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Independence, Ky

Peanut Charlie's, Independence
Peanut Charlie's story is here.

 

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Private Residence
Kenton County Jail
Kenton County Court House

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"There has not been a commitment to the county jail in Independence for twelve months past. 
The last prisoner was released from the institution in August, 1871."
 From the Covington Journal, April 20, 1872

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The F. G. Oxley House, Independence
 (you can locate it on the map below)
Thanks to Liz Alosi for sending the image. 
 If you have any more info on the home, you can email her here.

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3L Highway

The origin of the name "3L Highway"?  Try here.

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Thought to be c. 1957
From Facebook posts by Eric Bolen. 
Independence Fire Department Independence V.F.D.,
1941 A list of men in
the picture is here.

 

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Kenton County Court House Nie's Pharmacy, c. 1975 Chapman's, 1966,
5213 Madison Pike
Earlier a Shell Station

 

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Thanks to Tom List for posting these three pictures of the Scott School, near Independence. The only student we can identify is the girl in the black dress in the image on the right - thought to be Lucy Eudora Beers

 

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Pleasure Isle Independence - Nicholson
Bus Line Taken in front
of the old Court House
in Covington
J. D. Patton Area Vocational
Education Center
3234 Turkeyfoot Road

 

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Map of Independence,
1883, from:
An Atlas of Boone, Kenton
and Campbell Counties,
Kentucky, published by
D. J. Lake & Co.
Same bridge as
below, going south
St. Cecelia.
Xmas, 1927

 

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from the Cover of the L&N Employees Magazine, July, 1957
The L&N train above is coming out of Tunnel #6 onto Bridge #40, over Bank Lick Creek.
The train here is coming north.  The tunnel #6 would be “daylighted” in 1962, as shown below:

 

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Scenes from the 1962 daylighting of tunnel #6.
Read the story here. (pdf)

A track re-alignment and culvert installation occurred at about
the same time.  Story and a few pictures are here (pdf)

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At the corner of Independence Station Road
(before and after the station was built!)
Early View of Independence

 

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Joe Schmiade, Kenton
 County Police Officer
Dixie Highway Speed Cops
 (Rt 17 used to be called
the Dixie Highway)
Kenton County Police
Department, 1971

 

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The Kenton County Fire Department in the 1950's.  The
truck had earlier belonged to Elsmere; and was earlier
a US Army vehicle.

 

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John Folmer at his garage
 with Chevrolet Busses
Early railroad workers
 on the L&N near Independence
A *very* early train
 through Independence Station

 

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Scenes from the Folmer farm near Independence

Scenes from the Bach
farm, Independence
(where the Kenton Co.
Garage is now)

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High School, Independence Simon Kenton Busses, 1941

 

 

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C. A. Quick Whiskey Distillery
Scott, Kentucky
(roughly where Fowler Creek meets Banklick Creek)

 

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Simon Kenton Gymnasium, 1941

 

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Simon Kenton, 1941 The Simon Kenton Band, 1982

 

There's video! Independence in 1938.  The one on the left is mostly schools; the one on the right is mostly city scenes..

 

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Four Independence women start a church.
Read more about them, here.

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The naming of Independence, here. The City of Independence has its community website here.
“A most enjoyable and unusual affair to place at the Simon Kenton High School Saturday evening, where 140 people gathered at a banquet to talk over old school days of the nineties, when they were pupils of the Dunlop and Lucy private school in Independence.”   from the Kenton-Campbell Courier, April 7, 1938.
“A fire at Independence, Ky., yesterday, destroyed the warehoused of Ellis & Stephens. Two hundred thousand pounds of tobacco was burned. Loss, $15,000; fully insured.” Indianapolis News, June 5, 1877
“Independence, Kenton county, voted against the sale of liquor, Tuesday.” Courier-Journal, November 11, 1876 Campbell County man discovers an Independence fortune, here.
Rev. Paul Ryan's history of St. Cecilia is here. Professor missing from Oak Island Seminary, here.
Judge orders Covington City Council to provide furniture for the courthouse. City Council says no.  Turns out that might have been a bad idea.  Story's here. 1917 Fire in Independence, here.  
“We are glad to learn that Mr. William Smith, who has considerable experience in the business, has commenced running an Omnibus daily between Covington and Independence.  The attempts heretofore made to establish a line between these two point have failed – why, we do not know.”  Covington Journal, November 30, 1850
L&N timetable for Independence Station, 1879, here. A Civil War incident in Independence, here.
Area south of Independence “kept in constant terror” in Civil War., Details here.
The Kentucky Post reports on January 16, 1908 that a march was planned by tobacco farmers from Nicholson to Independence.  State Senator Elliston would speak and the parade would be led by the Walton Brass Band, with marchers from Boone, Grant, Pendleton, and Kenton Counties.  Marchers in the parade would all sign a pledge in support of the American Society of Equity, refuse to grow any tobacco crop in 1908, refuse to lease land to anyone not pledged to the Equity, and to not house any tobacco not grown by the Equity.  Hundreds marched. The parade was a support of the tobacco wars of 100 years ago, about which you can read more, here.

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