Then & Now – Hon/Murphy Miller

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Two of the original founders of the Owensboro Wagon Company, J. H. Hickman and W. E. Ebbert, started the Hickman-Ebbert Wagon Company here in 1905. The business failed after only a few years and the building was then used by The Stenotype Company from 1910-1913. The Murphy Chair Company bought the building in 1917 and in 1961, it became the …

Then & Now – Downtown

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Downtown has changed drastically in the past 60 years. There have been several courthouse buildings since 1815. This image from 1951 shows the fourth courthouse building which was constructed in 1868 and served until 1964. For more information on the Courthouse, visit the Wiki Article here.

Then & Now – Legion Park

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The first steps to acquire a city park (see note on Smothers Park below) started in 1894, when James H. Hickman suggested to the city council should purchase a wooded 24-acre tract of land south of the city. The owner of the land, Cam Riley, negotiated a price of $4,000 but the city agreed to only buy the land, not …

The Trump Rally

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One month ago today, the Owensboro Times launched, and as the photographer for them, I’ve gotten to photograph some pretty cool things. On Aug. 30th, President Trump showed up at a rally at the Ford Center in Evansville to support Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun. This is not a political post, but I was excited to attend and photograph the …

Central KY Day Trip

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A few weeks ago, I was asked to photograph a school renovation in Mt. Sterling, KY. I rarely get out of the tri-state area so I spent a little time with one of the best sites on the internet, Google Maps!I love to drive back roads and pass through small towns to see what I can find. I marked about …

Falls of Rough

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Falls of Rough, during its peak from approximately 1900-1930, was a small thriving town with a population of 250. It consisted of a grist mill (1823), saw mill (1830), general store (1880), post office (1905), a Methodist church and parsonage (1890), and the Green Mansion and farm (1830) – all built by the Green Family.Early HistoryNatural rapids were here originally …

Skates Alive

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After Park Plaza Skateland on Park Plaza Dr closed in 1988, there were no public skating rinks in town. In Jan. 1992, the 22,500-sq-ft Skates Alive opened on Salem Drive. A church bought the property in May 2003 with plans to convert the building, but Skates Alive continued to operate under the new ownership. In Aug 2017, Elite Air Newburgh moved into the building …