Prospect Kentucky History

If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, you are likely to have heard the sound of blacktop squirming through downtown. Settlers found their way to this corner of northern Kentucky in the late 19th century, during the Great Depression and World War II. In the late 19th century, wealthy Louisville families began moving to the area and building homes, businesses, and even a new town hall for themselves and their families.

The next addition to the campus was in the spring of 2000, when Archbishop Thomas Kelly of the Archdiocese of Louisville gave Saint Xavier the land that is now used by Germantown Little League. This would be the beginning of a life that would be considerably brightened by the arrival of the College of Saint Francis of Assisi and the University of Saint Vincent de Paul.

In July 1964, contractors surveyed the site of what would become Harrods Creek for the construction of the first of two water-powered mills in Germantown. Situated between the two streams, the water-powered mills would produce grain for agricultural markets and industrial purposes.

The cargo unloaded at the quay was sent to Harrods Creek Grain Mill, the first of two mills in Germantown. From there, it was to be transported to a new mill on the other side of the stream, on St. Marys Street, near the intersection with Main Street.

One of the advantages of living in Prospect is that it is close to Louisville, which has a host of fascinating attractions and places to explore. The drive from Louisville to Prospect is only about 20 minutes, and there are many excellent universities and colleges in town. Ellis Park in Keeneland, Kentucky, which is near Prospect, is fading slowly, though it hosts major events year after year. Interestingly, Churchill Downs has its own betting website, known as Twin Spires, which allows customers to place bets on races.

The Oral History Project aims to provide accessible historical information that can be used for further research and studies. Strict by Name, a free online index provides early estate information from Jefferson County. The collection contains records from the early days of the estate administrators in Prospect and from other counties in the area.

The present-day community was formed from Prospect Station, built around 1872 by the Louisville, Harrods Creek and Westport Railway. It reached the area in 1877, but was never completed until Westports and became part of the Louisville-Nashville railway network in 1881. The present site was extended at the beginning of the 20th century by a church, a school and a post office. Church members voted to move to Murphy Lane in northeast Louisville (KY), but the need for a more favorable location for the church and its congregations arose from efforts to understand the history of Prospect and other areas in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and beyond.

River Fields saved this historic property from foreclosure and is now in the process of refurbishing the exterior of the house. Efforts to restore the preserved examples of the old church building and other historic buildings in Prospect support River Fields efforts to protect and preserve cultural resources along the Ohio River.

This project is partly funded by a grant from the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection (DNR). To date, the cost has exceeded $300,000, which comes from a fund created and managed by River Fields and the Kentucky State Office of Historic Preservation and Conservation.

See the family catalog of places to search for instructions on how to find Kentucky Birth Records, and for links to index images see "How to Find Kentucky Death Records" and "Find Microfilmed Records. Research the boundaries and changes of Kentucky counties for yourself; see the Rotating Formation for an animated map illustrating the boundaries and changes of Kentucky counties.

Guide to Find Kentucky Birth Records and Find Microfilmed Records for links to Kentucky Birth Records Index and Microfilm images for a complete list.

The city of Prospect was founded in 1974 and applied for and received the designation "Fourth Class Town" from the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1979. Residents of Jefferson County became citizens of a newly expanded Metro.

In 1811 Louisville became the second largest city in the United States after New York City and its development was further encouraged in 1812 when Captain Nicholas Roosevelt became the first successful steamboat to dock in New Orleans, sailing the waters of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Until the mid-1960s, Prospect mostly belonged to a few wealthy families commuting from Prospect to Louisville. Prospekt was a small rural town that belonged to them, with a population of just over 1,000 people.

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