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Larry Smith picture from the past: Hotel Miller Fire, 1972

2008-11-24 - Corner Public Square and Greensburg ST., Columbia, KY - Photo from Larry Smith collection; photo by Jimmy Cravens.
LARRY SMITH, Shoreline Communications Corporate Program Director for FM 92.7 The WAVE and The BIG DAWG in Campbellsville, KY; South Central Kentucky historian and historic photograph collector, sent this photo of the fire which destroyed the Hotel Miller in Columbia in 1977. Five people died in the tragedy. One of the landmarks of the hotel was the corner Hotel Barber Shop, where Johnny and Gillam Fudge, Everette Smith, Ellis Pickett, Travis Scott, and Rollin Coomer barbered at one time or another. The shoe shine man was the late Ed Baker. And Billy Joe Fudge remembers, in the early 1960s, meeting Yankees pitcher Steve Hamilton, an Adair County native, who was an All-American Basketball player at Morehead State University, the NCAA Division I school which signed Adair County High School superstar Darren Ballou to a national letter of intent to play there in 2009. The Adair County Courthouse Annex stands on the spot today. At the time, along the left hand side, there was a restaurant, the Hotel Coffee Shop, operated by Helen Dowell, and Durham & Durham Law offices, where H. Hunter Durham and his father, O.A. Durham, practiced law. The building, at the time, was owned by Haskin Rowe.

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