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New development on Man o’ War at I-75, 1993

Preliminary work on the development on the southwest corner of I-75 and Man o’ War Boulevard, which would be directly across from Hamburg Pavilion, was underway in August 1993. Man o’ War Boulevard runs horizontally, with what is now Pleasant Ridge Drive running into the new development at center. The site now contains hotels, restaurants, gas stations and a subdivision. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Farming with draft horses, 1992

Nick Coleman, 59, guided a team of draft horses pulling a plow through one of his fields in preparation for planting in May 1992. Coleman farmed the same 187 acres in Henry County that his grandfather did a century before, using draft horses for everything except baling hay. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Blue Grass Field fire equipment, 1960

Firefighting equipment and the crash crew at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field in September 1960. The crash crew consisted of one combination firefighter-police officer on duty around the clock, with four volunteers from men on duty in the hangars and two men from each of the three airlines at the field. The photo ran in the Sunday Herald-Leader on Sept. 25, 1960, with a story touting that there had been no deaths or major accidents at the airport since 1946, despite antiquated equipment. The firefighting equipment included the truck at left, a 20-year-old engine donated by the county fire department; an electrical truck in the middle; and a pickup truck with fire equipment mounted on the back. At the time of that image, there were no regulations in place for the number or capacity of fire trucks that an airport should have or a crash-crew size, or how well they should be trained. Blue Grass Field averaged about 15 accidents a year involving light aircraft, many attributed to student training. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Billy Ray Cyrus in Rupp Arena, 1993

Billy Ray Cyrus, a native of Flatwoods, Ky., performed in Rupp Arena before 8,000 fans on June 26, 1993, shortly after the release of his album “It Won’t Be the Last.” Cyrus’ concert the previous year in Rupp arena was attended by 15,000 people. Photo by Marvin Hill, Jr. | Staff

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Lexington Pride Festival, 2009

Lexington’s second Pride Festival was held June 27, 2009, at Cheapside Park. It featured more than 50 booths, food vendors and entertainment. Click on the image for a larger view. This year’s Lexington Pride Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the downtown courthouse plaza. Photo by Matt Goins

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Highway 80 collapse, 1986

Onlookers peered into a 15-foot hole in Ky. 80 in Floyd County after the roadway collapsed about 2 a.m. Oct. 26, 1986. The road had been built over a pear-shaped steel-arched railroad tunnel. Two cars plunged into the chasm. Patricia Stepp, 32, of Prestonsburg and Terry Boyd, 20, of Langley escaped serious injury, but their cars were destroyed. Two lanes of the four-lane highway reopened in early November. Photo by Jim Wakeham | Staff

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Lexington’s ‘burgoo king,’ 1946

James T. “Col. Jim” Looney, a Lexington grocer, known locally as the “burgoo king”, watched over a kettle of the regionally popular stew known as burgoo at the Blue Grass Fat Lamb Show and Sale at Clay Gentry Stockyards on June 22, 1946. His burgoo was served at the Lexington Trots and other events in Central Kentucky for many years. In September 1935, Looney prepared enough of his specialty to feed 4,000 people for a Labor Day “relief” picnic to benefit Lexington’s needy. The ingredients included 450 pounds of lean beef, 100 pounds of chicken, 36 one-gallon cans of tomatoes, 16 one-gallon cans of puree, four bushels of onions, eight 100-pound sacks of potatoes, four bushels of cabbage, 48 cans of corn, 25 pounds of salt and 24 cans of carrots. The remaining ingredients and seasoning remained his secret. In 1938, Looney began canning and selling Kentucky burgoo under the name “Burgoo King,” and the label bore the picture of Col. E. R. Bradley’s 1932 Kentucky Derby winner, Burgoo King, who was named after Looney. Col. Jim Looney died March 23, 1954, at age 84. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Star of Lexington, 1992

The original paddle-wheeler Star of Lexington made its way up the Kentucky River near Clays Ferry on June 30, 1992. The 125-foot-long vessel, which provided river cruises and dinner, was replaced in March 1993 by a larger boat, 135 feet long and 35 feet wide, with three decks and capacity for 540 passengers. The riverboat was owned by Star Line Corp., which was owned by Lexington developer Dudley Webb and his family. By April 1994, the the decision was made to abandon the business because of the amount of debris that collected around the boat’s dock at Clays Ferry. The smell and the river’s unsightly appearance created an unpleasant dining environment for passengers, according to Frank Mauro, vice president tor operations for Webb Hospitality Group. The last day of operation was April 13, 1994. The Star of Lexington was expected to be moved to another city where the company operated cruise boats. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

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Kentucky Central Insurance building, 1976

What was then the building that housed Kentucky Central Insurance Co. and is now the home of the Lexington Urban County Government at 200 East Main Street, in July 1976. The 12-story, 300-room building was originally the Lafayette Hotel and had its grand opening on Dec. 2, 1920. The hotel, built to rival the Phoenix Hotel, farther west on Main Street, closed in 1963. At that time, Garvice Kincaid, CEO of Kentucky Central Insurance Co., moved his company into the building. Ashland Oil Co. moved into the building about 1979, when Kentucky Central moved into Kincaid Towers on Vine Street. Then in 1982, the Urban County Government bought the building and moved from the old city hall offices on what was then Walnut Street. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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Last passenger train at Union Station, 1957

The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad’s George Washington waited at the platform behind Union Station on May 9, 1957. It was the last time the passenger train would stop at Union Station, which was to be closed because of high operating costs and low passenger levels. The station was demolished in March 1960. When the George Washington was launched 25 years earlier, in 1932, it was one of only two long-distance air-conditioned trains operating in the United States. Click here to see more images from our archives of Union Station. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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