Florence Deposit Bank, 1930
History of the bank is here.
The matchbook is c. 1970's, and shows a different bank location

"Florence, Ky., Nov. 8 - Five well-heeled cracksmen dashed into the city this after midnight in an automobile and dynamited the safe in the Florence Deposit bank, partially wrecking the building.  After firing shots at Citizens who rushed to the bank, they escaped.  No money was secured.  One robber wore a silk hat."
 from the Paducah Evening Sun, November 8, 1907

Stringtown on the Pike, circa 1905

Florence Gents, 1916


The Toll House on Burlington Pike near Florence Tollgate on what is now Dixie Highway, near what is now Goodridge Avenue The Toll House on Tanners Lane in Florence


272 Main Street, Florence Arnold's Soda Fountain and Candy Store,  circa 1914

Ernie's Market
6718 Dixie


 Florence  School, c. 1910

Florence School District #8, and Professor A. M. Yealey, Principal
Courtesy Kentucky Historical Society. Visit history.ky.gov regarding rights and reproduction

Pleasant  Ridge School
NW corner of US  42 & Hopeful Road

Old Stringtown School
southwest corner of Main Street & Dortha

Prof. A. M. Yealey's history of Florence schools is here.  (pdf)



Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, a popular magazine at the turn of the last century, ran
a feature on Lloyd's novel Stringtown on the Pike, and included these pics.  They're likely
Florence, and likely taken by Mrs. Lloyd.



Florence Mall, est. 1976
Why does the water tower say "Mall" and not "Y'All?"  Details at this site.


Boone County High School
Built in 1953, it cited 1220 students as of this postcard


Highland Stock Farm
Northeast corner of Richardson and US 25

My guess is that this barn is the same as the one to the left.  Looking south on Dixie.  Maybe.


Kentucky Automobile and Carriage Company
Pike and Shelby Streets, Florence, Kentucky
 (in which you can see the famous chickens crossing the road!) 
(Thanks! to Tom Bakes for the image)



Florence's Bradford Brothers



Latonia Race Track, Florence Kentucky, 1962 (far right is c. 1980)
later named Turfway Park



Barry B. Good runs in the Autumn Stakes at Turfway, 1968.


Aerial of Florence
(That's Rogers Lane in the lower right)

Aerial View, looking south, just south of Florence

Florence, 1883

"Cincinnati, Nov. 3 - The dry goods store of Tobie & Myers, at Florence, Ky., about eight miles back of Covington, was robbed of $2,000 worth of flannels, jeans, blankets, ribbons and other goods last night.  The thieves evidently used wagons to carry away their plunder.  There is very little clew at this hour.  The police authorities at Erlanger were notified, and also the chief of police at Cincinnati.  The firm has offered a liberal reward for the capture of the thieves and the return of the goods.  This is the biggest robbery that has taken place at Florence for some years."
from Maysville's Evening Bulletin, November 3, 1888

Fire! in Florence, 1870.  Read about it, here.

"John E. Walton, Florence, Ky., a large land owner and the wealthiest man in Boone 
 County, is here  attending the fair here." from Maysville's Evening Bulletin, October 3, 1891    

Lucille W. Jones' History of Stringtown on the Pike is here.  (pdf)

The four oldest houses in Florence are identified here.

"Florence, Boone county, has a population of three hundred and forty souls.  Samuel Lindsey is the oldest inhabitant, having resided there since 1834."  from Covington's The Ticket, 4-8-1876

       "Florence - And now we are made happy by the presence of a new establishment in the shape of a tinshop, the proprietors of the same celebrating their advent by getting gloriously drunk." from Covington's Daily Commonwealth, July 15, 1879



An older poetic tribute to Stringtown on the Pike.
Author unknown.  It's not complimentary.

"Military Arrests - Dr. John Delaney and Spencer Fish, citizens of Florence, Boone County, Ky., were arrested yesterday on the charge of disloyalty.  The latter subsequently escaped from those who had him in charge, and his wife was taken hostage for his return."      from the Cincinnati Enquirer, August 9, 1864

"Florence has taken another gigantic stride in her march toward fame, and can now be credited as the first place in Boone, and probably the first in the State, where a jury of "free Americans of African descent" had been organized ad an instrument of administering justice.  In Esquire Clutterback's court, last Monday, was where this unusual scene occurred, and it was occasioned by the trial of of a brace of Negro men, who, on Sunday, imbibed too freely of fighting whiskey which developed its fighting qualities near the church in Florence where a colored congregation was engaged in worship.  The jury convicted and fined one of the defendants $70 and the other $35."
 The Boone County Recorder, June 12, 1879.

Florence was never actually named Stringtown -  that's  John Uri Lloyd's fictional name.  Before it was named Florence, various names used included Polecat, PowWow, Maddentown, Connersville.   It's been Florence since April  27, 1830.  You can read that it's named after Jacob Connor's wife, Florence, except his wife's name was Suzannah.   The desire was to name it Connersville, but the name had  already been taken by another town, elsewhere in Kentucky.  There is a real Stringtown in Boone County, see here.

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