falmouth scenes

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Assembly Building, Falmouth Highway Department
Building, c. 1927
 Shelby Avenue, Looking
 West, Falmouth


Falmouth, Kentucky
c. 1959
Falmouth, Kentucky
c. 1950
from a Facebook post by Rick Brown from a Facebook post by Greg Justice

The Arrow


The caption says this is the Masonic Temple, and it was, but you more likely know it as Houchen's Clothes and Shoes, operating in this location from 1939 to 1997.  It was used by the KKK and the Odd Fellows as well as the Masons.  The third floor was added later; the original building is from 1873. This image is c. 1910. Falmouth, Kentucky


In 1914, they re-named a lot of Falmouth Streets. Old and new names here.


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Main Street Looking South Main Street Looking North


If you run into references to “Cyn Pike,” that's a shortened version of Cynthiana Pike, a.k.a. Main Street.


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1969 Set Up

1969 Street Fair


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Shelby Street Scenes, From Facebook posts by Greg Justice


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Main Street, 1969


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l-r: Roy Blevins; Jim Walton, Butler policeman; Jim Hammond, Falmouth policeman; Earl Gillespie, jailer; Joe Green, Falmouth policeman. Court Day in Falmouth


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Aerial Views of Falmouth
left, from a Facebook post by Denny Lipscombe
Avenue, Looking
West from Main
Shelby Avenue, Looking West
from Main, Falmouth, c. 1910



The catch of the day


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      from a Facebook post by Emily Fisher Greene

Falmouth Street Scenes



Park and Shelby
From a Facebook post by Greg Justice


Falmouth Utilities

The circus is coming to town
Falmouth Outlook, April 17, 1908


Falmouth Utilities

Falmouth Utilities, 1928
Read all about the Falmouth Utility Company, here.


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Looking north
 on Main Street
Looking south
on Main Street
Falmouth Post
 Office, 1941
Shelby Avenue, Looking
 West from Main, Falmouth


Shoemakertown Shoemakertown Shoemakertown Shoemakertown
Oldham Mansion in Shoemakertown Shoemakertown in the 1937 Flood
  from the Pendleton Co Picture Hub,
from Rick Brown
from the Pendleton Co Picture Hub,
from Deborah Orr
from Facebook posts by the Pendleton County Historical and Genealogical Society


Falmouth, Kentucky

This map is keyed to this document, which is a walking tour of
Falmouth, with details on the various buildings noted on the map.
Interesting stuff.


The 1793 Act that created Falmouth is here.
“The Falmouth and Williamstown Telephone Company has completed its line from Falmouth to Boyd, which gives Falmouth telephone connections with all of the towns of central Kentucky.”    from Telephone Magazine, October, 1901 “J. R. Poindexter, Cynthiana, Ky., was awarded the contract for the constructing water  works in Falmouth for $13,793.20.”
 from Municipal Engineering, January, 1896
Falmouth is named after Falmouth, Virginia The story of the 1887 lynching of William Jackson, here. More here, and here. William Jennings Bryan comes to Falmouth, here
“Falmouth suffered a loss of about $40,000 early this morning and not a cent of insurance.  McDonald’s Distillery, flour mill and ware-house caught fire about two o’clock and were completely destroyed.  The fire is supposed to have been occasioned by the bursting of a column.  The machinery was new and had been in but a few weeks.  The work of rebuilding will at once be commenced.”     Covington's Kentucky Journal, Thursday, March 21, 1893
Falmouth extends its boundaries in 1874. “A genuine wolf is reported to have been caught and killed by a pack of hounds one day last week, one mile east of the Levengood Station.” Covington Journal, March 27, 1875, reprinting from the Falmouth Outlook. “Every boy in town has one of those terrible whistles. If the man who introduced them in Falmouth could be got a hold of it is hard to tell what manner of severe punishment he would be subjected to.” Covington Journal, March 27, 1875, reprinting from the Falmouth Outlook.
We seem to have two Falmouth Women's Club histories from 1926, here and here. A Union commander reports Falmouth Status in 1862, here. In 1917, the Falmouth Outlook ran a history of Falmouth in it's 65 Years Ago column. Read it here.
The big issue at the Falmouth City Council meeting of July 22, 1925 was whether or not to turn on electrical current for the town on Sunday. It was at that time only available six days a week. They voted to turn it on,because “the shutdown on Sunday was causing a good deal of inconvenience to people of Falmouth.” Falmouth Outlook, July 24, 1925
“Twenty-one slaves in the vicinity of Falmouth, Kentucky , escaped on Sunday, and made toward Canada, on the underground railroad.” The National Era, newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society. June 22, 1854
  30 Falmouth women form a Union military unit in 1861. There were concerns that the Downard Brothers will be lynched.
Big fire in Falmouth, 1884. The 1925 proposal to build a dam on the Licking.  
The Falmouth Library Association was established in 1851. Description of Falmouth from 1853, here. It says here the Falmouth is one of the liveliest towns in the state.
Falmouth was established by the Legislature on December 10, 1793, but evidently there were concerns about proper titles to the land, so in 1818, the Legislature clarified the titles.
Dr. H. C. Clark's 1928 When Falmouth Was a Babe in Swaddling Clothes is here. (pdf)  In 1928, the L & N Employees Magazine ran a feature story on Falmouth.  You can read the entire article here(pdf)  “Sneak thieves carried off about forty dollars' worth of underwear left to soak in a tub in Mr. Herold's yard, on Pike street, last night; also a half dozen chickens.”  Covington's The Ticket, on May 8, 1877,


Falmouth cemetery established in 1866. But then there's this:

Buck Grove



from A Geographical Dictionary of the United States of North America, Joseph Scott, Philadelphia, 1805.