street scenes

Florence, Kentucky

Lexington Pike, East from Girard, Florence
postmarked Erlanger, 12-03-1914,
 to Miss Lillian Corbin, 625 Washington St., Newport, Ky,  
 There was so much of interest in your last letter I can't even attempt to answer, so will
just send you a picture of a section  of Pike St in Florence, looking toward Erlanger from Charley M's 
Store - you will prize the view. The x is the P.O.  Anna


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Florence, Kentucky    Main Street, Florence,
all circa 1910.
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The Old Store in Florence
an old postcard plagiarized from a John Uri Lloyd Photo


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Ford  Garage,  1930


These two locations on Main Street in Florence are on the National Register of Historic Places. Applications here - each a pdf - contain histories, maps, and interior and exterior photography.

Florence Fire Station Florence Hotel


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Price Pike That's John Uri Lloyd standing
in front of one of his boyhood
homes, on Banklick.
US 42, going west from Mall Road
from a Mark Krummen post on Facebook


US 42

US 42, we believe looking northeast at what today is 42 and Wetheringon
From a Facebook post by Old Northern Kentucky


Shelby Street

Shelby Street, looking toward Main
From a Facebook post by Gin-Nie Tanner Smith


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Florence Post Office
The post office was in Jim Tanner's Hardware Store, in the left in this image. 
 A hundred years ago, PO's were a cabinet in a corner store, and whose store housed the PO
was subject to change every time the political winds shifted.

A little background on Florence post offices is here. (pdf)

Florence Postmaster robs mail.



We love the images that seem to be of absolutely no interest when they were taken, but years later would show a very busy scene. You're looking south on I-75 in 1970. If you could look to the right, y'all would see a giant water tower. From a Facebook post by Winston Beech.



Florence Aerial
BCHS in the lower left; Turfway at the upper right; I-75 under construction
From a Facebook post by James Horton


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Greenview Road, looking north from Burlington Pike, August, 1956 US 42 / I-75 Exit in Florence, 1964  


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C. W. Myers' Store, 1903 Fred Reich's Shop,1903 House on Main   House on Banklick Next
to Methodist Church


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A painting by Thomas Corwin Lindsay
Stringtown on the Pike, c. 1901


The Florence Hotel Building is on the National Register of Historical Places. Read the text, and see the pictures, both pdf's. A 1916 article on Florence is here.
In 1907, the president of the Burlington-Florence turnpike acknowledges that maybe automobiles are here to stay.  
In 1843 you didn't have to pay taxes for the upkeep of the roads in Florence. There was, however, this. The “Parson of Stringtown” writes a letter describing parts of Florence, here.
Complaints in 1881 about the tolls on the road from Florence to Silver Lake. Suffragette has success in Florence.

NewLake Drive

Dogwood Lane / Lake Drive 1960

If you wondered why this circle in Florence had two different names, it's because they were established at different times. We note that Lake Drive does not, in fact, border those lakes that separate it from US 42.