Dry Ridge, Kentucky

Dry Ridge, Kentucky

Main Street, Dry Ridge, 1901

From John Conrad's History of Grant County, we know that in the above image is looking north on Main Street from near the Broadway intersection.  The building on the right - with very little actually showing, is the Carlsbad, and the building next to it would later be acquired by the Carlsbad.  The next building is J. B. Sanders Main Store (there's a picture in the Dry Ridge - 1901 section of these pages).  In later years, it became the McAtee Store


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The 1927 fire would wipe out most of these buildings.
Stories of the huge 1927 Dry Ridge fire: from the first day and the second day.
Grant County News coverage of the fire.
Image from a Facebook post by the Grant County Historical Society


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We believe this is Old Lexington Pike going north into Dry Ridge Golden Rule Farm (Mrs. Ollie Landrum)  A-1 Chicken Dinner Our Specialty. Near US 25 Dry Ridge.



J. B. Sanders & Company
April, 1892



Nadine (Kinman) Blackburn standing in front of a delivery truck owned by Green Acres Dairy. Background.
From a Facebook post by the Grant County Historical Society


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Harry Eckler's Dry Ridge Motor Car Company, 1916
from the left, that's a Cadillac, Ford, Oakland, Cadillac, Ford, Ford.
The Dry Ridge Motor Car Company was the agent for Ford and Oakland Model cars and was run by
 Dan Points and P. J. Clements.  It later became T. & W. Ford


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Public School, Dry Ridge,

The Dry Ridge High School, home of the Cardinals, whose teams wore black and red.

We've pdf'd the Cardinalettes (yearbooks) for the Dry Ridge High School from 1936-1937, and 1937-1938. These are big files.


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The Webster Home, on Greenville Road near Dry Ridge

Thanks to Betty Howe Webster for sending us this.  She writes:  “I know that nine generations of my family have lived in this home.  My grandmother is the young girl with the horse; her mother died when she was born and her uncle and great aunt's raised her.  My nephew, Steve, is living in the house, which looks much differently today.  Several of the people in the picture were buried in the family cemetery on the property. My brother and I were born here. It was very common to have the visitation of the deceased in the home.”



The first Dry Ridge Baptist Church. Details
From a Facebook post by the Grant County Historical Society


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Baptist Churches
 Note there are two Baptist
churches in image
First Baptist Church


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Dry Ridge Primitive Baptist Church
The Grant County Historical Society provides some background.


Crittenden Christian
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Dry Ridge Christian Church Dry Ridge Christian Church   Ground breaking From a Facebook post by the Grant County Historical Society, via Rev. Tim Polley

A history by Mrs. R. T. Rash, in
August of 1934, is at this site.
A history from Mr. Philip
Points, in 1959, here, (pdf).
A history by
Wendell H. Rone, Sr.,
here. (pdf).
“There were 2,000 people present at the dedication of the Christian church at Dry Ridge, Ky.” Courier-Journal, August 13, 1900

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Grant County Equity Tobacco Warehouse, 1907
It was next to the depot, on the Knoxville Road.

Night Riders in Dry Ridge in 1909.  The story is here, but if you're not familiar with the Night Riders, or
 The Equity, we suggest you go here first, and read about the Kentucky Tobacco Wars.

“A disastrous fire occurred at Dry Ridge, Grant county, last Wednesday afternoon, between 5 and 6 o'clock, consuming the Glover Tobacco barn and about $7,000 worth of tobacco, the Dry Ridge Depot, two houses and a blacksmith shop, all in South Dry Ridge.  Total property loss estimated at about $10,000 or $12,000.  The fire started in the tobacco barn into which Mr. Glover had received $5,000 worth of tobacco only the day before.” The Boone County Recorder, February 20, 1907. Another incident from the Tobacco Wars

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“Dry Ridge is still moving on.  They will soon have a new bank, three churches, and a large place of merchandising and milling.  Her citizens are awake and are sparing no expense to make it a business center for a large scope of the county.” - the Williamstown Courier, September 3, 1891.

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from the back: “A filling station in Dry Ridge near the African-American Church. Once ran by Bullet Hank. Mr. McKenny and Mr. Roger of Falmouth.” From a Facebook post by The Grant Count Historical Society


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Ploughing the rail yard in Dry Ridge. Mark Lemming, driver
From a Facebook post by Jon Erin

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Wiedemann Beer
 Distributor Camp
Big Eagle Creek
Wiedemann Beer Distributing
Storage, Dry Ridge
Fish Aquarium of Wiedemann Beer Distributor


Cincinnati Daily Commercial, October 6, 1865


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Ad for promoting the Ku Klux Klan Rally in Dry Ridge
from the Grant County News, June 19, 1925


Camp Meeting
The Bourbon News, August 13, 1897

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The Bourbon News, August 20, 1910

The First State Bank of Dry Ridge failed during the depression.



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A. L. Lancaster's Meat
Market, 1901
The Drug Store of George H.
Miller, 1901, “on the ground
floor of the Adkins Block”


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Dry Ridge Class of 1926
Kentucky Post, May 18, 1926


Dry Ridge Dairy

Dry Ridge High School Class of 1950
From a Facebook post by Donald Lee Skirvin


Dry Ridge, Kentucky new
Early Citizens Bank
check & logo
Even earlier, from the First National
Bank of Dry Ridge

The Citizens Bank (Dry Ridge) was established on June 29, 1918. Original officers.

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Wm. K. Lewis was in the chicken business
ad's from a 19th century Warsaw Independent

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The first jail built in Grant county (a log pioneer structure) was built by Absalom Skirvin in Dry Ridge.  He was also among the people (others were William Conrad, Robert Childers, Sr., Rachel Conyers, Elizabeth Franks, Jacob Franks, John Skirvin, Sr., Jesse Conyers and John Lawless) who started the old Baptist Church of Christ on the Dry Ridge, a predestinarian Baptist Church organized in Virginia, but established in Kentucky in August of 1791.  Indian attacks were a major concern of their early meetings.  The two leading organizers of that early church were Elder John Connor and Elder Lewis Corban.

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A History of Dry Ridge from 1928, here. Why is it named Dry Ridge? Here.
Severe storm damages Dry Ridge in 1920, here. Feud plays out in the streets of Dry Ridge in 1898
St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 15, 1881
Dry Ridge banker locks wife out in the snow, here. You can no longer let your livestock roam free in Dry Ridge.
Dry Ridge thief caught, 1858.  
An arsonist does serious damage in Dry Ridge in 1915.  Story is here. Fire in Dry Ridge, 1907.
“Some of our leading citizens are agitating and advocating the question of changing the county seat of the good old county of Grant from its present location to Dry Ridge.  They claim that they can make up about $50,000.00 toward the building of a new court house and other offices when the time comes to take a vote on the question.  We imagine they will have to bid pretty strong to get the court house.” From the Williamstown Courier , December 22, 1898
Tran Wreck
Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, August 31, 1886

Gaines to Walton

It of course got re-established
Licking Valley Register, December 18, 1841

There was push to get a railroad, or a traction line, from Owenton, to Dry Ridge, to connect to the Southern

Dry Ridge Dairy

Green Acres Dairy
From a Facebook post by Donald Lee Skirvin

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