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Two Eastern Kentucky University faculty members teach in different disciplines but have much in common when it comes to Madison County history. Both Fred A. Engle, Jr., and Robert N. Grise grew up in this community and their study of its history has…

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Madison County was originally inhabited by a people who existed prior to the American Indian. Signs of these people, often called the Moundbuilders, may be found in many sectors of the country. They are called Indian Mounds and the one most often…

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When folks get ready to buy their new spring clothes, they usually do some "shopping around" at several stores, getting a notion of the quality and prices before they buy.

Residents of Richmond back in 1875 apparently were no different, judging…

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With the building of a new shopping center at the intersection of U.S. 25 South and the Eastern By-Pass, many people will have occasion to view at close hand one of Madison County's most famous mansions--Woodlawn. We are indebted to Prof. W.K. Keene,…

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Since the old Federal Building has recently been purchased by the city and is presently being refurnished as a city hall, it will probably be of interest to trace the way in which this tall stone structure came to be built.

In 1890 former Governor…

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In the mid-1960's the Madison County Courthouse was remodeled. At this time the world famous Squire Boone rock was moved from its position outside the courthouse into the main foyer where it was put under glass for protection.

The inscription on…

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A small but valuable collection of Indian arrow points and spearheads was recently donated to the Eastern Kentucky University Museum by Mr. Thomas B. Cotton a farmer and barber of the Cottonburg community.

The special value of these Indian relics…

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Over the years three villages have served as the centers of population for Madison County. Two have passed from the scene, one remains as a modern day city.

Boonesborough began with the arrival of the Daniel Boone party at a point near Otter Creek…

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After it was first established in July 1802, the U.S. Post Office in Richmond moved around frequently before it finally got a permanent home. According to the Kentucky Register, of August 6, 1897, the Richmond Post Office had been located in leased…

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If you drive along Tates Creek Pike, you will see on the right hand side of the road a raised level which continues for several miles. If you continue on to Valley View you can see large iron post standing across the Kentucky River. This is all that…

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Some of the newer residents of this city may have wondered about a large three-story brick building at 114-118 North Second Street dominating that block opposite the Courthouse. It may even surprise some of the older natives to read that this…

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Many early Richmond landmarks were tracked down and placed by Dr. J.T. Dorris, former Eastern history professor, now retired. Although they are long gone from the scene it is interesting to look at the present location, then close one's eyes and try…

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"Horse Men's Headquarters" in large letters across the top of a two-story red brick building at 123 East Main Street in Richmond back in the early 1900's served notice on persons passing by that they were in front of one of the biggest livery stables…

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Baldwin, Million, Red House, White Hall. These placenames of villages In Madison County are easily explained by their connections to family names or homes. Others are not so easily identified.

Kingston, founded in the early 1800s, was named for…

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About fourteen miles northwest of Richmond on Ky. 169 is a quiet little village at the mouth of Tates Creek where it enters the Kentucky River. As a person drives through the village he goes down to the river where one of the last ferryboats in the…

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It is not the purpose of this article to comprehensively study education in Madison County, but rather to quickly survey what schools have existed over the years. The first schools in the county were subscription schools. Madison County, like many…

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Way back in 1798, when John Miller's land became the site of the town of Richmond, he donated approximately one acre of land on the north side of Main Street (opposite what is now Smith-Ballard Street) for a burial ground as long as it was used for…

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The First Presbyterian Church in Madison County was organized by Rev. James Crawford in 1790 at Round Top and was called the Silver Creek Church. In 1797 it merged with the Paint Lick Church. The first Presbyterian church in Richmond dates from 1827…

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Streetcars in Richmond? Yes, that's correct. During the early 1890's when it was a good bit of trouble to hitch up a horse to run an errand or deliver a message and there were few telephones, there actually were streetcars running along Main Street…

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The first house in Madison County was undoubtedly built as a part of the Boonesborough settlement. John Lyle built the first individual home outside of the Fort area. Andrew Bogie built a stone residence near Silver Creek in 1796. There seems to be…

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In November, 1898, after the local gasworks blew up and was partly destroyed, the City Council of Richmond considered the lighting of the streets by electricity because many of the citizens had been complaining about the weak and uncertain gas…

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This writer has been looking through a manuscript written by Green Clay (1871-1962) and compiled by R. A. Edwards of Eastern Kentucky University.

Clay was a grandson of the famous Cassius Marcellus Clay. His name was actually Herrick, he being the…

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In looking at the history of local government and public services, the mid-1890's were interesting years. Richmond, at that time, was governed by a mayor and six councilmen. As mayor, T.T. Covington received a salary of $450 a year, and each…

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Among the religious groups in Madison County are those known as The Church of God. The oldest of these is the Four Mile Avenue congregation which was organized around 1935. Some 12 years later the First Church of God was begun on the old Black…

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Although the early history of education in Madison County is rather sketchy and uncertain because there were no regular records kept, we do have some accurate information about the first schoolhouse in Richmond and its teacher.

The first teacher…

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The two writers of this column drove out to the Baldwin community the other day. It is a beautiful part of Madison County, with rolling hills and prosperous farms. You can see from Berea to Lexington from some of its high points. While there we…

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On the southeast corner of the Madison County courthouse lawn stands an interesting fountain of Missouri pink granite.

On the front of the base, which weighs 25,000 pounds, is a bathtub-sized horse watering trough above which is mounted a bronze…

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The Baptists were the first religious group in Madison County. Although Daniel Boone remained a Quaker many of his family were Baptists. Squire Boone was a Baptist preacher. The first organized Baptist church was the Tates Creek or Republican…

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In the latter half of the 19th Century, Richmond was served by a stage coach line which covered the territory between Lexington and Irvine, a distance of 46 miles by loose rock and dirt roads. It must have been quite a sight three times a day…

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The story of Cassius Marcellus Clay I, the Lion of White Hall, has been told and retold. Little is said, however, of the fact that there were two other Cassius Clays and two Brutus Clays.

Cassius I was the son of Gen. Green Clay of White Hall,…

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In the year 1798, a young man arrived in this community to become an almost forgotten pioneer in Madison's heritage: the first permanent merchant and storekeeper in Richmond. Thomas Howard was born in what is now Woodford County about the time of the…

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Richmond is built on Dreaming Creek. The headwaters and source of this creek are on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, just off South Second Street.

A new parking lot covers some of the area now and the stream almost has its beginning in a…

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For several years after 1770, the date when Kentucky became a county of Virginia, there were many land claims by veterans who had been given public lands for participating in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. In 1780, Kentucky was…

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In the period after the Civil War, Louisville and Cincinnati vied in a strong rivalry to become the leading center of commercial trade for the South. Cincinnati was larger, but Louisville could claim to be a Southern city, being south of the Ohio…

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At two a.m. on the morning of May 19, 1880, a guest at the Garnett House on Second Street opposite the courthouse was awakened by a noise coming from the back of the hotel.

Upon looking out the window he saw a faint light from the rear upstairs…

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The Madison County courthouse square has been the scene of three houses of justice, one prison of war, and two hangings-one illegal, the other legal.

John Miller's barn served as the first courthouse but a log two story house was built in 1799. It…

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On a cold and snowy morning in January, 1879, with the temperature hovering near zero, Train No. 16 left the Richmond station (the Eastern end of the Rowland Branch of the L & N) headed for Lancaster and other points west.

Capt. Roberts, the…

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Madison Campbell (1823-1896) was a famous Negro preacher in Richmond and Madison County. I am indebted to his granddaughter, Mrs. Jasper (Ruth M.) Hill, for information on Bro. Campbell. Another grandchild still living in Richmond is Jordan…

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In preparing the special Woman's Edition of the Kentucky Register to raise money for the Pattie A. Clay Infirmary back in September, 1897, an article was written which contained several ladies' replies to the question, "What would you do if you were…

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A recent column discussed a hanging on the courthouse square carried out by the Ku Klux Klan. Further research has disclosed the name of the victim and the fact that he was a Klan member. The Ku Klux Klan was formed in Madison County on the banks of…

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