Baxter Avenue Morgue AKA Vanderdark Morgue

The Baxter Ave. Morgue which is located at 451 Baxter Avenue Louisville, KY is a popular “haunting ground” during the Halloween season. However, this popular attraction has a dark and mysterious past.

The Big Four Bridge- Louisville, KY

The original/first Big Four Bridge had a pedestrian walk-way on the west (downriver side). It was opened in 1895 and in use till 1929 when a newly constructed replacement bridge using the same bridge piers replaced it. Everything old is new again- the pedestrian usage is an idea that was put into effect over 100 years ago.

The viaducts or high trestle elevated structures of the Big Four Bridge stretched out for a little over three miles and in three different directions. On the Kentucky side one arm split off crossing over the current skate park and toward Louisville’s Baseball Park-this formerly housed the big four rail freight terminal. The rail touched down just east of the expressway at Hancock Street.

The other split, the lengthier of the two, crossed over dozens of streets with another access ramp at Franklin and Wenzel Streets. It continued airborne for many more blocks until finally touching down at East Main Street and Mellwood Avenue (east of the Old Bourbon Stockyards).

On the Indiana side the elevated structure continued northward with
the exception of the access ramp immediately after crossing the bridge which touched earth about four blocks later.The elevated structure carried on for another 3/4 of a mile northward finally coming to rest just west of The Quartermaster Depot.

Louisville’s elevated trains ran day and night over many homes and businesses They carried all manner of goods, merchandise, passengers, and daily commuters, all of which created a scenario more likened to Chicago or New York.

A high speed lightweight electric train of the Indiana RR crosses the Big Four Bridge some time in the 1930’s. The last electric trains crossed this bridge in October 1939, while electric trains continued on the K&I Bridge until the eve of 1946.

One organized outing by the 4-H clubs in and around Columbus, Indiana chartered three trains, each consisting of 3 cars cars each for a trip into Louisville in September of 1939. The 800 or so farm kids and their escorts then took a river cruise and returned the same day.

Electric trains survived in Louisville until the eve of 1946. The above newspaper advertisement is cira of 1941. Electric rapid transit was a smart, swift and a thrifty buy for either group or individual travel.

All information contributed by Ron Schooling- Thanks!


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Nuns Rescued During The 1937 Flood


(Located on Portland Avenue)

Several nuns had stayed behind in the convent and were rescued by a boat which made a dangerous journey up Bank Street.

The nuns were able to get into the boat and they headed back toward downtown Louisville. Turning into 19th street the boat struck a light post and broke in two.

The Sisters and oarsmen went into the water that was 10 feet deep. They were saved by other men who were there at the time. They were taken to the convent of the Good Shepherd (8th and Madison).

They later were moved to St. Joseph Infirmary.

Not one Sister became ill from the icy waters.


Mary Millicent Garretson Miller


The First Female Steamboat Captain

Mary Millicent Garretson Miller was born in 1846 to a steamboat engineer and his wife who lived in Portland.

She married Capt. George Miller. He worked as a carpenter at a Jeffersonville, Indiana shipyard. Learning the trade as she went, Mary helped him build their 179 foot side-wheeler, the Saline.

Miller became a river pioneer by being the first to take coal down down the Mississippi. In 1829 he took two coal flats from Bon Harbor below Owensboro, Ky to the La Branche Plantation just Red Church, about thirty miles north of New Orleans

A rival company accused George of operating as both captain and pilot, which was illegal. When Mary Miller applied for her captain’s license in 1883, the local U.S. Inspectors of Steam Vessels at the New Orleans office refused her request until they could clear it with the Secretary of the Treasury.

Mary took the exam and passed. The Secretary of the Treasury wired back “that Mrs. Miller be granted a license if fit to perform the duties required, in spite of sex.” He also added that such a license would socially degrade any woman to whom it was issued.

1891- George was ready to retire. Business had declined. They made their last trip to New Orleans. They took the Swan their sailboat and spent the winter on the jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi.

Mary became ill. The towboat W.W. O’Neil towed the Swan back to Portland. Mary returned to her home on Bank Street (George build her the house as a wedding present)

1894 Mary died and is buried in Portland Cemetery.
1993- She was inducted into the American Merchant Marine Hall of Fame at Kings Point, New York and recognized by the National Rivers Hall of Fame in Dubuque Iowa in 1995.

The Great Flood of 1937


Rising waters, soaring spirits
An excellent account of the 1937 flood

For generations of Louisvillians, the 1937 flood was much more than a historical event. It was a watershed. And hundreds, maybe thousands, grew up on the stories of good humor, courage and endurance that marked the months of January and February 1937.

Rick Bell, who is overseeing the restoration of the Marine Hospital in Portland, has pulled all of these emotions, as well as many, many facts together, quite remarkably, in his new book, The Great Flood of 1937. For those who care about our city, and its history, this is an indispensable book.

(It is also the third significant contribution to local history in recent months by Butler Books of Louisville, which published Louisville Then and Now and Brandeis at 150 in 2006.)

In a comprehensive, yet breezy text, with an outstanding collection of photographs, Bell recreates the weeks of seemingly endless sacrifice. Remember, the flood came at one of the lowest points of the Great Depression. Louisville and other cities already were suffering; the rains of January 1937 only made matters much worse.

Those who lived through the flood, those whose families survived to tell the stories and those for whom it was merely a historical event will welcome The Great Flood of 1937.

(From the Courier-Journal)

Selling A House

Selling A House
Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.


Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.


Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas.


Check Curb Appeal.

  • If a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.
  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number

Online Sleuthing for Homebuyers


A Monthly Newsletter from Sheila Barrett

The web has helped homebuyers find places to live for years, but a number of sites have emerged that provided a raft of information beyond price, location and photos.

Comparison Shopping and will show you just about any type of information about a house. Users can enter a city, town or zip code and see a listing of every home for sale, sort by price, address, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, broker or type of home.

What the Neighbors Say

Other sites are designed to give users a look at neighborhoods through the eyes of the people who live there. On based in Melbourne, Australia, buyers can look for input from residents of a particular street, about their neighbors, local services and more.

Is It Green

Several sites cater to concerns about energy efficiency and the environment. rates the walkability of a neighborhood by the proximity of stores, restaurants, schools, parks, libraries and more. At users can find builders working with the EPA to build homes that meet the government’s Energy Star standards for energy efficiency.

Schools and give information for public and private schools, including test sores, student ethnicity, student-teacher ratios and spending per pupil. Parents can rate schools for principal leadership, teacher quality, extracurricular activities, parent involvement, safety and discipline.
Source: The Real Estate Journal

Interactive maps for Kentucky and Louisville Metro

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