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Mason County Tobacco Selling the Crop, 1910


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Tobacco Beds

Planting Tobacco in Kentucky

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The women on the
right are “worming,”
a.k.a. “suckering.”

For a relatively brief overview of the tobacco cultivating process, try this site.

For the sound of a tobacco auctioneer, there's this.


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The Home At the top of Lexington
Street, at Forest


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Various Tobacco Warehouses, 1910 On a warehouse floor, 1913 Inside the Home Warehouse

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More recent pictures from a Maysville Warehouse of employees on the job are here.

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Tuckiho Tobacco
Warehouse, Maysville
 “room for 150 wagons inside”
The Tuckiho opened in 1909

Inside “Home
 Tobacco Warehouse”

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco
 Re-Drying Plant, on the
L & N Railroad, Maysville


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World's Largest Tobacco Warehouse, circa 1914
Thanks! to Regina Stewart for this image

J. B. Heizer Tobacco Co.


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Map of Maysville Tobacco Warehouses, circa 1930
At the peak, there were 16 tobacco warehouses in Maysville

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Peoples Warehouse history is here. History of the Maysville tobacco market is here. State of the Maysville tobacco market in 1935 is here.
A list of all the tobacco warehouses from 1950.   Gray's Tobacco Warehouses
A Cincinnati Enquirer article in 1884 proposes to talk about the history of tobacco in Cincinnati, but spends the first column talking about the history of Maysville's tobacco markets. Here.

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  American Tobacco Company Gray's Liberty Warehouse,
Commerce and Third


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Kirk & Breslin at
Lexington & Third
Growers, #1 Warehouse

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These are all items from the Tobacco Wars of 1908 of so. If you're unfamiliar with the background of the night riders and the tobacco wars, we suggest starting here. Kreitz and Longnecker warned. Kreitz yielded to night riders; Longnecker did not, and gunfights followed. Mrs. A. C Respess finds an empty grave in her tobacco bed, here.
Ben Loud, near Maysville, is hit by night riders, here.

“The American Tobacco Company has placed a Gatling gun on the roof of their warehouse in Maysville, Ky., to prevent night riders burning the building. Men will be constantly on guard and work the gun if the night riders appear.” The Plymouth (Ind.) Tribune, March 19, 1908

Night Riders alleged to be from Maysville hit tobacco beds in Brown County, Ohio. Here. Twelve masked night-riders surrounded the home of James Devon a member of the tobacco pool, near Shannon, Kentucky, Sunday night and fired several volleys through the windows. No one was hurt, The night riders gave warning that they would return. Devon has armed himself and barricaded his house.” Sacramento Union, October 12, 1909, which almost certainly has mis-reported that Devon was a member of the pool. Pool members didn't get attacked.
This article gives the Night Riders credit, perhaps a bit prematurely, for raising tobacco prices. One Mason farmer brings in a cannon to protect his crop.
Sardis' Joshua Rees encounters Night Riders.  


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“Maysville Bulletin: A sample of white tobacco [burley], which we have been shown, grown on the farm of Mr. H. C. Morgan, of this county, is thirty-two inches in length, silky to the touch, and of a bright gold color. He planted last season forty acres, which produced something over 60,000 pounds, all of which will compare very favorable to the example. Dr. Morgan's crop is, however, an exception, as unfortunately a large proportion of the tobacco of the last season is heavy, of a dark color and of an inferior quality generally.” Courier-Journal, November 17, 1875

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An article on Maysville's tobacco industry from 1910 is here.

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