Then & Now – Starlite Drive-In

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The Starlite Drive-In opened in 1947. The car capacity was listed at 400 cars. It was initially operated by Anderson Theatres and finally by Malco Theatres. At one time, Malco Theatres dominated the market in Owensboro. The drive-in closed in 1988 when the screen was set on fire by vandals. Aerials below are 1950 and 2021.

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 …

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 …