Liberty Station

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Sanders, 1909


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The Sanders Fair,
September, 1909
 (A friend with over 14,000
postcards tells me this card
is one of his absolute favorites.)
The Tri-County Fair and
Horse Show,
Thanks! to James Lee
Cobb III for this image.
Second Day of Fair,
1908, Sanders,
Thanks to Bill Davis for identifying
the location of the  “Tri-County
Fairgrounds“  on the west side of Sanders
The grandstand held 3,000 visitors.
Note the judges stand on the far right.
Excursions trains brought 5,000 to 10,000 people to the fair.  Read it here.

The Sponsors of the 1907 Tri-County (Carroll, Gallatin, Owen) Fair in Sanders are listed here. (pdf)
60 Pages of ads from merchants of those three counties, plus Vevay.
Thanks to Dale Samuel for the images.


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Sanders Fair
Thanks to Dale Samuel for this one

Sanders Fair Grounds


Sanders Fair

A few words from 1907 on the Tri-County Fair Grounds at Sanders, here.

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“Liberty Station - As the crowd here Saturday was so largely composed of women, out of respect for them, Mr. W. P. Conyers closed his barroom.  The other barroom remained open with her doors ajar, and the result was considerable drinking, several little squabbles, and a horse race.  There was nobody hurt, however.  The horse race took place on what is known as “Risler's Island.”  Ten or fifteen years ago this land had on it a regular racetrack, and was the scene of many difficulties.  It is opposite to this place, and contains at least one hundred acres of land.  It is claimed that it belongs to neither to Carroll or Owen Counties.” From Covington's Daily Commonwealth, August 7, 1879
An Act to incorporate a toll road from Sanders to Dallasburg (Wheatley) is here. “J. E. Robertson, sheriff, of Carroll county, and Lucian Rice, whom he was attempting to arrest, were killed simultaneously in a revolver duel late yesterday at Rice's home in Sanders. Sheriff Robertson found Rice sitting on his front porch armed. Both opened fire at once. Each was killed instantly. Rice was wanted on a disorderly charge.” Indianapolis News, September 14, 1916
“An abolition indignation meeting is talked of up at Sanders, Ky., because of one of their citizens, by, lately bought a slave, and now has her in his own house!  He paid $5,000 for her. She is of Greek origin, was formerly owned by a man named Powers, and is as white as any girl in Christendom.” Cincinnati Enquirer, April 18, 1854 “Liberty Station, Carroll County.  Mr. Abe Grover, from this vicinity, last Saturday had a nice little bush grubbing, getting about two acres of land cleared.  At night, the young folks met and danced until 11 o'clock, having a nice time.”  from Covington's Daily Commonwealth, March 5, 1879 “At the picnic of the molder's unions from Cincinnati and Louisville, at Liberty Station today, two young men named Rice and Rowley, citizens of that place, got into a difficulty, in which they were both badly-wounded.  Rice is shot in the abdomen and will die. Rowley is wounded in the face.”  Courier-Journal, September 2, 1874
Adena Era (from 1000 to 200 BCE) skeletons found at Sanders, here. The Wikipedia page on the Adena Era, here.   Sanders man advertises for six pretty girls.
A nineteenth century letter writer pens a letter about the great prospects for Liberty Station, here. Another nineteenth century letter writer describes Liberty Station, here. A third nineteenth century letter writer describes Liberty Station, here.
Lick Creek, which flows into Eagle Creek from the north at Sanders, had a chemical analysis done, in 1857, to determine it's mineral water properties.  That analysis is here Sanders preacher kicks a cat during sermon. Chaos ensues. Details here. “The long-litigated suit of Sanders' heirs vs. Sanders heirs, of Liberty Station, which has been in law for over forty years, has been settled.” Courier-Journal, March 23, 1871

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Map of Sanders, 1883
You can get your own Carroll-Gallatin Atlas from 1883 here


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L & N Section Gang at Sanders, 1928



Pass from Sanders to Sparta, 1883


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Louisville and Nashville Railroad


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Eagle Creek at Sanders, 1905


Sanders School

Sanders School, 1927


Sanders Baptist

Sanders Baptist Church
From a Facebook post by Jamey Cobb


  Sanders, Kentucky Stone House
  The J. R. Hall Band, Sanders
Thanks to Jim Pallas for this one.
Old Stone House in Sanders
From a Facebook post by Jamey Cobb


Sanders, Kentucky

Azy, A.H.R. #18946, owned by J.P. and Thelma Dean, of Sanders, Kentucky.  “Azy is an excellent example of the grace and beauty to be found in the true Classic type Arabian.”

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The 1997 Flood in Sanders

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Thanks to Theresa Hendricks for these pictures of the 1997 flood in Sanders.

Main Street

The Christmas Ship

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The Naming of Sanders

A correspondent to Covington's The Commonwealth in 1876 attempts to explain how Sanders got its name, but
ends up explaining how the town is, simultaneously, named Dudley, Bramlette, Sanders, and Liberty Station.   Here.


And if that isn't confusing enough:

“The people of Liberty Station, on the Short Line R. R., have, in a formal meeting, named the place Dixie.  The Owen News says Dixie bids fair to be the largest place along the Short-Line road.”  from the Covington Journal, February 4, 1871. More on the Dixie naming, here.

“Dixie still hankers after change, and is now called Sanders” Courier-Journal, February 13, 1871


And last but not least, from the USPS, the official name of the Post Office in what is now Sanders was established as Bramlette, starting November 9, 1865, changed to Liberty Station on August 5, 1879, and finally to Sanders on May 12, 1884.

It officially became Sanders by an Act of the legislature in 1871.

And at some point, the town was earlier named Rislerville.


All clear now?

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Sanders' history on temperance voting, from 1887, here.

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