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Campbell County, Kentucky

The Steamer Magnolia's boiler exploded
on March 18, 1868 near Brent, Kentucky. 
Nearly 70 people lost their lives.  This site has the story.

 

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The Exploding of the Moselle was one of the worst ever steamboat  disasters.
on April 25, 1832.  You can read the full story, here.
The wrecked hull of the Moselle was found when they excavated the piers for the L&N RR Bridge, built in 1872.

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Probably in 1929, Campbell County Judge William C. Buten, who
 was running for re-election, distributed a set of 16 postcards in a folder, below,
designed to show, pictorially, the  accomplishments of his prior
 term.  While the original is one piece, you can click on individual images to get
larger images.

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These are paintings by Brent's Thomas Jefferson Willison who was born in Brent, to a prosperous middle-class family. Willison spent his early years working as a salesman for his father's lumber company, where the young Harlan Hubbard had a studio. Willison studied art in nearby Cincinnati during the Duveneck years. He is noted for his intimate landscapes of the countryside in the Miami and Ohio river valleys.
Locations of the scenes depicted in these paintings are not known to us.

 

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These are both Campbell County paintings by Harlan Hubbard.  On the left
 is At Brent, and on the right is Campbell Hills.  Both are oils from 1928.   While Hubbard lived the
early part of his life in Campbell County, he spent most of his life in Trimble.  NKYViews has
more on Hubbard on our Trimble County Links and Miscellany page, here.

 

Gubser's Mill

Gubser's Mill Cafe
from a Facebook post by Jeffrey Weimer

 

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Hoop-De-Do at
Phoenix Grove
Wing Dike,
October 31, 1909
1888 Map Showing
Dike location & shape.
Phoenix Barbecue

Phoenix Grove
Read all about these four images here.

 

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On the ferry at Brent An elephant, bathing in
 the Ohio in 1909, at
Brent, Kentucky
Water Skiing Elephant,
 near Brent, c. 1940

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“A longtime source of cheap johnboats was Nelson's Planing Mill in Brent, Kentucky (near Cincinnati).  From the 1940's through the 1960's, they sold unpainted johnboats out of their plant for one dollar per linear foot.”from Jens Lund's Flatheads & Spooneys: Fishing for a Living in the Ohio River Valley, 1995.

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History of Crestview is here.

  Crestview was founded as “Vet City,”  because the Vet Village Home Builders Association developed it to build houses for returning WWII vets. The area was incorporated in 1947, mostly to keep from being annexed by Cold Spring.

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Elsewhere on our site we have a letter describing the community of Berlin ( these days on Rt. 10 in Bracken County), that refers its location as “on the Washington and Newport Trace road,” leading us to speculate that the origin of the name of the road we know as Washington Trace is so named because it ran to Washington, Kentucky, in Mason County, from Newport.

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Woodlawn became incorporated in 1922 because neither Dayton nor Bellevue would agree to annex the area. It used to be the Odd Fellows Grove, and took its name from the Woodlawn Development Company, which subdivided the grove into lots.

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Lick Branch. This is a little place, two and one half miles west of the Ohio River, three east of Alexandria. We have two blacksmith shops, one owned by John Miller, the plow maker, the other by George McKibben, also, a cozy little store fitted up by George and Jim Taylor. It is something we need in our neighborhood. They propose to accommodate the people with all kinds of groceries and dry goods. People ought to accommodate them by buying from them and as they will sell cheap. We need a post office at this place.”  from the Newport Local, May 23, 1878

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“Pond Creek Road, Ky off the Licking Pike Oct. 24, 1931”

 

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The Ranch House, 1954
US 27, 17 Miles South of Cincinnati
Ultra Modern - Air Conditioned
Electric - Gas heat - Television - Tasty Food
Across from what is now the entrance
to the A. J. Jolly Golf Course.
Valley View Motel
Free Fishing for Guests
20 Miles south of Cincinnati on US 27.

 

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The 7 Mile House, on Licking Pike, run by the Kennewec family
Thanks to Ken Chambers for these.

 

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Around 1920, the Kentucky Highway Department published some pictures of some
of their modern roads. They were, however, a little vague on exact location.
That's “State Aid 19a” on the right; 19C on the left.
(“Buck” Siebert tells me “The photo on the right identified as 19C is, I believe a view
 north on Licking Pike at the crest of the hill between Aspen Grove and Losey Road.” Thanks, Buck.

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Rev. Paul Ryan's History of St. John's from 1954 is here. Wm. R. (Rus) Stevens writes about the Highways to Beech Grove, here. (pdf) W. T. Clary detects earthquake in Claryville, here.
Visit the Camp Springs site for lots of interesting content, here. An 1892 controversy arose as to whether Ross or Melbourne might be the better place to live. A letter from Smith's Station, a location unknown to us, suggests that neither one can claim the title.
Campbell County's first settlement was at Leitch's Station, on the Licking. Helen Bradley Lindsey's account of it is here.(pdf) Steamboat Lancaster disaster, 1855 near Steptoe, here.  (Steptoe is near the present day Mentor) Mrs. John D. Ellis' Sketch of the Old Christian Church at California is here (pdf)
“A ferry boat plying the Ohio river between New Richmond, O., and California, Ky., while crowded with passengers was stove in by the ice today and in danger of sinking. The passengers were panic stricken and begged the captain to go to shore. The boat, however, was caught in the ice and drifted two miles before it could be brought to the shore. It was found that the huge ice floe that crushed the boat’s sides had acted as a raft to float the vessel.” Indianapolis Journal, February 3, 1904
Remember when the A. J. Jolly High School students went on strike? Here. Read about “excitement and lawlessness in California” in 1859 here. John's Hill man discovers a fortune, here.
Uprising at Comer's Camp, a Flagg Spring prison camp, in 1887, here. The news from California, Ky. in 1878 is here. US Gen Web site has a history of the Flagg Spring Baptist Church, here.

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Rifle Range

The Rifle Range for Fort Thomas
Rifle Range Road is so named because it's where the solders stationed
at Fort Thomas were marched for target practice.

from a Facebook post by Erik Geiman

 

lock and dam 35 1937 Flood
Locking thru #35. Steamer is the
Greenwood. More pics of
her at this site.
Near Lock and Dam #35,
in the 1948 Flood
from a Facebook post by Maggie Gosney

Lock and Dam #35 was about a mile below New Richmond, Ohio, and was one of 9 earlier
locks and dams replaced by Markland and Meldahl. Details here.

 

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In the 1937 Flood
from a Facebook post by Maggie Gosney
Showing Flood Levels Aerial

Dam #35, near Oneonta

Oneonta is an Indian word, but the town of Oneonta is named after Oneonta, New York , [Wikipedia] birthplace of Henry E. Huntington [Wikipedia], nephew and successor to railroad magnate Colis P. Huntington [Wikipedia].  Colis and his brother owned a successful business in Oneonta, NY, and Henry E. was born there.

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The New Richmond had C&O Railroad access by this ferry to the Kentucky side.  On the
Kentucky shore, it would be about where New Richmond/Carthage Road hits Rt. 8.

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Carthage Road - New
Richmond Ferry
 
New Richmond Ferry New Richmond from
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Paul Deisel, Carthage, Kentucky

Ralph Tarvin writes: “The person in the photo is Russell Paul Diesel the thirteenth child of John A. Diesel and Rachel Augusta Moore was born at Carthage, Kentucky on February 18, 1901 and died on June 22, 1990. He married Helen R. Johnson.  He in fact was my Great Uncle. The structure is a river work boat, a dredge or something of that nature. Hope this is of some help”Thanks, Ralph.

 

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A. J. Jolly
list of names here.

 

Sin City

Grant's Lick's Post Office's Last Day was February 25, 1950


 

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June 18, 1976 was the last day of operation for post office at Mentor. 41060 would be no more.

 

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Aerial View of Mentor,
 circa 1910

 

Mentor Baptist Church

 

The birthplace of Civil War General
and US President Ulysses S. Grant
is across the Ohio River from Mentor,
in Point Pleasant, Ohio
  The Mentor area was established in the early 1800's, and was then known as Belmont. 
Why it changed to Mentor - about the time the railroad came thru - is not known.

 

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Twelve Mile First Baptist
 Church, in flood
St. Peter & Paul

 

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Map of California, 1883
list of businesses in California
in 1883, here.
Odd Fellow Grove, 1880's
somewhere in Campbell County

 

“Settled in the early 1800's as a river town, court records mention the town of California as
early as 1849, but state records indicate it was incorporated in [February 7] 1874.”  Jim Reis, in the Kentucky Post, May 9, 1993
“Mrs. Julia Arthur, who was appointed
principal of the California (Ky) school,
has resigned.” from The Freeman, A National
Colored Newspaper,
August 23, 1890
Pomeroy Packet Lines by-pass the
California wharf boat, story here.
“Mrs. Eliza Darough dies at her house in California,
Ky., last week, aged 94.  She was a nurse in the family of the
Grants, and took care of General Grant for two years
after his birth.” from Maysville's Daily Public Ledger, December 6, 1894

 

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The showboat Princess, at an unknown location

“The Princess was immensely popular all along the rivers.  Every seat of her three hundred was usually sold long before curtain time.  At such a landing as California, Kentucky, one of her favorite stops, the citizens were in the habit of declaring a holiday as soon as she tied up, which culminated in the show that night.  Some seat suited everybody's purse, for “shelf” tickets (balcony) sold for thirty-five cents, the first ten rows on the main floor for seventy-five, and the seats in the rear, fifty cents.  Unlike most of the showboats of the time, the Princess stopped twice each season at each of her ports of call.” from Philip Graham's 1951 Showboats: The History of an American Institution

More pictures of the showboat Princess are at this site.

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“Henry E. Pritchard, a mate on the steamer Telegraph, who was tried at the January term of the Campbell Criminal Court on the charge of killing a colored roustabout with an axe on the steamer when opposite California, Ky., over two years ago, and was found not guilty on the ground of insanity, and several weeks ago sent to the Insane Asylum at Anchorage, has been discharged from the institution as cured.”
 from Maysville's Daily Public Ledger, April 15, 1892

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Campbell County Homemakers, 1936 and 1932

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“The Bintz Site” is a Fort Ancient era archaeological site that was excavated as part of the building of the Mary Ingles highway, near where the Ohio River and Twelve Mile Creek.  You can read about it here (pdf)

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“The old trouble in regard to the Sunday picnickers from over the river is again forcing itself upon the peaceable people of Campbell County.  Yesterday was a red letter day in this respect, the bums visiting Kissen and Clarke's Groves being very much in the ascendant, and there will be close investigation, with swift action on the part of their county judicature to prevent a repetition of the disorderly conduct.  At Kissen's Grove, on the Licking Pike, there was a motley crowd of Cincinnati's unwashed in company with the nomadic racing fraternity now sojourning in the Queen City.  At high noon the “Midway Dance”  with embellishments was enacted to the evident relish of the crowd present.  At Clarke's Grove the old-time go-as-you-please programme was had ad lib., and as a result there was a pitched battle on the Central Bridge between the street car men and about a dozen of the toughs who had gotten well tanked up there.”   Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, June 17, 1895

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Hey! No cows is this man's meadows:

“The following is a copy of a written notice posted upon a farm a short distance from Newport, on the Alexandria Pike: 'Nottis-know kow is alloud in these meders any men or women letten that kows run the rode wot gits inter my medders aforesead shall have his tail cut off by me' Obadiiah Rogers.” Courier-Journal, May 27, 1873

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