A Few Words on the Origins of Ludlow... 


Before it was Ludlow, the area where Ludlow now stands was laid out by an Englishman named Bullock, and was to be a city named Hygeia, after the Goddess of Health.  Bullock purchased Elmwood Hall (there's a picture of Elmwood back on the Ludlow page) from it's builder - a family named Carneal - in 1827, and planned his new city around that house.  He hired one I. B. Papworth, "Architect to the King of Wurtemburg" to draw up plans for his new city, and you can click on the thumbnail on the prior page to see it.  However, financial backers in England were worried about Indians, and that, as the saying goes, was the end of that.  Bullock is compared by at least one historian to P. T. Barnum.  It seems Bullock made his fortune by buying Napoleon's Carriage and charging people to see it in a London museum near Piccadilly Circus.  So the investors may have had reservations beyond Indians, but who knows?

By 1836, one Israel Ludlow had acquired the acreage, and laid out the town that bears his name. Colonel Israel Ludlow is a major figure in the founding of Cincinnati, and is the man that gave the city the name Losantiville (Altho the name was actually made up by John Filson).  Cincinnati was named Losantiville before it was called Cincinnati. The Israel Ludlow that bought Elmwood, or Carneal Hall, as it's sometimes referred to, was the son of the man that founded Cincinnati.

An unrelated item of trivia:  The famous actress Dorothy Lamour finished second in the Miss United States of America pageant in 1931 to one Anne Lee Patterson, of Ludlow, Kentucky.