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November 14, 2013

Traces of Laurel: Reading the old Mountain-Echo

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The excerpts then skips to October of 1873. On the 10th of that month we read: “Owing to the financial panic in the world, our City, as well as others, has felt its effect. Business has partially suspended, but resumed again. The building of our County Jail is fast progressing, and will probably be finished next year.”

In his book on Laurel County, Russell Dyche says that this jail burned (was set on fire by the prisoners) on May 1, 1883. It was replaced by the jail many of us remember from the 1940s and 50s which sat on the corner of Broad and 4th Streets near the site of the present Detention Center.

 

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The historical society is still seeking interviews with Laurel Countians who are over the age of 80 who would be willing to leave a record of their life in the society’s archives. Subjects are only asked to answer a few questions about their childhood and youth and their connection to Laurel County. 

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The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Email the society at lchistsoc@windstream.net or Jan Sparkman at sparkman935@gmail.com.

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