Dry Ridge, Kentucky

Dry Ridge, Kentucky

Main Street, Dry Ridge, 1901

From John Conrad's History of Grant County, we know that in the above image is looking north on Main Street from near the Broadway intersection.  The building on the right - with very little actually showing, is the Carlsbad, and the building next to it would later be acquired by the Carlsbad.  The next building is J. B. Sanders Main Store (there's a picture in the Dry Ridge - 1901 section of these pages).  In later years, it became the McAtee Store

 

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We believe this is US 25 going
north out of Dry Ridge
Golden Rule Farm (Mrs. Ollie Landrum) 
A-1 Chicken Dinner Our Specialty 
Near US 25 Dry Ridge

 

 

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Harry Eckler's Dry Ridge Motor Car Company, 1916
from the left, that's a Cadillac, Ford, Oakland, Cadillac, Ford, Ford.
The Dry Ridge Motor Car Company was the agent for Ford and Oakland Model cars and was run by
 Dan Points and P. J. Clements.  It later became T. & W. Ford

 

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Public School, Dry Ridge,
Kentucky, 1909

The new Dry Ridge
High School

 

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The Webster Home, on Greenville Road near Dry Ridge

Thanks to Betty Howe Webster for sending us this.  She writes:  “I know that nine generations of my family have lived in this home.  My grandmother is the young girl with the horse; her mother died when she was born and her uncle and great aunt's raised her.  My nephew, Steve, is living in the house, which looks much differently today.  Several of the people in the picture were buried in the family cemetery on the property. My brother and I were born here. It was very common to have the visitation of the deceased in the home.”

 

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Baptist Churches, Dry Ridge
 Note there are two Baptist
churches in image
First Baptist Church, Dry Ridge

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We've found at least three different histories, and yet no old picture, of Dry Ridge Christian Church
A history by Mrs. R. T. Rash, in
August of 1934, is at this site.
A history from Mr. Philip
Points, in 1959, here, (pdf).
A history by
Wendell H. Rone, Sr.,
here. (pdf).

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Grant County Equity Tobacco Warehouse, 1907
It was next to the depot, on the Knoxville Road.

Night Riders in Dry Ridge in 1909.  The story is here, but if you're not familiar with the Night Riders, or
 The Equity, we suggest you go here first, and read about the Kentucky Tobacco Wars.

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“Dry Ridge is still moving on.  They will soon have a new bank, three churches, and a large place of merchandising and milling.  Her citizens are awake and are sparing no expense to make it a business center for a large scope of the county.” - the Williamstown Courier, September 3, 1891.

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Wiedemann Beer Distributing
Storage, Dry Ridge
Fish Aquarium of Wiedemann
Beer Distributor

 

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Ad for promoting the Ku Klux Klan Rally in Dry Ridge
from the Grant County News, June 19, 1925

 

 

 

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A. L. Lancaster's Meat
Market, 1901
The Drug Store of George H.
Miller, 1901, “on the ground
floor of the Adkins Block”
 

 

Dry Ridge, Kentucky new
Early Citizens Bank
check & logo
Even earlier, from the First National
Bank of Dry Ridge

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The first jail built in Grant county (a log pioneer structure) was built by Absalom Skirvin in Dry Ridge.  He was also among the people (others were William Conrad, Robert Childers, Sr., Rachel Conyers, Elizabeth Franks, Jacob Franks, John Skirvin, Sr., Jesse Conyers and John Lawless) who started the old Baptist Church of Christ on the Dry Ridge, a predestinarian Baptist Church organized in Virginia, but established in Kentucky in August of 1791.  Indian attacks were a major concern of their early meetings.  The two leading organizers of that early church were Elder John Connor and Elder Lewis Corban.

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A History of Dry Ridge from 1928, here. Why is it named Dry Ridge? Here.
Severe storm damages Dry Ridge in 1920, here. Feud plays out in the streets of Dry Ridge in 1898
Dry Ridge banker locks wife out in the snow, here.  
“Some of our leading citizens are agitating and advocating the question of changing the county seat of the good old county of Grant from its present location to Dry Ridge.  They claim that they can make up about $50,000.00 toward the building of a new court house and other offices when the time comes to take a vote on the question.  We imagine they will have to bid pretty strong to get the court house.” From the Williamstown Courier , December 22, 1898 "A disastrous fire occurred at Dry Ridge, Grant county, last Wednesday afternoon, between 5 and 6 o'clock, consuming the Glover Tobacco barn and about $7,000 worth of tobacco, the Dry Ridge Depot, two houses and a blacksmith shop, all in South Dry Ridge.  Total property loss estimated at about $10,000 or $12,000.  The fire started in the tobacco barn into which Mr. Glover had received $5,000 worth of tobacco only the day before." The Boone County Recorder, February 20, 1907
An arsonist does serious damage in
Dry Ridge in 1915.  Story is here.
In the story above, the fire started in the tobacco barn, and the date of 1907 which indicate that this was the work of the Night Riders and the tobacco wars.  See more here.

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