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Citizens Telephone Co. Road
 Crew, 1913-1914
Lumberjacks on Main Street, c. 1905
Thanks! to Jeanne Hartinger for this one
Brother Logan's Twins, May 28, 1921
In front of Owen Hulett's
A few words on Owen Hulett, here.


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Residence Section,
Main Street
Scene, c. 1930
Aerial of Lake
Williamstown, 1957


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The Scaffolding used in the last legal hanging in Kentucky,
 at the Kentucky Colonel, Williamstown, Kentucky

A list, of who was hung from this scaffold, is here.


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Lake Obispo,
Lake Obispo,
Lake Obispo,
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The Old Swimming Hole, 1946 Lake Obispo,
Lake Obispo,
Lake Obispo, a.k.a. Railroad Lake, was on the south side of Williamstown, and was a major water stop for the Southern Railway between Ludlow and Lexington.  It was a popular recreation site for years, but met it's demise along with the steam engines on the railroad.  It's been drained for a number of years.

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Williamstown, Kentucky

Williamstown, Kentucky

Williamstown, Kentucky

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Fixing the road south
of Williamstown, 1929
Lovers Lane,
Early motorist, 1910,
near Williamstown
Old Swimming Hole, Williamstown


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Williamstown Cemetery
Background on the W. G.
Cram Monument is here.
Squirrel McDonald, No. 2167 
A Kentucky Premium Saddle Stallion 
Owned by S. M. Billiter, Williamstown, Ky
More on this horse, here.
Map of Littell Bros Distillery
 on the Falmouth Pike
Can you get to the
 whole map?  Here.


The Williamstown Cemetery incorporated in 1860.


Homer Marshall

This is a 1937 Flood scene. Williamstown's
Homer Marshall is repairing flood damaged power lines in Newport.


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Wiedemann Beer
 Distributor Camp
Big Eagle Creek,
Williamstown, 1917 City Reservoir,
Built  in 1929
On the
Southern  Railroad,

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The editor of the Boone County Recorder loved taking road trips. The trips gave him the adventure of travel, it gave him copy for his paper, it gave him a chance to meet people of the area, and it gave him an opportunity, we'd guess, to sell ads and subscriptions. Nonetheless, his accounts make for interesting reads, as evidence by his trips to Williamstown, like this one 1876, and this one in 1881.
Fire in Williamstown, 1856.  Story here, and here. “Williamstown, Grant county, established telegraphic communication with the outside world Thursday.“ Courier-Journal, September 16, 1876
Fire in Williamstown, 1893.  Story here. Williamstown arsonist caught at last, here. A newspaper correspondent reports on Williamstown, alphabetically, from 1872, here.
$50,000 Fire, Williamstown, 1927.  Story here. Yet another shooting on Dead Man's Corner in Williamstown, 1869, here. Another in 1896, here. And another in 1909.

A Klan meeting in Williamstown is disrupted by gun fire in 1924.  Story here and here.

$100,000 Fire, Williamstown, 1951. Story here. Williamstown Sentinel is seriously called out by the Maysville Republican about a story on a Ku Klux Klan raid on a camp of African-Americans working the railroad in 1875. Here.
Williamstown fire of 1889 here. Chicagoan arrested in Grant County during prohibition, here. The naming of Williamstown, here.
“The Williamstown Mill and Light Company, Williamstown, Ky., has let a contract with Ellis King, Falmouth, Ky., for the installation of an electric light plant, including a street lighting system.  J. M. Riley, J. W. Shields, and others are members of the company, which has $15,000 capital stock.”
from The Iron Age issue of April 3, 1913.
Grant County establishes the Dew Drop Chapter of the Sons of Temperance. Barbour
Maysville Evening Bulletin, January 23, 1902
Williamstown was once the location of a madstone. What's a madstone? If you don't know, by all means brush up on this fascinating but arcane piece of folklore at this site. We know there was one because of this item.
Wanna see who got kicked out of the Williamstown Temperance Society in 1846?  Here. Williamstown votes to go dry. Festivities ensue. Read it here. 1921 Prohibition Raid on
Williamstown Moonshine, here.
“Williamstown, Ky., Sept. 23 - Seven thousand people were here Thursday attending the reunion of the 4th Kentucky confederate cavalry.  Union soldiers are participating.  There was a street parade, a public dinner, and speeches by Breckinridge, Duke, McCreary (all Wikipedia) and others.” from the Hickman Courier, Hickman, Ky., October 5, 1900 Covington paper has the news from Williamstown in 1880, here.
Nancy Miller arrested in Newport, tried in Williamstown, for aiding a slave to escape, here. “W. N. Simpson, who absconded from Williamstown, Grant county, about six months ago, leaving his wife behind and taking another woman with him, was arrested in Covington last Wednesday evening upon the charge of forgery. Simpson was Provost Marshal of Grant county during the war, and subsequently a hotel keeper in Williamstown. When arrested he had in his possession the sum of $500, which was immediate attached by Richard Brumback. Simpson was been sent to Grant county.” Courier-Journal, May 5, 1873
Eloping couple barely make it, here. “A drover named Almon, who resides in the vicinity of Williamstown, Ky., was waylaid by a band of robbers on his way home from Cincinnati, where he had sold 350 hogs, and robbed of $1,200.” Sacramento Transcript, February 25, 1851
The Grant County Historical Society's Newsletter relates details from a talk by Mr. Carl Leming, who recalled Williamstown's first electricity, in 1924, only being on from 11 am to 7 pm, except for Mondays. On Mondays, power was available at 7 am so homemakers could start their laundry.
“The wife and creditors of Richard Simpson, a well-known citizen of Williamstown, Grant County, mourn that gentleman's sudden departure for parts unknown. He took with him a blooming widow and $6,000. His wife sued for divorce.” Courier-Journal, February 18, 1873 “Our town is continuously getting rid of bad rubbage.  The old public privy has become a thing of the past; the old blacksmith shop on main street has been torn away and a nice building erected in its stead, the old James corner building will be removed this week, and work will begin on a handsome business block.” Williamstown Courier, September 1, 1892


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These detailed maps of Williamstown from 1895 are Sanborn Fire Maps, originally created to assist insurance companies assess risk for underwriting fire insurance, hence “fire maps.” These we've downloaded from the Library of Congress' site for Sanborns. They also had maps at that site for Williamstown in 1886 and 1890

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