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Mostly Boone, but some Kenton in this 1866 Railroad Map
You'll want the key to what all those red lines are.  It's here.

 

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The Old Stone Bridge at
Sandfordtown, a sketch by
E. T. Hurley. Accompanying
text is here.

I-275 Construction in
Sandfordtown
An AP Wire Photo from 1973

 


Holy Guardian Angel
School, Sandfordtown,

 

 

Blue Star

Sandfordtown
(On Rt. 17, that's Dudley going left.)

 

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New Banklick Baptist Church

“The picnic at Banklick Saturday was not so extensively attended as it might have been, but likely never will be surpassed for genuine jollity, polished hopping, and restrained rural rooster pluck.” From Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, July 24, 1879 

 

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Miller's Grocery, Nicholson

This map from 1865 shows a town at Nicholson's location, but the place is named California.


“Kenton-co wool growers may make deliveries Monday and Tuesday at Nicholson, Ky., 2 1/2 miles from Independence, S. W. Durr, president, and W. Haden Ware secretary of the Kenton County Wool Growers Association announced Wednesday.  A licensed U. S. grader will be furnished for the Wool Growers Association members.”  Kentucky Post, June 14, 1933

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Raising Chickens in
 Kenton County, 1924
Blackberry farming in
 Kenton County, 1928
The ladies of Oak Island
Community can for the
relief effort, 1931
All three of these were published by the Kentucky Agricultural Extension Service

 

  Jumbo's Jumbo's Texaco
  the first Jumbo's, Dudley
at Brookwood, c. 1957
The second Jumbo's,
c. 1960
Texaco Station on Dudley Pike
at Brookwood, c. 1960
  submitted to the Facebook Page Old Northern Kentucky, by Gerald Scalf from a Facebook post by Gayle Scalf

 

Park Hills Park Hills Park Hills
Rose Circle and Park Road Park, Rose, & Amsterdam, c. 1925 Lawton Road, C. 1940
That's Jack Murphy in the photo.
All three of these are from the Park Hills Facebook Page.

 

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A Scene in Park Hills, 1929

Dr. Paul Tenkotte writes about the origins of Park Hills, and its “Happy Homes,” at this site.

 

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Dixie Highway, somewhere
in Kenton County, c. 1918
In 1918, the "Dixie Highway"
could refer to what you know
as Rts. 16, 0r 17, or 25, or 27.

On the Falmouth - Covington
Road North of Piner. On 16?
  Grassy Creek?

 

Circa 1920,  the Kentucky Highway Department
published some pictures of the progress the state
was making on road construction.  The image on
the left is a Glutin Road (Glutin's a construction
 material), State Road 59c; and the road on the
right demonstrates “Bermuda Asphalt Penetration.”
Both are listed as being in “Kenton County.”

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Bracht Depot

Bracht Depot, September, 1911
(a Kentuckiana Virtual Library image)

“The general dry goods store here of the R. H. Stansifer Co., at Bracht's Station . . . was robbed
Sunday of dry goods, etc., to the extent of about $700.  Elmer Stansifer went to Newport for bloodhounds.” from Maysville's Daily Public Ledger, February 25, 1896

Man shoots four in an 1898 shootout at a Bracht saloon, story here.

Bracht, Ky Bracht, Ky
Key West, 1880's Key West is just south of Bracht

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“The application of S. S. Mullins to keep a tavern at Key West, Ky., was granted yesterday by Judge Shine. There was a protest against it, but the Judge decided that the other crowd was the largest.” Cincinnati Enquirer, July 28, 1894
The Bracht-Piner Road was opened on December 18, 1926 and was described as the first
road to connect “the eastern and western portions” of the Dixie Highway.  The Covington Auto
Club even debated which side was shortest. The resolution is here.

Piner High School was dedicated on Sept. 27, 1914.  It was a frame building, and contained four classrooms and two halls, and was “beautifully situated on the Independence Pike.”

Kentucky Governor Ruby Laffoon spoke at Piner High School in 1933 to a crowd of 250.

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“Kentucky's largest meteorite was found in Kenton County in August, 1889, on a farm
 eight miles from Independence by George Cornelius.  It weighed 360 pounds.” 
Louisville Courier Journal, September 1, 1940

 

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On the left is a page from William D. Ehmann's Space Visitors in Kentucky: Meteorites and Meteorite Impact Sites in Kentucky on the Independence meteorite.  More about the one that hit Williamstown is here, or you can find the entire publication on line here.  It's a 53 page long pdf.  The drawing on the right is from the Rochester Academy of Science, which acquired it.

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The author of the postcard on the left describes this as “Our Home, 'Locust Point' at Spring Lake, Ky.”  It's postmarked in Springlake (one word) in 1909. Card on the right is 1910.


The Spring Lake community was east of Decoursey Road, near the south end of the L&N DeCoursey railroad yards.  The area was called Grant's Bend until roughly 1899, and there was discussion in 1906 to build a horse racing track there to compete with Latonia.  There's a picture of the Spring Lake Elementary School, below.

 

Dixie Heights

Dixie Heights High School, final construction, Spring, 1936
from a Facebook post by Nate Thamann

 

Dixie Heights & Its Elementary Schools, 1948
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Spring Lake
 

Dixie Heights
 

Bromley
 
The architect of the Dixie Heights building was Howard McClory.

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Forest Hills
 
Park Hills Crescent Springs
 

 

 

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Schools Busses at Dixie, 1948

Edgewood / Erlanger Aerial
That's Dixie Heights in the top center

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Taylor Mill gets a new elementary school for it's 460 pupils.

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St. Charles Nursing Home

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Covington - Kenton County
Tuberculosis Sanatorium
on Farrell Drive, off Kyles Lane.  a.k.a. “The Pest House”

Odilo “Shorty” Siegrist advertising a Ft. Wright Festival at 5th and
Madison in Covington.

Fort Wright Fire Department

 

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Read about the man for whom Fort Wright is named, Gen. Horatio G. Wright, at Wikipedia, here, or you can read Chester Geaslen's article on Wright from the Enquirer, here.
Fort Wright has absorbed many smaller Kenton County communities over the years.  South Hills was annexed in 1960, Lookout Heights in 1967, and Lakeview in 1977.

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Fiskburg Fiskburg Fiskburg
M. H. Frost Store, Fiskburg

The Fiskburg Garage
from the Bulletin of the Kenton County Historical Society

Wilmington Baptist, Fiskburg
Taken at it's dedication, August, 1953.  Read the story here.  (pdf)
This little church can trace its roots
back to 1804!  How old is 1804?  Try here.

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“Fiskburg is located on the Independence and Colesmanville [Harrison County] pike, 21 miles from Covington, and six miles from Morning View.  We have a post office, school, church, blacksmith shop, one store, cigar factory, toll gate, doctor and preachers.  We also have a Grange, Temple of Honor, and a Masonic Hall.  We want and must have a pike from here to Morning View [where the railroad is].  The sooner the better.”  from the Newport Local, September 5, 1878.

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April 15, 1879 , land sale of property between Northern Erlanger (Greenwood Station) and roughly where Dixie Heights is (Kenton Heights Station). Note that north points to the lower right on this plat.

“Key Hole. This village is situated between Kenton Heights and Greenwood, on the
Southern Railroad. The inhabitants are fisherman, loungers, and stem winders.” from Covington's Daily Commonwealth, March 13, 1879

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Summit Hills

Aerial View of Summit Hills Country Club

 

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Thomas More Foundation
had some real estate for
sale in 1986.

A still earlier view of
what would be
Thomas More.

Thomas More
College, c. 1973


Lawsuit over repair of Taylor's Mill Bridge, here.

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Tunnel Hill, near Covington
A Union outlook to watch for
Confederate troops threatening
Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati,
from Frank Leslie's Illustrated, Oct 4, 1862.


You know Fort Wright and Fort Mitchel,
but can you place Northern Kentucky's
Fort Rich?  Fort Perry? Here's a complete
(but see to the right) list of Civil War
fortifications in Northern Kentucky. 
See also a Chester Geaslen letter here.(pdf)

Camp King & Battery Overlook
the Covington& Lexington RR. 
But I find no Camp King
in the listing to the left.
from The Pictorial War
Record, c. 1880.
Additional Information about the Civil War in Northern Kentucky is at NKY Views Civil War Page, here.

Dr. Richard Cardosi has a video featuring Bates Battery, from the Civil War, on YouTube
It's number 20 on the battery map above.

 

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Bank Lick Creek
Artist: G. N. Frankenstein ;
Engraver: F. Humphreys.
This scene was published in an American
literary and art journal in 1849.  We've read
that it depicts a scene “a mile
 above its junction with the Licking River.”

“Only a few curious spectators were on hand
Sunday as the Ku Klux Klan continued its
membership drive in Northern Kentucky. 
The scene is the Old Sandfordtown Ball Park
on Ky. 17, where a Klan rally and cross burning
Saturday night was marked by scuffles between
Klansmen and newsmen, foremen and spectators.” 
Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 27, 1965


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Northern Kentucky Health Occupations
790 Thomas More Parkway
Northern Kentucky State
Vocational Technical School
1025 Amsterdam Road

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Kenton County Tavern Rates, 1883
Meals, each    40 cts
Lodging    40 cts
Common whiskey, per drink    05 cts
All Other Whiskey, per drink    10 cts
Brandy, rum, gin, wine, etc    15 cts
Grain or feed, per gallon    25 cts
Horses, per night, hay or grain    40 cts
Pasturage, per day    10 cts

From the Covington Daily Commonwealth, April 24, 1883

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“A Temperance Reform Club was organized at Staffordsville, Kenton county, Kentucky, on last Sunday. An able address on the subject of temperance was delivered by General John W. Finnell, and twenty-five persons were induced to pledge themselves to total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors.” Courier-Journal, June 10, 1869

 

Atwood was named for Atwood Bird, a bank president in Independence whose grandfather came to the place now known as Atwood in 1813.  Fiskburg was named for one Dr. Fisk; Nicholson was named for Dr. H. C. Nicholson, father of the noted builder George Nicholson; Piner was named for Brack Piner, a storekeeper there, after the name Goshen was disallowed; and Whites Tower was named for one George White, who farmed 300 acres in that area.

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“In the County Court, yesterday, Thomas F. Holmes
was granted the privilege of running a ferry for five
years across the Licking river at the road leading from
Independence to Alexandria.” 
The Daily Commonwealth,  September 28, 1880.
Deed restrictions that can seem reasonable in
some decades, can be way beyond quaint as time
passes.  Check out this deed restriction from a
1881 mortgage in Visalia.
Fire from lightening hits Visalia
in 1882.  Story's here.
In 1835, the mail route for Visalia was “From
Barry, by Visalia, Alexandria, Carthage, Flagg
Springs, to Point Pleasant, Ohio, 25 miles, and
back, once a week.” from the Kentucky Gazette,
August 29, 1835
The naming of Visalia, here.
Crime spree in Visalia, here

A pair of short items about Visalia
from 1878 are here.

Historic Visalia property
changes hands in 1934, more here.

“A new sect of Baptists, called the Berean, has organized a church at Visalia, on the K. C. [Kentucky Central]. 
It is the only one in the State and their particular belief is that while the righteous enjoy eternal bliss, the
wicked merely perish out of existence, there being no hereafter with them.  They believe in the special
providence of God, and are in number at that place of about 50.” 
from Standford, Ky.'s Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, June 29, 1886

General John Finnell's 1880 Raspberry Festival in Visalia, here.  Finnell's Grove was a popular
amusement venue of the time.  St. Patricks held a fund raising picnic there on June 25, 1871, 
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers held their annual picnic there on June 28, 1873,
and the Merry Young Bachelors of Canton Station gave a picnic there on August 5, 1871.

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Announcement from Covington's The Ticket, May 3, 1877

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Thieves try to derail a train near Visalia.  Story's here.

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“At the late term of the Kenton County Court the right to run a ferry across Licking river from Visalia, or Canton, as it is more generally called, was granted to F. M. Kennedy for twenty years.  He is to use a boat propelled by oars, 8 feet wide and 32 feet long, also a skiff 16 feet long and 4 feet wide.  The rates of ferriage are fixed as follows:  Foot passengers, 10 cents; horse 10 cents; sheep, hogs, and lambs, 2 cents each; hogsheads of tobacco, 10 cents; two wheeled carriage, or cart, 20 cents.” from the Covington Journal, March 5, 1870.

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In the 1870's the Covington's Commonwealth, later the Daily Commonwealth, published any number
of letters from correspondents from various communities in Kenton County.  Everybody knows about
Piner and Atwood and Nicholson, but how are you on these?

 

Pickettsville.  “This is a beautiful village, situated about one mile south of Stewartsville, and about two miles west
of Benton Station [Kenton].  It consists of a blacksmith shop, one wagon-maker's shop, a tobacco warehouse, and
several dwelling houses.”   from Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, January 29,1879

Websters Grove.  “Some will wonder where “Websters Grove” is. And we will try and give a description.  This beautiful
grove lies about 2 " miles west of Benton, 2 miles east of the Colemansville pike, 3 miles north of Point Lookout, 2 miles
south of Staffordsburg.  I could say much more of this grove, with its delightful breezes in the summer, but as I fear I
have wearied you already, I will desist.” from Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, March 19, 1879
There were two places in Kenton County which had post offices whose locations are not known: Cloyd's Cross Roads,
which had a PO from 1830-1835; and Sayers', which had a PO from 1832 to 1835.  We note that Cruise's Creek has a
tributary called Sayers' Creek.
Rouseville “This place is situated four miles south of Independence, on the Banklick Pike.  There is one large dry
goods store and grocery, one blacksmith shop, one wood shop, and several dwellings.  Mr. Robert Rouse is building
the largest tobacco barn in the county.”  from Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, May 2, 1879
Key Hole.  “This village is situated between Kenton Heights and Greenwood, on the Southern Railroad. 
The inhabitants are fisherman, loungers, and stem winders.”  from Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, March 13, 1879

Senours' Woods.  “This place is situated six miles from Covington on the Dudley Pike, and is a quiet and peaceable
neighborhood.  The farmers are preparing for the spring, making rails and resetting fences.”
from Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, February 26, 1879 

Goshen Ford. “Mr. Allen Northcut, a citizen of Kenton county, was attacked Monday night, near Goshen Ford,
south of Independence, by six men who knocked him from his horse, and robbed him of about five hundred dollars.”
Courier-Journal, August 12, 1869

Point Lookout.  “This place is situated between Cruises Creek and Darby Hollow.” 
from Covington"s Daily Commonwealth, February 12, 1879

Banklick

Bank Lick Valley, Kentucky 1869
Painting by Godfrey Frankenstein


This item says General LaFayette visited on Richardson Road. We have doubts.

Iris Spoor's History of Park
Hills is here. (pdf)  

George C. Weidner's profile
of Edgewood is here. (pdf)  

Crestview Hills has its
history on line here.  

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