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Mike Watson: Two venues favored for Columbia, KY duels

Adair County historian identifies Paull Street, and bank of Russell Creek as favored venues for practice, which, though outlawed in Commonwealth, was common practice - even in Columbia!
About: Comments re article 45311 JIM The BurtonSettle Duel of 1850

By Mike Watson:
Duelling was against the law in Kentucky, but it sure was a common practice, even in Columbia. The location of the jail in 1850 lay between the current jail and the main or old part of Stotts, Phelps, McQueary Funeral Home - what many readers will remember as the Coomer Building, later incorporated into the funeral home.

The Old Seminary would certainly have been a reference to the old academy building, long used as a private school, later incorporated into the current residence of Mrs. Wanda Hill on High Street. There were then no houses between this one and the Nathan Gaither house at the corner of High and Greensburg Streets. So, the probable location of the duel was in this area, or perhaps behind these lots on the Paull Street side, away from easy view of town.

It appears from the scant records of such doings, that a popular site for duels and fights of other types was down on Russell Creek behind the current City Cemetery and or the Rice Addition. Folk generally did not fight in front of crowds - not counting invited guests, of course! --Mike Watson

The writer, Mike Watson, is author of a two volume History of Adair County, An Adair County History, Volume 1 and An Adair County History, Volume 2, and numerous other books on Adair County genealogy and history. For more information on the books and to purchase them, go to the Adair County Library, 307 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY or, online, click to Adair County Genealogical Society or please address all book order and correspondence to: ACGS, P.O. Box 613, Columbia, KY 42728

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