silver grove

Silver Grove, Kentucky Silver Grove, Kentucky
C. & O.  Y.M.C.A, Silver Grove
Read more about it, here.
Silver Grove Baptist Church

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Donald Hogan's History of Silver Grove Christian Church is here.

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Mr. David Newman has been kind enough to share with us a veritable mother lode of Silver Grove pictures he's uploaded.  They're at a site Walgreen's hosts on the web, and you'll need to become a member - free - to see them.  (Watch for the little box to uncheck if you don't want a daily email.)  Recommended.

You can see them here here, and here.  Good stuff!

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Silver Grove, Kentucky

The steamer Sprague docks at Silver Grove, January, 1918

 

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Silver Grove High School, 1964 Flood, 66 feet
from a Facebook post by Barbara Sparks Rawe

 

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Silver Grove Fire Departments

 

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Stevens Yard, Silver Grove

 

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C & O “depot” at Stevens

 

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This Big Train, at Silver Grove,
 is C & O #1421, a 2-6-6-4,
in the year 1950
This Big Train, at Silver Grove,
is C & O #195, an 0-8-0,
from July, 1931
This Big Train, at Silver Grove,
is C & O #711, an 2-8-0,
from 1949

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Evergreen Silver Grove

The track plan, 1913

 

It says here that one of the reasons the C&O built at Silver Grove was because it eyed a bridge across the river to at that point. There's a map of the plan here.
“Silver Grove . . .has immense yards, consisting of about 40 miles of tracks, with a capacity sufficient to accommodate 3,200 cars.  Coal in enormous quantities west-bound from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia fields, is brought to Silver Grove yards in train loads o from 80 to 85 cars each.  The strength of the bridges and viaducts west of Silver Grove is such that heavy locomotives in use east of that point cannot be operated any further west; thus making it necessary to break trains west-bound from this point into two trains.”  The Southwestern Reporter,  1921 “An extensive yard and terminals have been completed during the year at Silver Grove, Kentucky, about 12 miles east of Cincinnati, at a total cost of $919,373.66.  The increased facilities thus afforded for the handling of your Company's traffic over the Cincinnati Division have been much needed, owing to the rapid increase in coal tonnage moved westward, and should lead to further economies of operation.”  from the Chesapeake and Ohio Annual Report, 1938
“Steamboat men along the Ohio River have become attached to "Old Shep" a dog belonging to one of the government light tenders at Silver Grove, Ky.  Each evening during the navigation seasons, the dog, accompanied by its master, appears on the river bank, and taking the lanterns one by one in its mouth, places them in their proper position at the ends of the dikes, saving the keeper many steps.”  Popular Mechanics, August, 1925 “Present engineering and construction engagements of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr & Co. include the following shop work Chesapeake & Ohio Railway at Silver Grove, Ky.: thirteen stall roundhouse, power house, planing mill, storehouse, pumping plant for delivering 1,000,000 gallons per twenty-four hours from Ohio River, coaling station, fuel tank, and water tank.”   Electrical World, 1911

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Silver Grove, Kentucky

Infiltration Well and Pumping Plant, 1911

 

Ice Ice
Looking toward Ohio Looking toward Kentucky, with train
The Ice Gorge at Four Mile Bar, January 28, 1893. Four mile bar is a little downstream from Silver Grove, roughly at Brent.

 

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Construction of Lock and Dam #36, 1922, near Brent/Coney Island. Finished picture below.

 

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Brent Depot, 1954 The Fairy Princess, Brent, 1971
That's John Laugherhead, piloting this
former WWII Landing Craft
Lock and Dam, Brent
More on the earlier series
of Ohio River locks and
dams is here.

 

 

Stevens Yard Stevens Yard
C&O Switcher 5051, working Stevens Yard

 

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C & O
C & O 6406 at Silver Grove,
January 2, 1971.
;An EMD GP9 built in 1956.
C & O 8106 at Silver Grove,
February 27, 1971.
It' a U25B built 1963
C & O 2221 at Silver Grove,
November 25,1967

 

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C&O 5972, an EMD GP9, At Stevens, June17, 1971 C&O 6212, an EMD GP9, At Stevens, January 2, 1971

  

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The C & O in Silver Grove

Working the hump yard at Silver Grove could be dangerous, but it did inspire poetry.  Read it here

 

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Here's the train that brought workers to Silver Grove from Covington,
 a.k.a. The Chippy, (because it picked up railroad men.)

 

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Work Crane #1 at Silver Grove in 1970

 

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Big Trains, in Silver Grove Roundhouse fire at Silver
Grove's Stevens Yard

 

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This is the 1945 flood.  River Downs in the foreground; Kentucky shore at the top of the pic.

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George Wilhelm, a former Newport postmaster, closed his drug store at 10th & Monmouth and moved to the corner of Twelve Mile and Four Mile Pike in Silver Grove in 1916.

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A few words on the origins of Silver Grove, here. A 1956 article on the history of Silver Grove is here.

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An aerial view of Silver Grove,
Kentucky, 1937 flood
The extent of the 1937 Flood
in Silver Grove and Melbourne.
Isn't that a race track on the
west side of town?


An account of the 1937 Flood in Silver Grove, here.

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