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Building 421
from a Facebook post by Bob Boyd
Building the road to Bedford, c. 1905
from a Facebook post by Kelly Anderson
Building the road to Bedford, 1927


Ewing Motors, corner of #36 an School Hollow Road, C. L. “Hop” Ewing sold new Plymouths and Dodges here up until the late 1950's. Not to be confused with the former Florence mayor Hop Ewing, his son. The son is the man who changed the water tower in Florence from “Mall” to ”Y'all.” The granddaughter of Hop and his wife's Goldie, Diane Whalen is also a mayor of Florence. From a Facebook post by Darrell Henderson


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Street Scene, Milton Rowlett's


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Milton North Ferry Street, Milton Milton, 1926


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Milton, c. WWII Milton Baptist Church Milton Methodist Church

History of the Milton's St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church is here (pdf).

“Madison, Ind., May 25. – Last Saturday night the colored brethren of the M. E. Church of Milton, Ky. gave a strawberry festival to raise a little fund to pay off debts, and all the colored folks from Milton and a great many from the backwoods of Trimble County gathered at the building and to enjoy an uninterrupted evening pleasure by eating ice cream and drinking citrus lemonade.”  Indianapolis Sentinel, May 26, 1885


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Spillman Motor Service Garage, on top of the hill past Moffett from the left, William E. “Bud” Spillman, Sherman Bacus, Bill Storey, Buddy Spillman.
From Facebook posts by Dorothy Spillman


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Standard Oil,
Orval Adcock's,
Milton, 1930's
Kentucky Souvenir Shop, Milton
Exterior and Interior

Milton, Kentucky

“There was but one drunken man seen and heard in the streets yesterday.  He came from Kentucky and was soon put in jail.” - Madison Courier, July 5, 1855.

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Longview Inn


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Milton, before and after a fire


Sam's Sam's
Wood's Grocery Berry Hotel


Albert “Allie” C. Broad, Blacksmith,
from the left, Allie, Orville Adcock, Shellie Blayne, Ed Bill, and Gatherite Harmon.
from a Facebook post by Dorothy Spillman, who notes it was “in the 'holler' across from the entrance to Milton school.”


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Milton Distillery Bottles
From a Facebook post by Darrell Henderson

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Susquehanna Distillery.  Map is 1910.

Details about the distillery are at this site.

“Near Bedford, Ky., a terrific still explosion occurred Friday at the Richmond Distillery, fatally injuring John Toulon and John Gossom. They lived eight hours after being scalded.” Crawfordsville (Indiana) Daily Journal, June 7, 1890



The Courier-Journal noted (April 25, 1909) that if prohibition should happen, Susquehanna Distillery would close, eliminating 85 jobs, and an annual payroll of $39,500. They would not buy 204,000 bushels of grain from farmers, and not pay $8,117 in state and local tax revenue. And they would close a building that cost $333,000, a huge sum in 1909.

Milton, Kentucky 

Did you know there was a famous madstone in Milton?  Stories here.  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.

Milton, Kentucky

You can read that there were two places in Northern Kentucky that were chartered by Virginia; that is, before 1792 when Kentucky became a state, Maysville and Milton. However, the Milton chartered in Virginia in 1789 is Milton, Virginia  (in Albemarle County, east of Charlottesville).  “James Levy & Co., former owners of the distillery now operated by James H Rogers, are in trouble with the government.  An investigation of their warehouses at Milton, Ky., shows that a large quantity of their whiskey has mysteriously disappeared. Their plea is that someone has been robbing them.  The shortage foots up $12,000, and they have paid the government that amount.”  from Maysville's Daily Evening Bulletin, August 2, 1887
56 copperhead snakes, in Milton.
“Milton items, Carrollton Democrat: Captain Luckett, one of the first settlers of this country, died on the 2nd inst., and was buried on Sunday. He served in Col. Dick Johnson's regiment of Kentucky volunteers, and was present when Tecumseh was killed, but was captured, with fifteen others, three days after the fight, and sent to Canada. He was one of our leading men sixty years ago. He was an exemplary member of the Christian church and was loved and respected by all who knew him.” Courier-Journal, November 15, 1875 “Fire destroyed 1500 barrels of whiskey at Milton, Ky., Sunday”from Marion, Kentucky's Crittenden Press, October 2, 1890
Milton flouring mill burns, here.
The application to put the Milton Masonic Lodge on the National Register of Historic Places is here. (pdf)
Details of a fox hunt, from Milton to Carrollton.
The legislature merges the towns of Milton and Kingston in 1872. Read the Act here. Like the Courier says, we give this for what it's worth. Crime in Milton, 1884, here.
“A new lodge of Grand Templars will be instituted this afternoon in Milton, Trimble county.”Courier-Journal, September 24, 1870 “A new Masonic hall was dedicated at Milton, Ky., on the 24th. The ceremonies were followed by an eloquent address from P. G. Master Fitch and a bountiful repast in the open air.” Courier-Journal, September 24, 1870
“INFORMATION WANTED.—Henry Cregg, formerly held as a slave, by John Lemmon, of Trimble Co., Kentucky, near Milton, from whence this young man escaped for his freedom about four years ago. The mother of Henry Cregg, together with five of her children, are now in Canada anxious to know the whereabouts of a lost son and brother.” National Anti-Slavery Standard, April 15, 1854. In 1917, the Susquehanna Distillery, officially owned by the Susquemac Distillery Co, employed 22 men and 15 women.  Susquemac gave a tour of the plant to the Liquor Dealers Conventi0on in 1910 in Cincinnati.  The tour included their warehouses which held 100,000 barrels. Read all about it here.
“Snyder Bros., Trimble county, Ky., lost $60,000 by the burning of their distillery on the 19th.” Plymouth [Ind.] Republican, July 24, 1879 “The Bedford correspondent of the Carrollton Democrat says that the card published in the Courier-Journal, stating that the Rev. W. T. Gordon had broken up the Milton Baptist church is not so, and can be proved false.” Courier-Journal, March 1, 1875
“The Milton correspondent of the Carrollton Democrat reports the burning of the cattle pens at Farmer's Mill, with a loss of about $4,000, and no insurance.” Courier-Journal, December 14, 1875 “On Friday night last, a boiler in Strader & Keyt's large distillery in Milton, Ky., opposite Madison, exploded with tremendous violence, badly scalding some five or six men and shattering the building.  The building was damaged to the amount of 4 or $5,000.”  from Vevay's Indiana Reveille, March 3, 1858
“The tobacco warehouse of Deweese & Golden, Milton, Ky., was burned this morning, destroying $50,000 pounds of tobacco.  It was insured in the Madison for $1,500 and in the Hartford for $3,500.”  from the Cincinnati Enquirer, August 6, 1884 “Milton, Ky., May 3. - A long-standing feud between Capt. W. H. Taylor, United States storekeeper, and Mr. M. W. Hagan, United States guager, resulting in a cutting affray late Monday afternoon at the Richwood distillery here, which may prove fatal to Capt. Taylor.”  from Maysville's Evening Bulletin, May 3, 1904
Madison complains about the smell from the Richwood Distillery, not from the liquor, but the 900 cattle that ate the used grain from the distilling process, here. Willis Hodges is selling his farm, in 1852, here.
Legislature establishes Milton in 1846. Milton's Mill Street re-oriented, 1870.
Milton Masonic Lodge established, 1870. Milton Baptist Church established, 1874.
“At Milton, Ky., the grocery store of Ben Morris was prostrated, by the tornado of 1860. ” From Frankfort's  Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 24, 1860 Liquor smuggler crashes in Milton in 1931, here.


There are several Milton locations on the National Register of Historic Places. Each will have descriptions, a map, and photos. Each is a pdf.
Moffett Cemetery Moreland School Rowlett's Grocery
Third Street District Ginn's Furniture Store  


“Mr. John Sullivan informs us that the board of directors of the Louisville narrow gauge railroad have instructed him to prepare an amendment to the charter of the company, terminating the road at Milton., Ky., a point opposite this city.  We understand from Mr. S. that this is done with a view of ultimately crossing the river at this city either by means of a bridge or transfer boats, and continuing the road up the river on the Indiana side.”  The Indiana State Sentinel, December 8, 1875


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Snyder's Mills

Milton, Kentucky

“The Indiana Liquor Law has caused a brisk business to spring up at several points in Kentucky along the Ohio River.  The owner of the ferry at Milton is reaping a fortune, and several citizens of Madison talk of erecting taverns in Milton.  At Ghent, the jug business is carried on extensively; the horse ferry boat will soon give place to steam - as our Hoosier neighbors, to get steam will put on steam.  At Carrollton, the jug traffic is improving, but after all, it may only prove to be an increased appetite for molasses.” - Carroll County Times, July 7, 1855

Milton, Kentucky

Milton, Kentucky

Wilbur Wood Tests the Milton Waterworks water pressure, c 1955. The Milton Waterworks was built in 1955 with a bond issue for $100,000, most of which was used to buy materials.   And while engineers were hired and paid, most of the labor was performed by the Milton Lions Club, on a volunteer basis.


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Farmers Bank of Milton
center, 1971
The image on the right is from time of the grand opening, on April 8, 1959.  The details are here.
The original bank opened on October 6, 1902.

“Mr. Lon Rogers, formerly of Greensburg . . .left Monday for Milton, Ky., where he takes charge of the new bank which opens for business the first of the year.” The Hartford [Ky] Republican, December 26, 1902


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The Old Watering
 Trough, Milton
US Post Office, 1960 Milton Elementary
School, 1968


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Milton Bus Drivers, 1968
Front Row, Left to Right, Cecil Harmon, Elbert Lee Kemp, Tilford McKay
back row, l to r, James "Bud" Burkhardt, Otis Parson, Ed Wheeler, Judge Jack Allan Greenwood, Joe Arnett, unknown.
Thanks to Bill Richmond, Denny Jackson,  cam45coy,  Richard & Sherry Dunaway, Yvette Hayes and Mike Pyles for helping identify them.
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Milton, Kentucky

“Milton, Ky., Feb. 12. - Wagon load after wagon load of fine burley tobacco is daily being delivered to the three dealers in leaf tobacco here, and a large percent of it is coming from Locust precinct, Carroll county where the Equity Association has been strongest.  It is believed that if the season is favorable that in ten days within a radius of ten miles half the crop will be sold and delivered.  Rumors have come to town of an anticipated visit of night riders, and as a result the town is being guarded every night by two men.  Should a raid be made upon this town almost the entire population would answer an alarm and give the intruder a warm reception.”   from the Hopkinsville Kentuckian, February 15, 1908

“Milton, Ky., June 12th - Night riders did their first work in this section of Trimble county.  Tobacco plant beds on the farms of Taylor Alexander, I. T. Spillman, Mike Brinston and Dora Ginns, were destroyed. These farms are in the western section of Trimble county.”  from the Paducah Evening Sun, June 12, 1908

Read more about night riders, the Equity, and the Kentucky Tobacco Wars, here.

“A splendid Farm for Sale.  -The subscriber being desirous of concentrating his business in Cincinnati will dispose of his Farm on the Ohio river, in Trimble county, Kentucky, 1 mile above Madison.  This is one of the best farms in the State of Kentucky, contains 376 acres, of which 255 are bottom land, and in high state of cultivation, and the remainder well timbered, and has on it it a large two-story brick dwelling, containing 15 or 16 rooms, ice house, servants' house, smoke house, barn, and stable, all new, and cost over $8,000.  There is also a fine well and large cistern near the dwelling.  The whole piece is well improved with shrubbery, gardens, fruit, etc., and a better farm cannot be had in the State of Kentucky.  For a portion of the purchase price, a long credit will be given.  Apply to David Harper, on the premises, or through the Post-office at Milton, Ky.” Louisville Weekly Journal,  June 13, 1849
Election disturbances in 1880 in Milton, here. The News from Milton, in 1885, here.

The great tornado of 1860 did serious damage from Louisville to Cincinnati: “At Milton, Ky., the grocery store of Ben Morris was prostrated.” Frankfort  Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 24, 1860

Detailed directions on how to get from from Milton to Sulphur, in 1910, here. Read about the Milton preacher who sued his own congregation, here.
A newspaper starts publishing in Milton in 1877.

Milton, Kentucky