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Old 08-23-2006, 12:00 PM
 
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What was in Kuttawa, Kentucky, in 1928? Was it a resort? Did it have a good beach? Other attractions? I'm researching Illinois Central Railroad African American workers, and have reference to a large group of Paducah IC shop workers and families taking an excursion to Kuttawa. What would they have done/seen on this excursion in the late 1920s?
Thanks for the help.
Ted Kornweibel
Professor, Emeritus
Department of Africana Studies
San Diego State University
kornweib@mail.sdsu.edu
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:06 AM
 
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LOL Maybe they took a trip to the Castle on the Cumberland.
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Old 04-09-2007, 08:56 PM
 
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Kuttawa was established by Charles Anderson, once Governor of Ohio. He was a strong supporter of African-American rights and a staunch opponent of the so-called Black Laws of the day. Around 1880, Anderson also developed the Kuttawa Mineral Springs Resort, around the "Cerulean Spring" said to exist on that site. It is said that it "...quickly became a favorite gathering spot in western Kentucky around 1880...." and "...During the 1920s and 30s the resort boasted tennis and croquet courts, a barbeque pit, cabins for 200 tourists, dining hall, open air pavilion, and concession booths for vendors of ice cream and watermelon." References can also be found to summer church camps, reunions, etc. being held there.

Some interesting bits of trivia found this afternoon while searching the internet: 1) Governor Anderson was the afternoon part of the twin bill when Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address; 2) Kuttawa is evidently a hotbed of publishing for books relating to the history of Kentucky, but scant information can be found on the internet regarding Kuttawa's own history; and 3) Kuttawa and Eddyville were the only two towns that had to be moved when Lake Barkley was created by damming the Cumberland River west of Kuttawa--remnants of Old Kuttawa can still be seen beneath the waters of Lake Barkley.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:07 PM
 
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Another tidbit about Governor Anderson and the Illinois Central Railroad:

"...while in the Ohio senate he became the originator of the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton Railroad, and after his removal to Kentucky, he was one of the three men most influential in the building of the Elizabethtown & Paducah Railroad, now the Louisville division of the Illinois Central Railroad."
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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My wife is originally from (OLD) Kuttawa and is from the Hamby family.Her mothers name was Betty Hamby and she married a scruffy character named Mitchell Brown who was NOT well liked in the community I understand.She was born on 02/03/1953 and lived there until she moved to Chicago when her mother remarried in 1969.She remembers well the pavillions and campgrounds along with the cabins,restaraunts and great neighborhoods.I can assure you she could elaborate if she were asked.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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Kuttawa was established by Charles Anderson, once Governor of Ohio. He was a strong supporter of African-American rights and a staunch opponent of the so-called Black Laws of the day. Around 1880, Anderson also developed the Kuttawa Mineral Springs Resort, around the "Cerulean Spring" said to exist on that site. It is said that it "...quickly became a favorite gathering spot in western Kentucky around 1880...." and "...During the 1920s and 30s the resort boasted tennis and croquet courts, a barbeque pit, cabins for 200 tourists, dining hall, open air pavilion, and concession booths for vendors of ice cream and watermelon." References can also be found to summer church camps, reunions, etc. being held there.

Some interesting bits of trivia found this afternoon while searching the internet: 1) Governor Anderson was the afternoon part of the twin bill when Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address; 2) Kuttawa is evidently a hotbed of publishing for books relating to the history of Kentucky, but scant information can be found on the internet regarding Kuttawa's own history; and 3) Kuttawa and Eddyville were the only two towns that had to be moved when Lake Barkley was created by damming the Cumberland River west of Kuttawa--remnants of Old Kuttawa can still be seen beneath the waters of Lake Barkley.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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You can still see part of Old Kuttawa underwater? Where? Wife and I have lived in this area most of our lives and hadn't heard that. The only thing like that that I have heard about is the quarry over on the Ky. Lake side, down from Hillman Ferry campground. They used to say when the water was clear you could still see trucks and equipment on the bottom.
My dad worked for TVA clearing the land for Lake Barkley. One of his jobs was moving old graveyards. He still talks about it often.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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I was happy to see that the iron (maybe iron) pot that overlooked the river had been moved to "new" Kuttawa - I lived in Kuttawa a few years before it became part of the lake - I loved it and the people were - well, like all Kentuckians - wonderful.
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