Louisville, KY (Postcard History Series)

Louisville, KY (Postcard History Series)

by John E. Findling


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Founded in 1778 as a portage point on the lower Ohio River, Louisville was closely tied to river commerce for a century. In the 1880s, the Southern Exposition and the growth of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad did much to establish the city as an important commercial link between the North and South. By 1900, Louisville was the 18th largest city in America, with a population of just over 200,000. The city had a vibrant downtown with elegant office buildings and hotels and one of the finest park systems in the country, designed by the Olmsted brothers in the 1890s. In Louisville, more than 200 postcards present a visual record of the institutions, prosperity, and charm of the river city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738567884
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Series: Postcard History Series
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Author John E. Findling is professor emeritus of history at Indiana University Southeast and lives in Louisville. He has written extensively on world's fairs and expositions and on the modern Olympic movement. In retirement, he is a partner in a stamp and vintage postcard business, Collectors' Stamps, Ltd., the source for most of the postcards in this book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Downtown: Main, Market, and Jefferson Streets 9

2 Downtown: Fourth and Walnut Streets 21

3 Downtown: Broadway 37

4 Old Louisville 51

5 West of Downtown 63

6 South of Downtown 75

7 East of Downtown 87

8 The river 101

9 Across the River 113

Further Reading 126

Index 127

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