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First Street in Richmond, 1976

Restaurants and bars lined First Street in Richmond, Ky. as seen on May 19, 1976. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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University High seniors portray Todd sisters, 1955

University High seniors, playing the Todd sisters in an adaptation of “Love Is Eternal,” the Mary Todd Lincoln story, looked quite at home on the steps of the Todd House on West Main Street in November 1955. Playing the Todd sisters were, from left, Dobree Adams, paging Elizabeth; Barbara Hymson, as Mary, and Barbara Harper, as Ann. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Nonesuch precinct primary election day, 1987

Paul Stewart left the Nonesuch Voting Precinct Number 9 on primary election day in May 1987. Kentucky’s primary election is today and will determine candidates who will run for partisan offices in the November 6 general election. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Sears manager thwarts safecrackers, 1949

W. E. Bishop, manager of Sears, Roebuck and Company farm store on East Main Street, posed in June 1949, with a sledge hammer, crowbar and screwdriver that thieves left behind while attempting to break into a safe. Bishop surprised two thieves in the act of breaking open the safe when he returned to the store after closing hours. The two burglars escaped through a rear door and jumped in a car and sped away. Police suspected they were the same gang that had pulled six successful safe robberies in town the previous five months. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Salyersville flooding in May, 1984

David May and his horse “Buck” transported Mark Rice to high ground in a flooded downtown Salyersville May 7, 1984. Water was 21/2 feet deep under the town’s only traffic light and officials estimated that 25 homes or businesses had been flooded and about 15 families evacuated. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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KHSAA state track championships, 1946

Wilbur “Shorty” Jamerson of Henderson was shown clearing the bar at 10 feet, 2 inches as he tied for second place in pole vault in Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) track and field meet at Stoll field, May 17, 1946. Jamerson went on to attend the University of Kentucky and became a star running back under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s football team. Jamerson accounted for both touchdowns in UK’s 1951 Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma. The KHSAA State Track and Field Championships, including the pole vault finals, is scheduled for this morning at UK’s outdoor Track and Field Complex. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Henry Clay’s Bryan Sackman in regional finals, 1992

Henry Clay’s Bryan Sackman competed in the KHSAA Regional Tennis finals in May 1992 at the University of Kentucky tennis courts. This year’s individual and doubles state tournament is being held this week, with the finals on Saturday at UK’s Downing Tennis Complex. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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Bluegrass Open Sheep Dog Trials, 1980

Arthur Allen and his border collie Cap headed for a shady spot to cool off after competing in the Bluegrass Open Sheep Dog Trials at Walnut Hall Farm June 15, 1980. Sixty-seven dogs, 400 sheep and 1,000 spectators gathered for the 21st annual event. This year’s competition, now known as the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial is being held through Sunday at Masterson Station Park. This marks 57 years the trails have been held in the Bluegrass and is considered the longest-running. largest and most prestigious trial in the country. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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North Broadway and I-64 & I-75 interchange, 1970

Aerial view of the I-75 and I-64 interchange at North Broadway in October 1970. The interchange was controversial when it opened due to several fatal accidents which occurred when drivers attempted to access the interstate from North Broadway by the highway’s off-ramps, resulting in head-on collisions. As of early October 7 fatalities had occured in the previous four months. The state highway department made several changes in the interchange after meeting with a delegation of Fayette County officials. Interstates I-75 and I-64 intersected in this 8-mile stretch north of Lexington and was completed in the fall of 1970. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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First neighborhood movie theater, 1949

The Ashland, Lexington’s first neighborhood theater had it’s formal opening June 8, 1949. The theater, at 815 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase, was billed as being fireproof and air-conditioned. It had 600 seats and featured an all female staff, ushers, ticket takers and cashiers, when it opened. Joseph Neiser was the manager and was operated by the Greater Lexington Theaters, Inc., an affiliate of the Midstates Theaters, Inc., of Cincinnati. Midstates converted the theater into a twin cinema in October 1981. It closed in 1985. In 1986 the former theater opened as the posh supper club Bugatti’s. It closed in less than a year and reopened in 1988 as Streamers, a dance club. Then came J.D.’s which was followed by the Blue Moon Oldies Saloon which opened in 1992, also known as the Blue Moon Saloon. It was followed by The Art Bar and in 2016 the structure was razed to make way for the Bear & The Butcher restaurant and Bar. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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