Saturday, April 12, 2014

Historic Downtown Carrollton, Kentucky

We had a very nice day last Tuesday the 8th so we decided to take a little road trip to Carrollton, Kentucky. 
Carrollton is a nice quite little town that is on the Ohio river. All the people that we met while we were there was all very nice. 
We took a little walking tour of downtown and it was very nice. There is some old buildings ( more on them in another post ) and nice shops. It is a little like stepping back in time when you visit. The story about how Carrollton got its name is: The city fathers, who had close ties to Maryland, chose the name of Carrollton County in honor of Charles Carroll from Carrollton, Maryland. Charles Carroll was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and outlived all the others who affixed their signatures to the document. Port William became the county seat and was renamed Carrollton. In the center of town is an area called The Courthouse Square. There you will see the present Courthouse. It was built in 1884. During the flood of 1937, the lower level of the building was flooded with water from the Ohio river. The Coast Guard used boats to float through the halls. In the mid 1970's the courthouse was extensively remodeled to add more room. It was made into a three story building and they added an elevator and two wings. If you go into the courthouse you can see a plaque they have on the wall that marks how high the water level was when the building flooded. If you are heading down that way make sure you stop and look around and see all the historic sites. 

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