Mystery Toll Gate


This three-legged intersection has a sign for Marks & Benson, a Madison, Indiana store, and is from a collection of other Carroll County items. It's exact location? Don't know. From a Facebook post by Bill Davis

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1866 Carroll County Railroad Proposals
You'll want a key to all those red lines on the map. It's here.


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St. Peter's Lutheran Church, circa 1910, Hunter's Bottom
The above two images are from Trimble County Heritage, 1989.

A few words on the history of this church are here.

They converted from using German to requiring English in 1928.

Diane Perrine Coon has put together a really fine pdf document on the origins of Hunter's Bottom.
For more, see her web site at

Hunters Bottom's Elias Demint.

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A citizen of White's Run extols his community's virtues in 1874, here. “David Wilson, formerly of Mill Creek district, then Gallatin, now Carroll county, served through the Revolutionary and Indian wars, was married five times, raised forty-nine children, and lived to be ninety-six years old. His sides were a solid plate of bone, without anything like a rib, hence he was called “Ironsides.” The strongest man in the community might strike him in the side with all his might without inducing injury.”Courier-Journal, April 18, 1868, reprinting from the Carrollton Democrat
White's Run Baptist Association notes here. (pdf)
Edmund Prince arrested for aiding slaves escape from Hunter's Bottom.  Here “Moses T. Hoagland, aged 90 years, 7 months and 6 days died at his residence
in Hunter's Bottom, Carroll county, Wednesday last. He had been a resident of that vicinity since 1800; was an officer in the War of 1812, and an intimate friend of Gen. Jackson.”Courier-Journal, May 18, 1869
Arson at the Blossom Hill School. The Lexington Herald ran a feature story about Easterday. (say “Easterdee”)
The Hunters Bottom Historic District's description, which has details of many of its antebellum homes, is here. (pdf) “A correspondent of the Carrollton Democrat thinks that ‘perhaps no place on
God's green earth has more beauty than Hunter's Bottom: a land flowing with milk and honey, and the inhabitants celebrated for their hospitality and kindness of heart’”Courier-Journal, March 27, 1871
The 50 or so men from Hunters Bottom that joined Civil War forces called themselves the Invincibles.  Their story is here. (pdf) “Gold has been found in paying quantities on the farm of John Obertata, in Hunters Bottom, a few miles below Carrollton.  Eastern parties have been assaying specimens and their report is so favorable that work in mining the product will begin at once.”   The Owenton News-Herald, April 20, 1905

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Rural Carroll County


Carroll County, Kentucky 

The Lewis Sanders Home
at the southeast corner of I-71 and the Ghent-Eagle Station Road

Grass Hills' application for inclusion on the National Register of Historical Places (pdf).
Read more about Lewis Sanders here. The bio at the left notes that Sanders was “known widely for importing shorthorn cattle and improving the breed” in 1816. A hundred years later, they were still known. Here.
From the Draper Papers (MS15CC41), we find, in an interview with General Butler, this little gem: “Sanders (of Grass Hills, Gallatin) entertained [Aaron] Burr at his table.”


Whites Run

Whites Run Church and School
From a Facebook post by Jamey Cobb


Carroll County, Kentucky Frank Butler Grass Hills School

McCool's Creek Park, 1944

Supposedly, this is Carroll County's Frank Butler, who,
told he should move south for his health, did.
Grass Hills School
From a Facebook post by Jamey Cobb


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The Best Show of Fat Cattle at the 1931 Bourbon Stock Yards
were shown by these Carroll Countians.


Locust Store

Locust Store
From a Facebook post by Carroll County Kentucky


Locust School Locust BBall Team
Mary Nell Jenkins, Locust School
Locust Basketball Team
both from Facebook posts by Amy Sevigny

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History of the Bramblett Baptist Church is here. A correspondent describes Locust, in a two part article from 1885. 
Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. (pdf's)
“Last Saturday night the store at Eagle Station belonging to Joseph Sams was entirely consumed by fire.  We understand there was about $2,600 worth of goods on which there is about $1,400 insurance.”  the Maysville Republican, March 4, 1876, quoting the Carrollton Independent
“The Lower White's Run Baptist church, in lower Carroll county, was destroyed by fire on Sunday evening, the 13th.” Courier-Journal, March 21, 1870 Eagle Creek declared navigable. !?!?
About Eagle Station before it declined, here. A 1905 fire in Eagle Station is reported here.


Eagle Stock Farm Jordan Baptist
Eagle Stock Farm
From a Facebook post by Carroll County Kentucky
  Jordan Baptist Church, near Eagle Station


Mound Hill Mound Hill
  Mound Hill Christian Church, existed C. 1887 - c. 1945, in what is now Carlisle Road. From a Facebook post by Bill Davis



Eagle Valley Meteorite Eagle Valley Meteorite Eagle Valley Meteorite
“One of the most interesting of Kentucky meteorites and the one which has the reputation of being the finest and most beautiful pallasite (Wikipedia), was found near Eagle Station, Carroll County.  The main mass is now in Natur Historishe Museum in Vienna and efforts to obtain a piece of it were fruitless after the Nazis took over Vienna.” Louisville Courier-Journal, September 1, 1940

Pieces are also held by the Smithsonian, and the London Museum of Natural History.

More details than you likely wanted to know about the Eagle Station Meteorite are here.
(pdf from the American Journal of Science, March, 1887)

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