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Balls Landing, Kentucky, 1908
The location known today as Perry Park was originally known as “Lick Skillet,”  (supposedly as a result of food being in such short supply that they had to . . .).  Afterwards, it was known as “Cleveland,” probably after the US president of that name.  It became Ball's Landing around 1887, and was changed to Perry Park in 1933.  The boat in the picture is the Falls City - more on her here.
Captain of the Falls City, Noble Nash Hundley Sr., whose sketch was drawn by a hobo bumming a ride on the steamer. Thanks to Kitty Cammack for the sketch. James Ball.  More about
him in the article below

Here's a little history on Owen's Lick Skillet.

Evidently there were several Lick Skillets (pdf) in Kentucky.
“The new Methodist church at Cleveland [a one time name of Lick Skillet] will be dedicated the fifth Sunday in July.” Boone County Recorder, July 26, 1899
A story from Mrs. Ira L. Arnold of Squiresville, in Owen County: “An enormous dead whale as brought to Ball's Landing [Perry Park] on a big fat kind of flat boat and anyone wanting to see this huge whale was welcome. I believe the fee was 25 cents. Our teacher made arrangements for all the pupils to go from the Squiresville school. We were allowed to go into the big mouth that was propped open. I remember it quite well. There was a giant chair in the mouth, but no one wanted to sit down.” Could it have been made of papier-mache? “Certainly not. The smell was all we needed to know it was real.”


Balls Landing


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Elmer Davis, for whom the lake is named Owen County School Bus
On Elmer Davis Road
Elk Lake Shores, near Owenton


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Lowdenback's Store  in Pleasant Home
In 1888, Pleasant Home incorporated as an actual town.
Natlee, c. 1910 Owen County log cabin.


Road Crew

Road Crew in Owen County with knapping hammers.
“I have one of those hammers in my tool box. It was my Dad's tool. I asked how he drove nails with it. I got The Look.” Donald Thomas, commenting on Facebook


County Truck
County Truck, taken, for some unknown reason, in front of the Louisville Public Library. There's a possibility that it's for Owen Co., Indiana.



From a Facebook post by Jenni Duncan

NewJohn S. Forsee's history of Hesler from 1939 is here (pdf).



Covey's Grocery at Four Corners


River Scene

On the Kentucky, 1920
Somewhere south of Lock #3 at Monterey

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Sites on the Owenton Carrollton Road, c. 1925


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Sweet Owen, from
Casa Bianca, 1931
Between Perry Park
and Gratz, c. 1923



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Tobacco in Owen
County, 1907
In 1931, Kentucky Progress Magazine
named George W. Davis one of it's few
Kentucky Master Farmers.
At the Owen
County Fair, 1931


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These three Owen County sheep farming images are all from the
Kentucky Agricultural Extension Service, and are, from left to right,
from 1932, 1937, and 1927.


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Poplar Grove Baptist Church

A description of Poplar Grove from 1880 is here


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The Poplar Grove to Glencoe Turnpike was authorized in 1875. This image is 1930's.


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Mussel Shoals Church, a painting by Ron Wainscott
From a Facebook post by Jim Mason

A few words on the background of Muscle Shoals Church


Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge Baptist

These are all from A History of Owen County Baptist Association and Its Churches . All are pdf's. Beech Grove Baptist Cedar Hill Baptist
Concord Baptist Dallasburg Baptist
Elk Creek Baptist Greenup Forks Baptist Harmony Baptist Long Ridge Baptist
Moxley Baptist Mt. Hebron Baptist Mt. Pleasant Baptist Mt. Zion Baptist
Mussel Shoals Baptist New Columbus Baptist Old Cedar Baptist Pleasant Ridge Baptist
Richland Baptist Salem Baptist Southfork Baptist Squiresville Baptist

NewHarmony Baptist was once incorporated by the Kentucky Legislature


Old Cedar Baptist is on the National Register of Historic Places. Read their application here.

The New Liberty Baptist Church traces its ancestry back to the Church of the Twinns (not a typo), which was originally located near the mouth of the Twins Creeks, which flow into the Kentucky River near Perry Park.  We're talking 1801 here, folks. How far back is 1801? The list of charter members is here.



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Natlee Covered Bridge

NewA little background on the Natlee covered bridge is here.


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White Burley, Owen County, Kentucky


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Long Ridge Store, c. 1910


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Beechwood School New Columbus
Elementary School


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Remember when Perry Park had it's own post office?

Eagle Creek declared navigable. !?!?
“CHURCH FOR SALE: I will offer at public sale on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 3 o'clock P. M. the church building, benches, chandeliers, pulpit, chairs, and all content of the M. E. Church at Sweet Owen. - J. W. Bentley”  from the Owenton News-Herald of September 19, 1907. Charles Johnson reminisces about the boats that used to ply  the Kentucky River, and other Kentucky River memories, here.
“'The celebrated living, moving, automatic, self-adjusting, non-digesting, anti-troublesome, self-manipulating, trans-migratory, perfect-acting walnut huller,' in the shape of a cow, owned by M. G. Waldrop, , at this place [Sweet Owen]. The living curiosity has a morbid appetite for the walnut, which she satiates by swallowing them to her heart's content.  Afterward she belches them up, chews off, and swallows the hull, giving her keeper the walnut to crack.” Owen County Democrat, November 26, 1886
Steam mill explodes in Caney precinct; kills two.  Story here. Mill Explodes in Sweet Owen, story here.
Kentucky Legislature declares Long Ridge dry in 1884. Ep, west of Hesler, is said to have been named for a woman named Penelope, whose family simply called her Ep.
Kentucky Legislature revises the New Columbus prohibition law. Owen County prohibition law gets a do-over, 1888.
“The boiler of the steam mills of Kennedy, Bovin & Co., at Pleasant Home, Owen county, exploded last week. Fortunately no one was hurt” Courier-Journal, October 21, 1869 Harmony is incorporated as a city in 1867.
Harmony incorporation repealed in 1886.
An Act to incorporate a toll road from Sanders to
Dallasburg (Wheatley) is here.
“The Carrollton Democrat says the Concord Association of Baptists met in the woods on the farm of Josephus Vanderen, about a mile southeast of Dallasburg, on Tuesday last, and after being in session three days adjourned, Thursday evening, to meet again at Muscle Shoals, Owen County,in August, 1872. There was an immense attendance, mostly from Owen, Carroll, Henry and Gallatin counties. The business part of the proceedings was transacted harmoniously, and a number of able sermons were delivered.” Courier-Journal, August 15, 1871
A history of Perry Park is here. (pdf)
Hessler's past detailed here.
Wheatley's Sturgeon Riley gives an account of his education at the Michigan State Auto School, here.
C. F. Pryor writes on the road between Sweet Owen and Long Ridge, since 1883.
“Marion, a landing on the Kentucky River in this county, known to the mailing public as Moxley, named in honor of a much esteemed and good citizen, A. Moxley Riggs, has improved so in the last two years that the place is now familiarly spoken of as a  'town,' and honored as a hamlet.  A. D. Daniel & Co. began selling goods there in the early part of '84, at which time no other business was carried on and only two dwelling houses stood in the vicinity.  Now the place has all the accommodations of a village.  Besides general merchandise, blacksmithing, shoe-making and saddlering are among its accommodations.”  Owen County Democrat, Dec. 10, 1886 “Cincinnati, O., July 28 - A band of Ku-Klux made a raid on the farm of Mrs. Mason Brown, the mother of J. Gratz Brown, in Owen County, Ky., on Friday night, killed Louis Wilson (colored), burned his house down, and damaged other farm property.  The farm contained large growing crops of corn and tobacco, which it will be difficult to harvest in the3 absence of labor driven off by the Ku-Klux.  Other farms were visited by them, and the owners were warned against employing negroes as workmen.  It is said that the Ku-Klux came from Henry County.” Chicago, Tribune, July 29, 1871
A far-fetched tale from Pleasant Home, here. “About ten days ago a mad dog, in the upper end, tore the dress from a little child of Devon Smith's. His wife washed the dress, her hands being chapped at the time, and in the washing, the saliva was inoculated in her hands, causing great pain. She went to a mad-stone, which stuck for about twelve hours. She then came home, thinking the poison was all out, but had a severe spell on the following night. She started again for the stone this morning.” Courier-Journal, November 4, 1876
“Last Saturday morning, a little three-year-old daughter of J. S. Head, of Owen county, was bitten by a dog supposed to be rabid. A madstone was applied, and the child is said to be doing well.” Courier-Journal, May 16, 1873
And if you need more background on what a madstone is, by all means, brush up on this fascinating but arcane piece of folklore at this site.
News and politics in 1908 from High View Farm, near Sweet Owen, here. The History of the Squiresville Baptist
is here. (pdf)


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San Francisco Call, July 29, 1894

Col. William Breckenridge (Wikipedia) comes to Moxley.


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Wheatley's Compound
 that Great Vegetable Remedy for the cure of Colds and Fevers
( . . . and probably at least 40 proof.)

"Dallasburg – Will McNeel is the most hospitable merchant in town, he keeps
 a bucket of gratuitous lemonade.”   From the Carrollton Democrat, February 4, 1882

“Fletcher Murphy and ‘Yellow Bill Smith’ residents of Dallasburg precinct, in Owen
county, enjoyed a neighborly exchange of shots on Monday last. Smith was well peppered
with shot and Murphy got a rifle ball through the thigh.” Courier-Journal, October 24, 1870.

The Dallasburg Seminary was established in 1851

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Greetings from Wheatley
“To Miss Ocie Bilb, Balls Landing, Owen Co. Ky
 I am just fine and dandy.  I haven't studied 
much since school was out.  Clarence B.”
Greetings from Moxley