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Walton,Kentucky

The Odd Fellows Hall, Walton, 1906.
more on this building here

 

Walton,Kentucky

Taken from a gas balloon, circa 1909, and on the back it says “Near Walton.”  If you can shed any light on where this is, please contact me.  If you want to see the other gas balloon pics, they're on a Ludlow page here, and also there are some on the Latonia Race track page, here.

 

Walton,Kentucky 

Stephenson's Mill Road was named after Stephenson's Mill.
There was a grain mill and a saw mill, altho it's not known which this is, if either.

 

Walton,Kentucky 

This isn't just a picture, it's an object lesson.  You're looking south from the old
high school.  You can see Chambers and Grubbs in the distance, but the rest of Alta Vista is
undeveloped.  We see an old Rouse/Wethington house on the far left, and what we think of as the
Afterkirk house in the foreground.  Two things: just pointing your camera out at a random
street scene may give you a boring picture today, but may be fascinating stuff in 50+ years.
The other lesson this photographer taught us, is, uh, focus the camera.

 

1957 Tornado Scene Alta Vista Drive, Walton, Ky
Friday, July 13, 1956 saw Walton hit by a tornado.
Photo by Jack Rouse, from a Facebook post by Marybeth Rouse Arthur
This image, and the one above, were both
taken from the old school, at left.
This image from a Facebook post by Barbara Keller Groger

 

Walton,Kentucky    

Map of Walton, from 1883
from An Atlas of Boone, Kenton and Campbell
Counties, Kentucky, published by D. J. Lake & Co.
The Lake list of businesses is here.
Learn how to see the entire Lake Atlas, here.

 

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Mill Pond, South of Walton Location of the Mill Pond, 1883 Mill Pond and Walton Heights,
c. 1910 (You're looking at the
the back of houses on S. Main,
near the end of Loreco.)

 

 

 

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Boone Lake Fishing Club, 1932
A few words on the origin of the Boone Lake Fishing Club are here.

 

Walton,Kentucky

The Old High Street Bridge
photo by Asa “Buddy” Rouse
(first house on the left used to be the home of the Walton Advertiser)

 

Walton,Kentucky

Modernizing the supports on the L&N Bridge, 1951
Read about the construction here.   

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“At Walton, Ky., a great many breeders from Boone, Kenton and Grant counties met and located a mile track and fair grounds, between Richwood and Walton, at the intersection of the C. S. [Cincinnati Southern] & L. & N. R. R., running from one road to the other, at a cost of $115 per acre.  They have named it the Northern Kentucky Agricultural and Breeder's Association, and the capital stock is to be $30,000, with share fixed at $50 each.”  from the Live Stock Record, as quoted in the Richmond, Ky. Climax, December 4, 1889.
 And since nothing more was ever heard of it, one assumes it never materialized.

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Not a postcard, but a booklet of tickets to the James Theatre

The L & N Heads South out of Walton

Yield of a 1942 Scrap Drive, behind the old school at High School Court.
The man on the right is Bob Gordon

 

“Two construction trains are run daily between Covington and a point about two miles beyond Walton, Boone county, Ky., on the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Lexington Railroad. There remains but about four miles of track to be laid to complete the road. The first train will go through from Covington to Louisville in about four weeks.” Courier-Journal, April 8, 1869

 

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Blue and White Modern Cabins, Walton

 

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Robert Jones had a Buick dealership in Walton in 1918

 

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Bally Ache, bred on Alan and Marvin Gaines' Twin Oak Farms just north of Walton, won the 1960 Preakness and finished second in the Kentucky Derby.  He was owned by one Leonard Fruchtman, of Toledo, at the time of the major races.

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“A correspondent of the Rising Sun Recorder, writing from Walton, says that their town is the only one on the Lexington Pike where a man can get whiskey.  We wonder how Florence will feel over that assertion.  He describes Walton as a place of one hundred inhabitants, and three doggeries, where the barkeepers will sell you whiskey till you can't drink any longer, and then whip you for not drinking more.”  from the Covington newspaper The Ticket, August 7, 1875.

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“The sales at the Walton Loose Leaf Tobacco market are growing stronger with every sale, and the prices are very satisfactory to the selling public. Last Saturday about 120,000 pounds were sold at prices ranging from eight to 38 cents, averaging $24.25. The market is said to be the strongest in the State in price and activity. The floor is filled every time and the only trouble is inadequate shipping facilities as the railroads cannot take care of the tobacco as fast as it is ready for shipment.” Boone County Recorder, February 14, 1918

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“In an exciting fight Sunday morning John Halton was cut seventeen times by three Bailey Brothers and two Wilsons.  Sunday night a drunken crowd came from Crittenden attempted to take possession of Walton.”  Maysville's Evening Bulletin, November 6, 1890

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Once upon a time, old Nicholson Road went up past the Gaines house, passed a residence that
had been a tollgate on the Lexington Pike, and did a ninety degree turn to go over a rickety bridge the
Southern Railway “maintained,” altho it passed over the Southern and L&N tracks.  You can see the bridge in back of the toll house.

The Enquirer's story on Walton's two decrepit L & N railroad bridges (the other was on
the L&N at Needmore)  can be read here (pdf)

Dr. James Huey presented a map of Walton to the Boone Co. Historical  Society, with business locations from the early 1950's.  See it here.   (pdf) Want to read all of the very first issue of the Walton Advertiser? The four pages of Volume 1, Number 1 are here (pdf) A trio of stories on the lynching of Charles Smith in Walton for arson are here.
The Grant County News visits Walton. Their story from 1904 is here and from 1911 is here. The Interstate Commerce Commission published a report on an L&N wreck in Walton on February 15, 1930.  You can read it here (pdf) The Freedman's Bureau reports on a post-Civil War outrage in Walton, here.
For another Walton view from The Ticket, on July 18, 1876, go here. The Covington Journal had a piece on Walton in 1870, here. Fruit jars full of cash, buried in Walton, here.
The Boone Co Recorder describes their visits to Walton in 1896,   18891900   and 1907 North Walton booming in 1906. Read about it here Melee breaks out in Walton in 1889, here
The Daily Commonwealth's piece on Walton, 1883, is here. July 13, 1956 - Friday the 13th - is the day a big tornado hits Walton.  The story's here. An 1899 article on the Abner Gaines House is here, one from 1952 is here. (pdf)
Wilford M. Rice's two-part history of Walton is here and here.

“As a hack for Williamstown, Ky., was standing in front of the Boone House at Walton, Ky., ready to start, Alex. Millner, formerly of Williamstown, stepped to the window to speak to someone inside, when the driver, Preston Webster, drew a pistol, and, without a word, shot him dead.  It is supposed an old grudge led to the murder. No steps have been taken to arrest Webster.”  Indianapolis News, July 8, 1875

The Kentucky Secretary of State started registering automobiles in 1910.  Go here for the Walton list. The City of Walton's web site is here. The Walton Rotary Club's organizational meeting was December 15, 1938.  The program is here. (pdf)
“Near Walton, Ky., on the 5th, a negro named Theodore Black, in the employ of a farmer named Dickey,was caught in the act of outraging Mary Carney, aged sixteen.  He was taken to Burlington, a posse of citizens summoned, a mock trial had, and the negro sentenced to be shot.  He was then tied to a tree and twenty shots fired into his body. One ball severed an artery and he bled to death in a few moments.”  The Cleveland Leader, September 6, 1879
One Walton citizen's lament from 1897 is here. The Lynching of Parker Mays or Mayo in Walton, here and here.

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Fires in Walton: A bad fire in Walton, from 1871.  Read about it here. And the other 1871 fire here
The Walton Advertiser's story on the disastrous 1971 fire in downtown Walton is here(pdf) There was a disastrous fire, in Walton, 1906. Here. And a fire in 1883, here
“A fire at Walton, Ky., yesterday morning destroyed the hotel, stable. together with seven horses, buggies, and other vehicles; also two dry goods stores, a drug store, two dwellings and a meat store. Loss estimated at not less than $50,000. Insurance not ascertained.” Indianapolis News, July 5, 1876 “Fire, which started shortly before 2 o'clock in the morning, destroyed the flour mill of Niemeister & Rouse in Walton, Ky.”  unattributed clipping, dated July 10, 1914
“Walton, Ky., Oct. 2. -The growing activities of the Ku Klux Klan in this place was [sic] manifested last night by the burning of a fiery cross.” Fiery Cross, [The Official Klan newspaper] October 5, 1923

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