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Ludlow, Kentucky

Before it was Ludlow, the area where Ludlow now  stands was to be a city named Hygeia. 
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Hygeia was the ancient Greek goddess of good health.


Scenes from Ludlow, Kentucky

Panoramic View of Ludlow


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We're at the corner of Euclid (earlier named George Street) & Elm.
That's John McCormick in front of his pharmacy on the left.


Hackstadt's Amusement Devices

Hackstadt's Amusement Devices

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 GH Hackstadt's
blacksmith shop
Hackstadt owned/operated the merry-go-round,
penny arcade and pony rides at the Lagoon. His
merry-go-round was portable and he would float
it down to Louisville for the State Fair. He later
trucked it down US42.
An outing at the Lagoon. That's
GH Hackstadt on the right,
holding the ponies.
All three of these from Tom Dryer posts on Facebook

In 1895, Hackstadt lived at Dry Creek and the Covington Pike in Bromley, but his shop was at 79 Elm in Ludlow: “General
Blacksmithing & Wagon Maker; Manufacturer in All Kinds of Vehicles; Horses Shoeing Promptly Attended to.”


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Ludlow Pharmacists John McCormick, left, and his successor, Ed Farrell.


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An aerial view of Ludlow
from c. 1877
Nick Braun's Saloon at
Carneal and Ash, 1888.
And yes, the man's an ancestor
of Bob and Rob Braun .
WW II Memorial,
c. 1980


Ryan Brothers

Krogers,1948, at Elm and Davies,
from a Facebook post by Charles Geise


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Elm Street, East of
Butler Street, Ludlow
Upper Elm Street,
Odd Fellows Hall
on Elm Street

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West Elm Street,
Elm Street,
East from Euclid,
Texaco Station


Suspension Bridge Ludlow Scene The Buffalo
Ash Street
from a Jeff Barkley post on Facebook
The Underpass
from a Facebook post by Charles Geise
The Old Buffalo
Elm at Carneal
from a Facebook post by Lance McCarthy


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US Post Office, nw corner of Kenner at Elm, Ludlow
left, That's William Baldwin, postmaster, in the center.
Thanks! to Tom Baldwin for these.

J Blaine Robinson
225 Elm, c. 1936


Ludlow Public School,

Ludlow Public School, March 20, 1910


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C. 1910 1907 1910 unknown year

 Public School, Ludlow,  built in 1895-97 at Oak and Adela; razed in 1957.

Ludlow High School



Ashcraft's Mobile Home
848 Elm, c. 1965
From a Facebook post by Dale Ashcraft


Fishing and Hunting Club

Ludlow High School Fishing and Hunting Club, 1946



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Miss Carneal, 1939 Ludlow's Anne Lee Patterson
Patterson was Miss United States, 1931. Later, she was a runner-up in the Miss Universe competition, altho that crown evidently was not without controversy. She later became a Ziegfeld girl. Google her for a variety of interesting pictures.


A few words about the history of Ludlow are here.

Ever see a banknote from the First National Bank of Ludlow?  Here's one.

In 1893, an unnamed old-timer from Ludlow recalls the days of the buffalo hunt at the Ludlow race track, the time Mr. Bentley tried to keep his cider in a 200 barrel cistern,  and the escape of John Hunt Morgan through Ludlow.  Read it all here. Also in 1893 this unnamed old-timer from Ludlow recalls the early days.   Read it all here

“Ludlow, Ky., July 27, - Saturday evening, Wm. Gardner was fishing at the ferry landing in this city, when he landed a catfish weighing about eight pounds, with two well-developed heads.  Numerous people in Bromley saw the freak, but Gardner did not think enough of it to preserve it, and it met death in a frying pan.”  from Maysville's Daily Public Ledger, July 27, 1897

The Kentucky Department of Labor counted how many people worked in selected Ludlow Businesses in 1916-1917.  Results are here.

John Major Hicks hangs for killing Henry Williams, in Ludlow, on December 15, 1880. The short version is here. Full details here.

“There are fifty-nine separate places of business in Ludlow, comprising forty kinds of businesses, viz.: Baking, barbering, brick-mold making, boots and shoes, coal, cigars, carpentering, confectionery, coal-harbor, clock-repairing, drugs, dry goods and notions, dress making, feed, groceries, insurance, boarding houses, lumber, lock smithing,medicines, meat, news depot, painting, printing, plane-making, saloon, tinware, wholesale liquor dealer, ministers, music teachers, plastering, tailoring, broom-making, pasturing, gardening, wood-swing, machinist, manufacturer of kindling wood, teaming, and loafing.”   from the Ludlow Reporter, February 20, 1875

In 1952, Vernon C. Lowdenback submitted his master's thesis at the University of Cincinnati on The Leisure-Time Activities of Ludlow, Kentucky High School Boys, 1949-50.  You can see his charts here.  His conclusion was: boys did not pursue wholesome enough activities.  Imagine our surprise . . .

“We notice that Captain McCoy has given us the Bessie Pearl [formerly running at Dayton] in exchange for the Fanny Webster.  The Bessie looks well, but is not adopted to the immense business of this ferry.  The Webster has gone on the dock, for a new rig, and in a few days will appear again, with a smooth front and her dress done up in the rear.”   from the Ludlow Reporter, June 19, 1875

The magazine In Kentucky ran a feature on Ludlow in 1939. Page 1 and page 2 and page 3.

“The Fanny Webster is the name given to the new Fifth Street ferry boat. The boat is named after a young miss of Ludlow, Kentucky, and will be completed in about two weeks.” Evansville (Ind.) Journal, December 30, 1869

Huge fire in 1892 at the Standard Oil plant in Ludlow.  Read it here. (pdf)

And then there was the Ludlow school for train robbery, details here.

“A Sixteen-year-old lad named John Bagley. Living in Covington, went out on his bicycle Saturday.  While speeding through the streets of Ludlow at a rate in excess of the limit fixed by the Town Council he ran into Mayor R. H. Fleming, and sent him sprawling to the ground.  Mayor Flemming jumped up before the boy could escape and after giving him a vigorous lecture ordered his arrest.  The accident happened just as the Mayor was alighting from a street car.  To-day the boy was fined $1 and costs for his performance.” From the New York Times, June 12, 1900.


Whipple and Bentley, 1880
Sole Proprietors of the Whipple Safety Bar


Lancaster Boys

Oak Street at the Lagoon spillway, Memorial Day, 1973
The crowd's looking for two boys who had drowned.
The tragic news story behind this one is here.
picture from a Facebook posting by Donny Walker


Ludlow and Covington Omnibus Line
Leaves Ludlow Leaves Bridge
at 6:00 a.m. at 6:30 a.m.
at 7:30 a.m. at 8:15 a.m.
at 9:00 a.m. at 10:00 a.m.
at 1:00 p.m. at 2:00 p.m.
at 4:15 p.m. at 5:00 p.m.
at 6:45 p.m. at 6:30 p.m.

F Theatre 'Bus leaves Ludlow every Thursday and
Saturday nights, returning at 11:30 p.m.  On
Sundays, will leave Ludlow at 9:30, and the bridge
at 10:30 p.m.  "On Time" is our motto.  
          Schmidt & Grimme

[from the Ludlow Reporter, April 24, 1875]