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The Encyclopedia of Louisville

The Encyclopedia of Louisville

JOHN E. KLEBER Editor in Chief
Copyright Date: 2001
Edition: 1
Pages: 1024
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    The Encyclopedia of Louisville
    Book Description:

    With more than 1,800 entries,The Encyclopedia of Louisvilleis the ultimate reference for Kentucky's largest city. For more than 125 years, the world's attention has turned to Louisville for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Louisville Slugger bats still reign supreme in major league baseball. The city was also the birthplace of the famed Hot Brown and Benedictine spread, and the cheeseburger made its debut at Kaelin's Restaurant on Newburg Road in 1934. The "Happy Birthday" had its origins in the Louisville kindergarten class of sisters Mildred Jane Hill and Patty Smith Hill. Named for King Louis XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778. The city has been home to a number of men and women who changed the face of American history. President Zachary Taylor was reared in surrounding Jefferson County, and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices were from the city proper. Second Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald, stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I, frequented the bar in the famous Seelbach Hotel, immortalized inThe Great Gatsby. Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville and won six Golden Gloves tournaments in Kentucky.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4974-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ix)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. x-x)
  3. Preface
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiii)
    John E. Kleber
  5. [Map]
    (pp. xiv-xiv)
  6. Louisville: A Historical Overview
    (pp. xv-xxxi)
    George H. Yater

    The Falls of the Ohio, created by an ancient and stubborn limestone ledge cutting across the Ohio River’s course, marked the site of what would become Louisville long before George Rogers Clark and his mixed party of Virginia militiamen and settlers arrived in the spring of 1778. The Falls was well known to the French, who lost the Ohio Valley to the British in 1763 after their defeat in the French and Indian War. Beargrass Creek had been named before 1755 when it first appeared on a map. The first Anglo-Americans to pass over the rapids were five Virginians commissioned...

  7. Guide for Readers
    (pp. xxxii-xxxiv)
  8. The Encyclopedia of Louisville

  9. Bibliographic Essay
    (pp. 967-968)
  10. Photography Credits
    (pp. 969-972)
  11. Index
    (pp. 973-988)