fort thomas streets


City Building & Fire Department
In a Jim Reis column in the  May 17, 1999 Kentucky Post, he notes this building was built around
 1885, cost $8,000, and served as a school, as well as the city building. It sat on the same
 site as the current city building in Ft. Thomas, and was razed in 1967. The front of the
 building (street side) is on the left side of this picture.



The Garbage Collectors of Fort Thomas, before and after



Ft. Thomas, The Midway, 1908
Interesting trivia on card on left is here.


Fort Thomas Avenue, Looking North
 from in front of Dietrich's Club House

Fort Thomas & Grand Avenues


Klainecrest at Grand, Fort Thomas The Minshall farm, looking south, from near Klainecrest and Grand; note the streetcar tracks.


“Newport – John Meyer, a teamster in the employ of Peter Young, dairyman, was killed yesterday afternoon by the upsetting of a slop wagon which he was driving on Highland Avenue, about two miles from this city.  His team ran away, and in trying to stop the horses he was thrown to the ground with the wagon on top of him.” 
 From the Commonwealth, December 13, 1877

Grand Avenue was named after the Grand Army of the Republic.

Children in Fort Thomas
although I'd guess WWI-ish
Thanks to Eric Geiman for identifying the location of this one.  You're looking downriver on Alexander Court (that circular drive on the far eastern side of the ballfield at the fort.

Looking northerly from the mess hall,
toward S. Ft. Thomas Ave.
Think of it as looking up
Rossmore toward the Avenue. 
And thanks to Brian Bolland for
identifying the location for me. 


  The Masonic Building
Fort Thomas Lodge F. & A. M. No. 808

The lodge was organized at the Central School House, at Mt. Pleasant & Bluegrass
 on March 30, 1908, and the first meeting at their new temple was on
December 27, 1909.  It cost $5,747.04.  The rejected an offer for it
from "the Presbyterians" in 1925 for $15,000.

Fort Thomas
Business District

Fort Thomas
Business District

Fort Thomas Business
 District, 1948



The Business District,
from Fort Thomas Matters, a blog of all things Fort Thomas



Street Scenes, Kentucky Highlands, Fort Thomas, KY


Fort Thomas VFD, 1929
Fort Thomas VFD, 1941,
personnel detailed here.

District of the Highlands VFD
"The Chemical Wagon"


Alexandria Pike at Hawthorne
June 28, 1929

Looking from Grandview
 towards the YMCA
note the street car turning around

June 28, 1929
Ft. Thomas
Avenue and US 27


Street Scene, 1929

Street Scene in Fort Thomas


We know this scene today
 as the Memorial Parkway

The New Post Office, 1941
The cornerstone was
 laid on April 27, 1940.



The Reservoirs of Covington Water Works, Located in the Kentucky Highlands, 1903


The Covington Waterworks, 1914
 (Sorry for the quality
 of the pic - best available)
Fort Thomas, Kentucky, The Covington Reservoir Fort Thomas, Kentucky, The Covington Reservoir The Reservoir in Military Park


This is Major Samuel Bigstaff.  What did he do, you ask?  Well, he came to Newport as a prisoner, having been wounded in the Civil War (he rode with Morgan), married a local girl, became a lawyer, worked for the company that built the Cincinnati Street Railway System, developed the Cote Brilliante section of Newport, created the streetcar lines to Fort Thomas, personally convinced General Sheridan to move Newport Barracks to the Fort Thomas site, laid out the Bonnie Leslie section of Bellevue, built the old Shortway Bridge, built the Inverness Country Club . . .  Read the Jim Reis bio of him at this siteThis is the man responsible for Fort Thomas, if not all of Campbell County, being what they are today.



This is the Joe Ross Bridge, across I-471, and its plaque.
Air Force Captain Joseph Shaw Ross's (January 26, 1943 - August 1, 1968 ) plane went down in Vietnam.
The body was not recovered.  I've not found additional information about Capt. Ross.  If you can supply it,
 I'd be happy to add it.  You can contact me here.


Jack "Bullett Jack" Thoney
Major League Baseball Player from Fort Thomas
You can find his career stats here.

Did you know there was a
Fort Thomas in Arizona?  Here.

Dispute over building the Highlands / Fort
Thomas Post Office, 1894, here.

"A few days ago a large oiled-paper balloon gracefully swept down upon the meadows at Mrs. Cumming's, at Highlands, four miles from Newport, Ky.  An examination revealed the legend 'Carrie Lente, East New York, Long Island,' in a lady's chirography."  from the New York Times,  July 22, 1883.

Fort Thomas- City Council passed and ordinance regulating the grade of milk to be sold in the city.  The measure provides that a milk inspector employed by the Campbell County Milk Committee be empowered to inspect dairies and distribution centers furnishing milk to the city, and upon his approval, a permit will be granted to the respective dairyman.  Only pasteurized, certified, and Grade A milk will be permitted to be sold under the requirements of the ordinance.        From The  Kentucky City, May, 1935

Anybody ever heard of Weierick Avenue in Fort Thomas?  How I know there was one.

A 1970 study gave the chronological
 history of Fort Thomas, here (pdf)

"An enormous mudcat, measuring five feet in length and weighing 100 pounds, was fished out of the reservoir at Newport, Ky., a few days since.  This is something out of the ordinary in the way of a fish story."  from the Engineering News Record, 1880

Remember when they drove Elmore's, Fords,  and Herreshoff's in Fort Thomas?  Fort Thomas Auto Registrations, 1910 and 1911, are here.

Highland's graduate Lt. Col. Donald C. Faith received a Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea on November 27, 1950.  Read his Wikipedia entry here.

C. B. Truesdale compiled a legal and incorporation history of Fort Thomas.  You can read it here(pdf) His cover letter, almost as long, is here. (pdf)

The City of Fort Thomas' 1960 Annual Report.  Don't miss the comparisons on page 7.  Here. (pdf) (I couldn't figure out how to orient it - please use the rotate image button in your pdf viewer. Sorry.)


1883 Map of
 Highlands Area

Map of the Fort Thomas Streets
 & Voting Precincts, 1940

Fort Thomas, 1937.  The brown area to the left is the extent of the '37 flood

"The police of Fort Thomas are to be commended in their effort to stop speeding on the streets of Fort Thomas.  Three children have lost their lives in the last 18 months. One child has been severely injured - this child happened to be the child of one of the policemen.  The speed limit in the city proper is 15 miles in the congested district and 20 miles on all streets in the city.  This safety measure is being rigidly enforced.  Signs have been placed in the city limits warning the people of the speed law."  from Motour, June, 1930.

There is a class of old postcards that have a town name printed on a generic scene.  Dozens of town names could and were printed on the bottom of the image, and the scene was generic enough to be pseudo-plausible.  It's a very long shot that this is actually Fort Thomas, regardless of what it says on the card.

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