The 1937 Flood

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On this day in 1937, the great flood of 1937 crested in Owensboro at 54.8 feet, 13 ft above flood stage. On January 1, the stage of the river was at a low of 14.3ft being measured at Dam #46 (English Park). The water level didn’t fall below flood stage until Feb 10th. Flood waters reached between 2nd and 3rd …

Cary & Marble Planing Mill

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This mill, at the mouth of the ravine at the foot of Locust St, was known as Byrom & Marble at least as early as 1868. In 1871, their yards has about $90,000 worth of assorted seasoned pine and poplar lumber and had around 100 employees. In 1882, Michael Cary, a machinist partnered with Levi Marble and it became Cary …

Dawson Baptist Church

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This small church out on Old Hwy 54 was the original building for Dawson Baptist Church. The Church was organized by W. H. Dawson in 1905 and consisted of members from Bethabara, Macedonia, South Hampton, Whitesville, and later Hopewell and Karn’s Grove. W. H. Dawson served as the pastor for the first two and a half years and passed away …