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Mike Watson: Guardian Street name a mystery for the ages

Reasons for names of main and other secondary streets easy to ascertain, but reasons for Guardian Street and Fortune Street names not known.
Comments re photo 45503 We Fly the Flag At Guardian Street Columbia KY

By Mike Watson

A mystery for the ages, perhaps.

Guardian Street was named by person or persons not known to us at the time the town of Columbia was laid out in 1802.

The original town proprietors made bond with the County Court in October 1802 to lay off the streets and alleys. William McNeely, who was the first Adair County Surveyor, drew up the town plat.


Guardian Street was one of the original secondary streets, along with Merchant, High, Fortune, and the alleys were Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Monroe, Madison and Pinkney.

Of course the main streets were Main, now Jamestown and Greensburg Streets, and Market, now extending out Campbellsville and Burkesville Streets.

If anyone ever knew the reason Guardian was so named, Mrs. Ruth Burdette would have discovered it, and she evidently did not, as she makes no mention of it in Early Columbia: The Beginnings of a Small Kentucky Town. - - Mike Watson

A bit of trivia: Early Columbia mentioned above, was the first book printed at Waggener-Walker Newspapers, Inc., at 108 N. Reed Street, in Columbia, KY. Linda Waggener designed the cover. It was printed on a newly acquired A.B. Dick offset press, one of the earliest pieces of offset printing equipment in Adair County. Ralph Waggener, now president of South Central Printing, printed and saddlestitched it. The late N.M. Berley oversaw the project for Mrs. Burdette. -EW


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