Old Louisville, Kentucky (Images of America Series)

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On August 1, 1883, the eyes of the nation turned to Kentucky as thousands crowded the lanes of Louisville's Southern Extension. Tugging a silken cord, Pres. Chester Arthur set the machinery in motion for an event that changed the town forever. Touted at home and abroad as the "100 Days that Louisville Opened Its Doors to the World," the occasion was the inauguration of the Southern Exposition, an early world's fair with a wide variety of mechanical, scientific, and cultural displays showcasing the latest advances...

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Overview

On August 1, 1883, the eyes of the nation turned to Kentucky as thousands crowded the lanes of Louisville's Southern Extension. Tugging a silken cord, Pres. Chester Arthur set the machinery in motion for an event that changed the town forever. Touted at home and abroad as the "100 Days that Louisville Opened Its Doors to the World," the occasion was the inauguration of the Southern Exposition, an early world's fair with a wide variety of mechanical, scientific, and cultural displays showcasing the latest advances in the cotton industry. In the first 88 days, an astounding 770,048 visitors came; as a result tremendous growth occurred, and the city's first suburb eventually sprang up on the site, populating the new neighborhood with fine residences. Known as Old Louisville today, it counts as one of the country's largest historic preservation districts, with hundreds of magnificent structures providing a glimpse into a fascinating Victorian past.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Old Louisville isn't just a time; it's a place. The Southern Exposition of 1883 promised and delivered "100 Days that Louisville Opened Its Doors to the World." This ambitious world's fair attracted over three quarters of a million visitors and changed the face of Louisville, both figuratively and literally. In its wake, the fairgrounds became the site of the city's first suburbs, still called Old Louisville. This Images of America number captures the full arc of this historic event and its stately architectural aftermath.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738586038
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/25/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,420,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Long intrigued by the glory days of their favorite neighborhood, freelance writers David Dominé and Ronald Lew Harris have scoured photograph albums and attics in search of long-lost pictures from Old Louisville's history--a history that now lives on in Images of America: Old Louisville.
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Table of Contents

1 One Hundred Days that Louisville Opened Its Doors to the World 9

2 Building Boom 19

3 City of Beautiful Homes 35

4 Conrad's Castle 43

5 Gilded Age Grandeur and Edwardian Elegance 49

6 The Caldwells of Louisville, Kentucky 59

7 A Life of Leisure 71

8 The Other Old Louisville 83

9 Decades of Disaster 95

10 Modern Needs and Changing Times 101

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