of Petersburg,
The Black Cat Restaurant
“only 19 miles south of Ludlow”
|Map of Petersburg, 1883
from An Atlas of Boone, Kenton and
Campbell Counties, Kentucky,
published by D. J. Lake & Co.
Map showing historical sites
Did you know that Petersburg, in 1791, was considered
as a site for location the new Kentucky State Capitol? Read this.
John Tanner was the white first man to settle in what is now Petersburg, and called the place Tanner's Landing. He likely didn't understand that his town was founded on the ruins of a Fort Ancient settlement from c. AD 1200. Tanner's Landing was probably never settled in any meaningful numbers, and Tanner's heirs sold 750 acres of the area to one John Grant, Daniel Boone's nephew, in 1806. Grant petitioned the Boone County Court to lay out a town called Caledonia. He ran out of money before the town was established. His son-in-law, John J. Flourney, inherited the land, platted it the town, and named it Petersburg, in 1818.
Is offered for Nelson, belonging to the subscriber living in the county of Boone, state of Kentucky, who ran away from me on the 2nd day of December, 1843. The above reward will be given for his apprehension and delivery to me, of confinement in any jail where I can get him. Said slave is about 40 years of age, 6 feet in height and well proportioned, and a little bald. He had on when he left a brown Janes frock coat and white hat, pantaloons not recollected. He is very handy with tools and sprightly in every respect. REUBEN SEBREE, Petersburg, Ky.,
January 4, 1843
Cincinnati Gazette and Louisville Journal copy, to the amount of $1 and send bill to this office.”
- from the The Indiana Whig, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, January 4, 1844
|E. Y. Chapin's Sketches of Old Time
Petersburg Residents is here. (pdf)
|John Brady Walton's Early History
of Petersburg and Vicinity is here. (pdf)
|Arson in 1908 at the game warden's house, here.||Fire in Petersburg in 1893, here.|
|Petersburg in 1869, here.||The Steamers David Gibson and Nathanial
Holmes crash near Petersburg; story here
|Big robbery in Petersburg in 1866, here.||Hanks shoots up a court, here.|
|The Petersburg Race track announces it's
1833 spring opening, here..
|A Williamstown correspondent describes Petersburg in 1870, here.|
|“The Kentons [a bicycling club] will go to Petersburg, Ky., today.” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 7, 1889|
|“Petersburg, Ky., - The Boone County telephone Company will extend its lines to Bellevue and Rabbit Hash, where connection will be made with the Southern Indiana Association by cable under the Ohio River.” The American Telephone Journal, Vol.6, 1902.|
|The Petersburg Cemetery history, here.||Read about William Snyder's pet bear, here.|
|A little about Rev. John Tanner, Boone County's first resident, is here.||Mary Rector's Bits of Petersburg History is here. (pdf)|
|Petersburg's Daniel Hewitt rode with John Hunt Morgan, here.||A glimpse of Petersburg, August 14, 1903, here.|
|Wild man terrorizes Petersburg, here.||Wild hog terrorizes Petersburg, here.|
|Don't miss the saga of the end of the Petersburg Racing Association. Drinking and brawling were involved. Read it here. (pdf) (The tale is from The Hesperian Tree: An Annual of the Ohio Valley - 1900, edited by John James Piatt)|
There used to be a settlement at the end
of the Lawrenceburg Ferry Road called Touseytown. Founded
by three brothers named Tousey - Zerah, Thomas, and Moses - there was a mill and a tobacco warehouse,
and most importantly a ferry to Lawrenceburg. It was never an “official” town.
Also on the map are one of Boone County's
Piatt Houses (there are three; see them
here), and the location of
the home of Petersburg's John Norris, whose exploits and feats are detailed here.
The map above is an excerpt from the Lake Atlas of 1883.
|“Petersburg, Ky. Dec. 17. Henry Robert, sent from this city to the Lakeland asylum 14 years go, escaped several weeks ago and was found by hunters in a cave near his home, weak from cold and hunger. He could not stand alone. He will be returned to the asylum.” From the Covington Courier, December 19, 1902.||An 1873 correspondent to the Covington Journal describes Petersburg and gives a list of some early settlers. Read it here.|
|“Petersburg, Ky., Nov. 25 - Richard McGraw, United States storekeeper at the Boone county distillery, shot and killed a pelican on the Ohio river. It measured nine feet from tip to tip of its wings and weighed 30 pounds.”from the Richmond, Ky.'s Climax, December 2, 1903||“Petersburg, Ky., March 22. - A blind tiger is located near here. It is said egg shells are filled with whiskey and sealed. At a dance a few nights ago every man had a pocketful of eggs.” from the Paducah Sun, March 22, 1902|
|One of Northern Kentucky's very few Medal of Honor recipients was Petersburg's Charles Fleek. The citation is here.||Read Julia Stockton Dinsmore's Verses and Sonnets , a book of poetry from 1910, when she was 77, at Google Books, here.|
For substantial portions of the Northern Kentucky Views
we are indebted to the E. Y. Chapin Library in Petersburg, and to Ms. Bridget
Stiker, at the Hebron Branch of the Boone County Library.