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Rabbit Hash, Opposite Rising Sun, Indiana

 

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The documentary, Rabbit Hash (the Center of the
Universe)
had it's Midwestern premier at the Madison
 Theater in Covington.   You can buy the DVD here, the
site of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society. This is their promo shot
of Rabbit Hash, and is from the 1907 Flood (For the record, you
get that the “Hollywood-type” sign is a Photoshop job, right?)

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How many stories of how Rabbit Hash got its name
 have you heard?  We've got 9 of them, Here.

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Across the Ohio from Rising Sun, Indiana

        

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Early Rabbit Hash - Rising Sun Ferries

 

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The first motor hearse in Rising Sun, a Dodge, returns from Rabbit Hash

 

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Rabbit Hash - Rising Sun Ferry
The Mildred, 1922-1945

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“C. G. Riddell and Ben Wilson have rented the Rabbit Hash and Rising Sun ferry for five years of Captain
 Bob Piatt.  Mr. Piatt will leave our town the first of next month.  We are sorry that the captain is going away.”
Covington's Daily Commonwealth, September 28, 1881
“Ben Wilson and C. G. Riddell are having new horse power put in the ferryboat.  P. G. and Z. T. Holmes and
 Keene Robbins are doing the work. They will have the boat in running order by the middle of the week.”
Covington's Daily Commonwealth, July 11, 1883
The Ohio County, Indiana's history of the Rabbit Hash ferry is here.

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Rising Sun Wharf

The Rising Sun Wharf
Steamers landed at the wharf, but the ferry landed on the shore.

 

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 The Katie Piatt.  She was lost in the 1918 ice
Thanks to Big Bruce for identifying the ferry for me, and for the pic on the right.

 

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Rev. Twinkle Preaches in Rabbit Hash, 1917

 

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sketch by Gloria Wolfe sketch by Caroline Williams

 

 

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Rabbit Hash General Store, since 1831
photo on the right is by Paul Briol

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In 1894, Reuben Gold Thwaites, the director of the  Wisconsin State Historical Society, and a noted
historian, traveled the length of the Ohio River, with his family and  his trusty Number 2 Kodak
Camera.  These 3 pictures were taken by him, at Rabbit Hash

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Well, of course, if this happened, it happened in Rabbit Hash. If this happened...

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Frank Hodges Sawmill, circa 1900 Martin Williamson Home

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“Captain David, of the [steamboat] Cherry, reports a new obstruction in the shape of a root in the channel at Aurora, about seventy five yards below the wharf boat. He also reports a fire at Rabbit Hash, opposite Rising Sun, Ind., Wednesday night, which destroyed Pate's store and several other houses, entailing a loss of $3,000.” Courier-Journal, September 23, 1883  

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C. W. Craig's General
Store, 1954

C. W. Craig & Clayton Ryle,
owners of the two
Rabbit Hash Businesses

 

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Rabbit Hash Ferry Bonanza
Rabbit Hash Ferry
from a Facebook post by the Ohio County Historical Museum
The Steamer Bonanza leaving Rising Sun
from a Facebook post by the Ohio County Historical Museum

 

 

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That's the former Doctor's
Office on the right - last used
circa 1934

General Store, 1963 Rabbit Hash School Bus

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Outside a church near Rabbit Hash
That's Rosa Lee Reed Vollmer, who had returned to a reunion that took place at the
 church in the photo. With her are her two daughters, Helen and Gertrude, and Gertrude's
daughter, Helen.  Identify of the man is unknown.  Thanks to Rose Berry for the picture.

 

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The Rising Sun Wharf
Boat, Flora, c. 1910
1871 Gravel Bar near
Rabbit Hash
Aerial of Rabbit Hash

 

Ice, 1917-18 Ice, 1903
Ice of 1917-18 at Fernbank, Ohio Side
from a Facebook post of the Saylor Park Historical Society
Ice of 1903, at Front Street in Rising Sun
from a Facebook post by the Ohio county Historical Museum

 

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Rabbit Hash in the 1937 Flood

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Rabbit Hash suffered from the 1884 Ohio River flood:

“At Rabbit Hash a depot building was caught, and further down in the bottom a freight car was caught.  Maybe they will catch a railroad during the next flood.” “If you want to come to this place, just start in this direction and continue to travel until you come to the dirtiest, filthiest, muddiest, and worst wrecked place anyone ever saw, and then stop, and we will assure you to be in Rabbit Hash.”
A more detailed description is here.
The three items above are all from the Boone County Recorder of March 5, 1884.  

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River Ridge Park

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Contemporary Rabbit Hash Brochure

 

Lots of current Rabbit Hash pictures are at Rabbithash.com.

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