Marianne Theater — Bellvue, Kentucky

The Marianne is a beautiful 1940s Art Deco, single-screen movie theater located in the Northern Kentucky Cincinnati suburb of Bellvue.
Marianne Theater -- Bellvue, Kentucky

The Marianne opened for business on March 1, 1942.  It has a seating capacity of 542.
Marianne Theater -- Bellvue, Kentucky By the mid 1990s the Marianne had began running second run movies and eventually closed for business. The last movie to play in the theater was the 1998 Tommy Lee Jones film “U.S. Marshals” Marianne Theater -- Bellvue, Kentucky
In February of 2018 developers announced that the theater would be restored and turned into an event center for live concerts and other performances.

Martin’s Fork Time Machine

First and foremost before I begin this entry I want to give credit and thanks to the Martins Fork Lake Facebook page for sharing these photos. Ever since I was small I have always wondered what the land looked like before the lake was built at Smith. So, with great gratitude I thank the folks who control the lake’s social media page for having the thoughtfulness and courtesy to share these wonderful archives with us.

 
Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s) Im starting off the photos with what I consider to be the holy grail of the bunch. This photo is looking toward the bridge nearest the beach. Imagine that little road running up and down the middle is the road along the beach area. If you look closely you can see the roof of the old Smith School and the rock church near the center. Im shocked at how flat this area was. Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s)
This second picture is looking off toward the lake from the last bridge. In fact, to this day, if the water is down far enough you can still tell where this bridge was that is in the picture.
Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s) The rest of the photos are pretty self explanatory, but fascinating no doubt. Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s)

The last picture is an old welcome sign that was at the lake until the 1980s according to the lake’s Facbook page.
Martins Fork Lake Construction (Mid-Late 1970s)

I also have a couple of other entries that includes more historical pictures from Martins Fork Lake and the Smith community that I posted a few years ago, if you are interested in reading those articles you can do so by clicking  the links below:

Smith Kentucky; A Glimpse To The Past, Present and Futrue

Smith Presbyterian Church

Logan County Courthouse — Russellville, Kentucky

Logan County Courthouse -- Russellville, KY
This Logan County Courthouse was constructed in 1903 and remodeled in 1972. This courthouse replaced earlier courthouses dating back to 1792 that were located at the site of the current day public square in town.

Sue Bennett College (CLOSED) — London, Kentucky

Sue Bennett College was a private college located in the southeastern Kentucky town of  London in Laurel County.  The school first opened in 1897 as an elementary school.
Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky In 1922 the school became a junior college and recieved accredidation. The school remained affiliated with the United Methodist Church throughout its operation. Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky
In 1991 a new president was elected who pushed for the expansion of athletic programs and a business degree program. The new programs and atheletic offerings were implemented in hopes of increasing enrollment, but that never materialzed and the college fell into debt.
Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky After many financial and legal problems on September 22, 1997 the acredidation was stripped from the college. Sue Bennett College -- London, Kentucky
By October 6th the United States Department of Education imposed an emergency action against Sue Bennett College, issuing a Notice of Intent to Terminate the institution from participation in the federal student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The college requested a hearing to appeal that proceeding. The appeal was based on SBC’s pending litigation versus the Eastern District of Kentucky to have the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reinstate its accreditation. However, Judge Richard I. Slippen rejected SBC’s request, and thus the possibility of continued federal financial assistance was dead, as was hopes of remaining open. Upon further research for this article I discovered the college was sold in 2014.  Until that time it had been used for community college and Union College classes.  The link to the article announcing its sale can be found by clicking HERE.  Further reading can be found on my friends blog at abandonedonline by clicking HERE

Reed Consolidated School — Henderson County, Kentucky

Reed Consolidated School was located just off US 60 on Reed Bluff City Road between Henderson and Owensboro.
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There is basically no information about the history of the school. However I have found that all 9-12 graders in Henderson County began attending the new Henderson County High School in 1955. This building likely served as a K-8 school for many years after that.
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As you can tell, the sun was not cooperating at all with me when there.

Kmart Stores of Kentucky

This collage represents each of the 24 Kmart locations that were open in Kentucky as of July 2016.
Kmart Stores of Kentucky  7/2016
Starting with the top row from left to right:

  • Erlanger, Kentucky
  • Louisville (Outer Loop)  — Closed March 2017
  • Louisville (Taylorsville Road)  —  Closed July 2016
  • Louisville (Poplar Level) — Closed July 2016
  • Elizabethtown — Closed July 2016

Second row from left to right

  • Georgetown — Closed March 2017
  • Frankfort
  • Maysville — Closed July 2016
  • Paintsville — Closed July 2016
  • London — Closed March 2017

Third row from left to right

  • Corbin  — Closed March 2017
  • Somerset
  • Owensboro (Fredrica Street)
  • Owensboro (Parish Avenue) — Closed March 2017

Fourth row from left to right

  • Paducah
  • Glasgow
  • Hopkinsville — Closed March 2017
  • Bowling Green — Closed March 2017
  • Henderson

Fifth row from left to right

  • Grayson
  • Russell Springs
  • Versailes
  • Lexington
  • Pikeville — Closed December 2016

From 24 locations to 11 in under a year.  Yikes.  😦

The Princess Theatre — Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Princess Theater -- Hopkinsville, KY The Princess Theatre, located at 113 East Ninth Street in Hopkinsville opened November 27, 1911 as the Photoplay Palace. The theatre suffered a fire in 1942, and was remodeled in an Art Deco style and renamed The Princess Theatre. Princess Theater -- Hopkinsville, KY

Ballard County Courthouse — Wickliffe, Kentucky

Ballard County was formed from portions of Hickman County and McCracken County.  Ballard County has the distinction of being the county in Kentucky that borders both Illinois and Missouri.It was named for Bland Ballard , a Kentucky pioneer and soldier who served as a scout for General George Rogers Clark during the American Revolutionary War, and later commanded a company during the War of 1812. On February 17, 1880, the courthouse was destroyed by a fire, which also destroyed most of the county’s early records. At this time the countyseat and courthouse was located in Blandville.

Ballard County Courthouse -- Wickliffe, Kentucky

The county seat was transferred from Blandville to Wickliffe in 1882. This courthouse was built in 1903 with the designs of Missouri architect Jerome B. Legg. It is located in the heart of Wickliffe making it the county’s most prominent structure. On February 27, 1980 the courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Adiós mi amigo hermoso Taco Bell

for as long as I can remember I (and probably anyone around my age) have heard my parents talk of a place called Denny Rays. Apparently Denny Rays was a drive in Sonic type restaurant where all of the young people went. This Taco Bell was my Denny Rays. Ive spent many nights in the early and mid 2000’s hanging out and wasting time in this building.
Taco Bell -- Harlan, KY
One of my favorite memories from this Taco Bell was from the days when my friends and I thought we were destined for fame as independent film makers (lol). We would film a while, then go hang out at Taco Bell for a few minutes or few hours. After all, the Taco Bell bathroom vestibule is where Krazi Girl broke free from to wreak havoc on Walmart once again.
Taco Bell -- Harlan, Kentucky Late last week a friend of mine messaged me and told me that this Taco Bell would be closed and a new building built in its place. Not to be overly dramatic or too sentimental, but my heart sank. All those memories. All that character. Once I done a little snooping and asking, I discovered that yes it was true and that the original Taco Bell in Harlan would close at the end of the day on Saturday March 25. Taco Bell -- Harlan, Kentucky
naturally, with a milestone such as this in my life coming to a close, you know I have to devote a blog entry and flickr photo album to this store. When I went to visit for the final time on Saturday I heard the store manager say that they hoped to have the building demolished by Wednesday (March 29).
Taco Bell -- Harlan, Kentucky The store was originally opened in September 1994 and was one of the last stores to have the brown taco bell signage that I can remember……as late as 2010. Taco Bell -- Harlan, KY
I took some interior photos that day, and some exterior photos this morning, as thats probably the last time I will see this landmark of my youth standing. Adios original Taco Bell…..I am going to miss you, but at the same time a part of me is excited to see it updated. Its a conflicted feeling, but regardless, this old building will hold a special place in my heart and memories.
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Taco Bell -- Harlan, KY