street scenes

Maysville, Kentucky

Second Street, looking West
Provision & Munitions Wagon Train, 1861
The government shipped 5,000 guns to Lexington to support Union troops.
They came by boat to Maysville, and went overland to Lexington.

 

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 Beechwood Park Scenes 

Lucy Lee's Beautiful Beechwood is here (pdf)

 

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The Maysville Bombs

The Maysville - Germantown
 Stage Coach

The Circus rolls into Maysville

 

Alms House Clark Street Flood Wall Construction Opera House
Alms House
a.k.a, The Poor House
On 6th.
Clark Street
from a Ron Bailey post on Facebook
Flood Wall Construction
Begun in 1949, completed in 1956
Maysville Opera House
from a Ron Bailey Facebook post

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“A young man of this city was arrested on the Elm Street Fair grounds for
gambling. But he was released when it was ascertained that the other fellow
had knocked him down, beat him mercilessly, and then ran off with his stakes.”
Maysville Eagle, as reported in the Courier-Journal of September 26, 1873

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Ballpark Ballpark
The old Maysville ballpark

 

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Street to the Ferry, 1946 Looking north on Tyler Street

 

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Ferris Wheel Maysville Scene
From an old stereoview, c. 1880
Rosemary Clooney
 Parade, 1953

 

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Maysville Trolley, c. 1930 The summer cars had no sides.  This is c. 1910  Over the trestle to the fairgrounds  
The trolley in Maysville began, horse-drawn, on August 14, 1883.  It converted to electricity in 1891, and ran through the December 31, 1936. In its last year, it carried 400,000 passengers, but lost money. It ran from a turn-around loop east of the cemetery, along Second Street to Bridge, along Third to Market, and down Market back to Second. It followed Second to another turn-around loop, just East of Beasley Creek. There were two short passing tracks, one between Commerce and Poplar, and one between Wall and Sutton. The tracks got ripped out in1942: scrap for the war effort.

A 1910 item on the Maysville Street Railroad is here.

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"At Maysville, in Kentucky, between Huntington and Cincinnati, there are two extensive cotton factories and several iron foundries. The town contains many handsome streets, and is the entry port for the north-eastern section of the State. It is also the most extensive hemp market in the whole country."  Scribners Monthly, December 1874.

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You can find 50 or so Maysville scenes from the late 1960's and early 1970's at UK.  The relevant UK site is here.

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S. J. Daugherty, Monuments
Thanks to Bill and Judy Cooper for this one.
 

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Union Soldiers Monument,
Maysville Cemetery
Foster Monument Construction Maysville's Murray &
Thomas Monuments
(The actual statute here
is in Flemingsburg)

 

 

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Scene from the Democratic
 Barbeque in Maysville, 1909
Entrance to the
Pastime Theatre

More here.
US Post Office and
Opera House

We've also seen a reference to the Pastime Theatre as the Palace Theatre.

OMG! It's 1913, and they have talking pictures at the Washington Theater! Here.
 

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Slave Quarters, 1907

Before the Civil War, this building was used for housing  slaves who were considered unruly, or who were caught trying to use the underground railroad.  It stood on Second  Street where the high school auditorium was built.

 

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 The Russell Theatre, Maysville

Read the story of the grand opening of the Russell Theatre here.

A description of the Russell from 1935 is here.

The Russell Theatre has its own website which you can find here.

 

Boy's Club

The Boy's Club
The Limestone Center is at this location these days.

 

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Maysville Pool, c 1950 Graves of Jacob and Mary
Boone. He ran a tavern in Maysville,
and died in 1828
Sanborn Fire Map of
Second and Sutton
Find out how to see the entire
set of Maysville Sanborn's here.

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A Walking Tour of Maysville, with descriptions of notable sites. Here. (pdf)

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Diving Horse

At “a fair near Maysville”
A diving horse act was a thing, c. 1890-1910
Wikipedia has more on such acts.

 

 

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P.T. Barnum's Great World's Fair, Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, Circus, and Colossal Expression of All Nations
left, August 7, 1875

“Maysville, Ky, is a thriving and active place, and the county seat of Mason Co. It is situated on a narrow bottom, between the high hills which rise just behind it and the Ohio. It is the depot of the goods and merchandise intended to supply the northeastern part of the state of Kentucky, which are imported from the eastern cities. It is a well-built, handsome city, and contains a fine city hall, several churches, a bank, two printing offices, seminaries, public schools, cotton-factories, etc. etc. Pop. between 5,000 and 6,000.” from Appleton's Southern and Western Travelers' Guide, 1849
W.C. Marshall dies in shooting in Brooksville; his cousin James shoot man dead the same day on Maysville, here. A disastrous fire consumed major parts of Maysville in 1847, here. A disastrous fire consumed major parts of Maysville in 1866, here.
“Augusta has established telegraphic communications with Maysville.” Courier-Journal, November 4, 1876
Two similar but different pieces by Alice Taylor Gill: Some Glimpses of Early
 Maysville
is here(pdf)
Some Glimpses of Kentucky and
Early Maysville
is here. (pdf)
Can you name the fourteen - 14 - differently named neighborhoods of Maysville? Minkville? Plugtown? We can.  “The [Maysville] Bulletin says velocipedes are becoming as common as drays in Maysville.”  Courier-Journal, March 9, 1869
“The Maysville Trotting Park will be used as a fair ground next fall.” Courier-Journal, January 5, 1868 “Tourists going to points in Kentucky generally take the evening boat for Maysville, Kentucky, from which point to Lexington, Kentucky, there is a macadamized road which has few equals in the country.”  From The Wheelman, An Illustrated of Cycling Literature and News, October, Vol. 1, 1882-March 1883.
Shootout on the streets of Maysville, here. Letters from 1860 from a Maysville lawyer an his brother discuss slavery, here (pdf). “Another sad affair.”
“The Fair of the North Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical Association convened at Maysville. It is the most successful of the kind ever held there. The number present on the first day was estimated at from ten to twelve thousand.” Sacramento Daily Union, October 10, 1859 “Improvement is said to be the watchword in Maysville.  The Eagle declares that the city ‘seems to have awakened from its slumberous lethargy and leaped into the arena of civilized progression like a giant refreshed from its sleep.’”  Courier-Journal July 7, 1868 “On Friday next James Love is to be hung in Maysville for rape.  This will be the first white man ever hung in Kentucky for that crime.”  Daily Courier, February 4, 1868
An 1804 description of Maysville / Limestone, here. What else was happening in 1804? Here.
Courier-Journal says this 1898 fire was the worst fire one in the history of Maysville.  There were also big fires in 1848, and 1849. An 1834 description of Maysville is here.

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An 1871 city directory of Maysville lists, with addresses, each of the towns citizens, here (pdf).
(and by “citizens,” since it's 1871, we're talking white men and a few widows)

It also has a listing of businesses, by business type, and with some ads, here (pdf).

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The May 15,1875 Maysville Republican was chock full of interesting data:
Post Office Hours (Open Sunday) A Business Directory A Church Directory Mason Co State Coach timetable

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Market House

Market House, 1829-1883. More on the Market House is here.

A correspondent from “Washington City,” who signs himself “O.B.,” wrote a series of sixteen letters describing his memories from the Maysville of yesteryear, 1832. Some are long; some short. All are pdf's. The Market House picture above is also used by him.
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   A Walking Tour of Maysville

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