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 …

The Well at Bethabara

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Did you know… this old well behind Bethabara Baptist Church in Habit was dug by David Miller in 1859. He was paid $11 for his 10 days of work. The well supplied water to the community until water lines were installed in the 1960’s.

Rossboro – 200 Years Ago

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On this day in 1816, the Plat of the prorposed town of Rossboro was recorded. 12 streets were laid out and most still have the same names today. It was named for David Ross who owned land where the town was located. He and his partner, John May, donated 80 acres for the new town that was to be the …

Diocese of Owensboro Formed

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On this day in 1937, the Diocese of Owensboro split from the Diocese of Louisville and a week later, Rev. Francis R. Cotton was appointed as bishop. St. Stephen’s was selected to be the cathedral for this new diocese. The Diocese of Owensboro supports 18 Catholic Schools, a hospital, a retirement home, a personal care home, and several religious orders.

Joseph Hamilton Daveiss

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On this day in 1811, the county’s namesake, Joseph Hamilton Daveiss was killed by Indians in the Battle of Tippecanoe. By a typing mistake in enrolling the bill to create the county, the name was spelled “Daviess” and stuck. He was born in 1774 in Virginia, admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1795, and was US District Attorney for Kentucky. …

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The “Empress” Opens

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On this day in 1912, The Empress Theater was set to open at 418 Frederica St and was built exclusively for movies. Ownership changed over the years and the name changed around 1941 to The Malco Theater. It was remodeled and on November 17, 1949 became The Center Theater until 1967. After another major remodel, the building opened as The …

Dudley “Mush” Morton

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On this day in 1943, Owensboro-native and commander of the submarine USS Wahoo(SS-238), “Mush” Morton goes down with his ship near the Japanese island of Hokkaido. He was the commander of this submarine on it’s 3rd and 7th patrols. Initially, he was assigned the highly dangerous task of penetrating the Sea of Japan and was reported ‘missing in action’ in …

The Executive Inn

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In 1977, Bob Green opened the Executive Inn Rivermont at the foot of Cedar Street. It was the second largest convention center in the state at that time. The Showroom Lounge started hosting big-name entertainment from Nashville, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beach Boys, Keith Urban, Billy Ray Cyrus, and former┬áBeatle George Harrison were just a few …