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Main Street Campbellsville 1900 photo brings back memories

Louisville native, whose parents are from Russell Springs, remembers trips to South Central Kentucky, launched from her parent's farm house in Russell County, which included forays into Columbia and Campbellsville. Memories of the trips were triggered by the photo of Main Street, Campbellsville, KY, from the collection of Larry Smith. She shares many memories, and wants to know more about the perspective from which the photo was taken

By Melissa Rexroat Craigmiles

i was wondering about this photo. It was taken 67 years before I was born.

I was born and raised in Louisville. but my parents were from Russell Springs. They had a farm and house there also from 1948 to 2003 when it was auctioned off.

So all my life we went back and forth every weekend thru Campbellsville KY to get to Russell Springs.

In 1980, while on a shopping trip my maternal grandmother Flossie from Russell Springs died suddenly of an aneurysm at Taylor County ER in Campbellsville. I was in the car with her and my mom when it happened.

It took 23 years for my mom to be able to drive past the hospital. She would not go near it when we drove down to the farm.

We used to get out and sight see all over Campbellsville and all over Columbia and all over Russell Springs.

I loved every minute of my life growing up.

My dad is buried in Russell Springs Webb's Crossroads community. I will be too someday.But my question is: Where exactly was this photo taken on Main Street? Near where the Dairy Queen was?Burger Queen years ago ? Or down the heart of town, down the Main Street, in front of Burger Queen off the Campbellsville Road?I have a 94 year old great aunt still alive in Campbellsville. Her husband and my maternal grandpa were brothers. So i always held Campbellsville dear in my heart.

I now live in Clarksville Indiana, and I do not get down to Russell Springs often - hardly ever anymore.

I got married in 2007 soon after my mom was put in a nursing home. - and my husband is from Tennessee - so my trips back down home ended, but my heart is always still there.

I love this photo taken in the 1900 era, 67 years before my birth... God bless you. Melissa (Thank you for letting me reminisce - Melissa Rexroat Craigmiles

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Main Street, Campbellsville, KY -1900

2011-09-07 - Campbellsville, Taylor Co., KY - Photo by Larry Smith.
Larry Smith, Operations Manager for The Big Dawg, 99.9 FM, Campbellsville, KY, found this cool December 18, 1900 winter street scene on Main Street in Campbellsville. Comments and clarifications, more details are welcome. Note: One reader questions whether the white on the awnings is snow, considering that leaves are still on the trees. Clicking ReadMore accesses a story with more questions and memories of visiting Campbellsville and South Central Kentucky while growing up in Louisville.

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