Road Building Road Building Road Building
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


Milton, Kentucky
Street Scene, Milton


Milton, Kentucky Milton, Kentucky Milton, Kentucky
Milton North Ferry Street, Milton Milton, 1926


Milton, Kentucky Milton, Kentucky Milton Methodist
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

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.

Milton, Kentucky

Road Building Milton, Kentucky
Longview Inn


Milton, Kentucky Milton, Kentucky

Milton, before and after a fire

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).  “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.
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 Details of a fox hunt, from Milton to Carrollton.
Like the Courier says, we give this for what it's worth. Crime in Milton, 1884, here.
The application to put the Milton Masonic Lodge on the National Register of Historic Places is here. (pdf)
The legislature merges the towns of Milton and Kingston in 1872. Read the Act 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 “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
Liquor smuggler crashes in Milton in 1931, 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.


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  

 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.


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


Milton, Kentucky

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.
(The most email NKY Views has ever received on a single image!)

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.

Milton, Kentucky