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Home Hotel in Brooksville, c. 1932

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In 1911, The Farmers Equity Bank of Brooksville published a book
of Kentucky Farm Laws. These are the ads from the book

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Did you know National Banks used to print their own money?
Here are two $5 bills from the First National Bank of Brooksville.

 

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S. William Bay Motor
Co., 1939

Farmers and Merchants
Milling Co., 1939

 

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Brooksville Lumber, late 1800's
A partial list of who's in the picture, is here.
Image Courtesy of the Bracken County Historical Society

 

 

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Bracken County News, c. 1950's

Mr. E. Allen Griffith was an early editor of the Brooksville Review.  Read more about him here.

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“Mrs. R. S. Williams, lately of the Winchester Chronicle, proposes to publish a paper, entitled Bracken County Chronicle, at Augusta, Ky.  The Chronicle will be independent and conservative.  Price $2 per year.  We trust the undertaking will be entirely successful.”   from the Covington Journal, December 22, 1855 “The Mason-Bracken Electric Company of Germantown, Ky., has been organized so supply electricity for lamps and motors in Brooksville, Ky.  H. L. Corliss is president.”  Electrical World, Vol. 75, 1920

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Brooksville Business District,
June 1909

Collins-Nicholson
Distillery, 1910

These maps are excerpts from Sanborn Fire Maps. Find out how to see the entire collection of Sanborn maps here.

 

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The Brooksville Railroad began operating in June of 1897.  It went bankrupt in 1918 and was purchased by a group of Brooksville businessmen, who re-organized it as the Brooksville and Ohio River Railroad.  It ran along Locust Creek, north, to Wellsburg.  It was abandoned on April 11, 1931, and this scene is now Jett Memorial Park.

 

 

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Terminal, showing depot
and engine house

Map of the Brooksville and
Ohio River Railroad

Passengers ride a section
car after passenger service
is discontinued

These last three are from Elmer Sulzer's Ghost Railroads of Kentucky.  The Brooksville and Ohio completed its 9.89 route in June of 1897, passenger service was eliminated in 1918, and on April 11, 1931, the ICC approved the abandonment of the railroad.  By that time, it had been some time since any trains had actually run.  Better roads and trucks can be blamed for the railroad's demise.

 

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More detail than most
people need about the
Brooksville Railroad. from Moodys
Manual of Railroads and Corporation
Securities
, 1917

Wainright Lea & Sons,
1925

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