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c. 1950 c. 1965
St. Nicholas Hotel, Owenton, which was torn down in 1965



Mitchell Wagons; Florian & Attila Cox, Insurance; and True Groceries
From a Facebook post by Jane Fitzgerald Wright

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Owenton blacksmith Owenton shoe store, c. 1925


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Spike Thomas's in
Owenton, more here.
Hutcheson's Clothing,
Tackett's Mens Store,
Owenton, more here.


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Kraft Foods Nisius' Monument Shop Dunavent's Harness Shop



Owen RECC, 1966
“Heat by wire instead of fire”


Owen County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) became Owen Electric Cooperative. In January of 1938, Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler flipped the switch at a substation in New Liberty to energize homes for the first 100 Owen County R.E.C.C. members. This is their original headquarters, at 510 S. Main. From a Facebook post by Owen Electric Cooperative, Inc.


Owenton Business

1929 Owenton Service Station
Corner of Main & Seminary

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P & A Cox Co. &
Mitchell Wagons
Arnold & Riley Roller Mills,
West Adair Street, Owenton
Joe Glascock's Store in Owenton,
1901  It was a branch of the main
store in Williamstown


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Farmers National Bank The St. Nicholas Hotel C. T. Doty W. P. Swope, Clerk



Bud's Auto Sales, 1971


Funeral Home

Smither-Coates Funeral Home, 1966



Owen County Memorial Hospital, 1973



Lerman's Department Store, 1971


Saveway Supermarket

Saveway Supermarket, 1971



Krogers, 1947
From a Facebook post by Margo Karsner



McDanell's Farm Equipment on Rt. 22
From a Facebook post by Linda Jean McDanell


Allen Trout, a Louisville Courier-Journal columnist, writes about an account book from an Owenton store from 1846.  Interesting stuff.  You can read it here. A 1901 Owen Court grants a franchise to local men to build a railroad, story here.
“We [the Owen County Democrat] were the happy recipient of delicacies from the Owen Hotel on Friday last week. Pineapple ice cream and cocoanut cake were what they consisted of - just the thing for a hot day for anyone. Mine hostess, Mrs. Cash, will please accept our thanks.” Owen County Democrat, May 20, 1887
The Kentucky Bureau of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics, in 1916-17, only lists two businesses in Owenton - certainly there were more - and show the Owenton Telephone Co had as employees 2 men and women, while the Isenberg Bros. general store employed 3 men and 9 women. “Owenton,  Ky., - The Owenton Telephone Company has been incorporated with a capital stock of $7,500.  J. U. Connvach, June Gaybe, and J. A. Johnson are the incorporators.”
  from the American Telephone Journal, December 6, 1902
Stylish millinery opens in Owenton, story here. “The co-partnership heretofore existing between Lee and Bond, as publishers of the Owen News, has been dissolved. The paper will still be carried on by E.E. Lee.” Courier-Journal, January 13, 1873
“Honaker & Lewis is the style of the newest firm in Owenton.  It is composed of Fritz Honaker and Joe Lewis, two of our enterprising and accommodating citizens.  They will hold forth in the Glasscock's building next door the Littrell's, in Court street, and will run a first-class meat, restaurant, and grocery store,  Homemade candies, fruits and vegetables of all kinds will be kept fresh on tap at all times.  Mr. Honaker was at one time associated with Mr. Barthel, the baker, and is a practical candy maker.  Mr. Lewis is the proprietor of the Farmers Hotel, but expects to retire from this business the first of the year.”
 News-Herald, December 14, 1906.