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Augusta Composite

Greetings from Augusta

 

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Parade, unknown occasion
from a Facebook post of the Augusta
Kentucky Historic District
Second and Upper
(Main) Streets,
Augusta, c. 1910

 

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A square barber's pole?   That's not a UFO; it's a
street lamp, on a wire.

 

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Ruth Best Meyer and her horse Jackie, 1901
on Upper Street (Now Main)
Thanks to Jackie Hopkins for this one.

 

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Upper Street, Augusta

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Upper Street was renamed Main in the 1920's

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Second and Upper Street, the Augusta German Bank

      

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This is a curious scene.  It's postmarked in Augusta, on January 9, 1908.  On the back, it says: “Those two lodes of tobacco you see in the card are the ones that came near causing a riot.  Some of the farmers tried to turn the wagon over in the river.  Yours, Louise”  It's almost certainly a skirmish in the tobacco wars of that era.  Read more about them here.

Did Bracken County men take the tobacco wars to Ohio? A deposition (pdf) from 1908 seems to indicate yes.

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Bracken County Infirmary, Augusta, a.k.a. The Poorhouse
A short history of the Infirmary is here. (pdf)

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Census of Northern Kentucky's Paupers in Almshouses, 1910, here.

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Front Street

 

 

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Front Street, 1908

Front Street, 1947

   

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Augusta City Hall, 1897

Tomb of 8 unknown
Confederate soldiers

 

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Park in Augusta

Seminary Avenue
Note the “Chautauqua” Banners

Sam Laughlin's Flower
 Garden, Augusta

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    A description of Augusta, from 1817, is here.

Stephen G. Appleman's walking tour and synopsis of the Civil War battle in Augusta is here. (pdf)

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Knoedler Library, 1947

The Knoedler Library was donated to Augusta by Mr. Philip Knoedler, of Chicago, in memory of his parents, who are prominently associated with the city.  The library was built in 1928. More on Knoedler here.

 

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The Bracken County Courthouse, Augusta
Image, left, Courtesy of the Bracken County Historical Society

 

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Bridges at Longstretch,
1909

Dutch Ridge,
near Augusta

Betsy Booth's Mountain,
c. 1910

 

Augusta Scene

June, 1941, headed for Maysville
from a Facebook post by Jimmy Vice

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Horse and Rider on Main

Covered Bridge on Dover Pike

C. & O. Bridge near Augusta

C. & O. Depot, 1968

 

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Fourth Street

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Fourth Street

 

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Elizabeth Street Water Street, c. 1947

 

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Fourth Street, Augusta
Image, left.  Courtesy of the Bracken County Historical Society

 

This YouTube has footage of Augusta from the 1980's

 

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The Eisenhower Funeral Train passes thru Augusta

     

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Augusta Scenes

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Street Scenes, 1897

 

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Program for the 1924 Augusta Chautauqua
What on earth is a Chautauqua?  This site explains.

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“Augusta has established telegraphic communications with Maysville.” Courier-Journal, November 4, 1876
“Wednesday afternoon the balloonist connected with Bell's Great European Circus made an ascension at Augusta, Ky. The balloon fell in the river and the balloonist became entangled in the ropes. A lumber boat was passing at the time and sent out a skiff after him. He was going under for the third time when rescued. There was no balloon ascension in Maysville.” Courier-Journal, September 20, 1875,quoting the Maysville Eagle. “Under the auspices of the Kentucky Division of the Cincinnati Motor Club, more than 750 motorists from Northern Kentucky are expected to take part in a motorcade to Augusta, Kentucky on October 23 [1930].  The occasion will be the dedication of Augusta's new City Hall and other public buildings.  An elaborate program has been arranged.” from Motour, magazine of the Cincinnati Automobile Club, October, 1930.
“Nine Ford cars in one family sounds like rather a large order, but word comes from Augusta, that ex-Sheriff Joshua Cummins on August 8 bought a Ford touring car for his daughter, Mrs. Charles List. This brings the number of Ford cars in his immediate family up to nine. Mr. Cummins bought the first Ford car that came to Bracken county in 1909 and paid $1000 for it. He still drives it every day and says that expenses upon it have been remarkably small.” Los Angeles Herald, September 9, 1916
“Richard Kilpatrick, of Augusta, Bracken co., Ky., believing himself 'to be the best man on the earth,' challenges John C. Heenan to a fight, at any point in the United States he may designate, at any time, for the sum of from $10 to $20,000.” Vevay Indiana's Indiana Reveille, June 13,1860 Heenan at the time was a highly regarded American bare-knuckle prize fighter. His Wikipedia page is here. An 1804 guidebook describes Augusta, here.
The connection of Stephen Collins Foster (Wikipedia) to Augusta, here.
“The second regular meeting of the Ohio Valley Dental Society will be held in Augusta, Ky., on the first Tuesday in May”Courier-Journal, March 18, 1871
A 1901 fire in Augusta here. The 1841 fire in Augusta, here.

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