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St. Tammany meeting house, 1947

The Lexington Leader ran a photo of this building, which had just turned 150 years old, at the southeast corner of Vine and Upper Streets, in October 1947, to mark the meeting location of the Lexington chapter of The Society of St. Tammany, or Columbian Order. The society was a political organization founded in New York City in 1786. Known as the “widow Thomas house”, shown here facing Vine Street, which ran right to left in the photo. The house was built in 1797 and at a later date encased in brick to improve it’s appearance and strengthen the structure. At the time of this photo was taken the ground floor was occupied by the Lincoln Restaurant. Photo by Ralph Looney | Staff

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Kentucky-Alabama basketball game, 1951

The University of Kentucky’s Shelby Linville (11) tried to intercept a pass during the Wildcats Jan. 13, 1951 win against Alabama. No. 3 Kentucky won the game 65-48, before a sold-out 10,000 fans at Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum. It was UK’s seventh game at their new arena. Other players shown are Bill Spivey (77) and Frank Ramsey (30) of Kentucky and Paul Sullivan (25) of Alabama. Two months later under coach Adolp Rupp, the Cats would win their third national title, beating Kansas State 68-58 in the championship game. Published in the Jan. 14, 1951 Sunday Herald-Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Students ready for first plane ride, 1950

All these senior students at Oakdale Vocational School, Breathitt County, took their first airplane ride on April 22, 1950 at Blue Grass Field in Lexington. Some fo the students, visiting in Lexington over the weekend, had their doubts about getting into the plane, but C.W. Bohmer, who operated a flying service at the field, convinced them they’d be safe. In the group were G.B. Rhodes, school business manager; Fleta Rhodes, class sponsor; Bobbie Jean Witt, Kona; Ellen Lockard, Oakdale; Sara McGowan, Tullahoma, Tenn.; Ruth Shepherd, Manchester; Eugene Watkins, Athol; Archie Reynolds, Curt, and Bohmer. The school, which had about 100 students, was run by the Free Methodist group. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Keeneland box seats, 1947

Mrs. Frank Atkins, Mrs. P.J. Sawyer, Mrs. Lewis Bush and Mrs. L.Q. Bickett were guests in Mr. and Mrs. Barckley Storey’s box at during the 1947 Keeneland Spring Meet. The photo was published in the April 21, 1947 Lexington Leader, alongside other social news items. The 1947 spring meet lasted 11 days. Today we are 50 days away from the 2018 Keeneland Spring Meet, which features 16 days of racing. Click here to see other Keeneland images from our archives. Herald-Leader archive photo

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Terry Mobley’s game-winning shot against Duke, 1963

The University of Kentucky’s Terry Mobley, shown at far right, watches his game-winning shot head towards the basket Dec. 31, 1963 during the final seconds of the Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament. Mobley, a 6-3 junior from Harrodsburg, hit the 15-footer with four seconds remaining to lift No. 2 UK past No. 8 Duke 81-79 in New Orleans. Herald-Leader columnist Mark Story declared it one of the 25 greatest clutch shots in UK history. Mobley, who played for coach Adolph Rupp and and Wildcats from 1962-1965, went on to build the university’s fledgling fundraising efforts into a multimillion-dollar philanthropy system. He died Monday, Feb. 12 at age 74. Herald-Leader file photo.

The University of Kentucky’s Terry Mobley was all smiles after sinking a 15-foot game-winning shot Dec. 31, 1963 against Duke in the finals of the Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament in New Orleans. Herald-Leader file photo.

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Courthouse remodeling ahead of schedule, 1961

Fayette County Courthouse remodeling was reported as progressing ahead of schedule in this February 1961 photo whited showed Grover Cleveland welding above one of the upper floors. Steel framework was being put in on the second, third and fourth floors. In 1960 and 1961, the interior was extensively renovated to provide more courtrooms and offices. These renovations included removing the interior “Y” stairs and closing off the dome. Yesterday the city unveiled the restored dome of the former courthouse as part of a sneak peek of the ongoing $32 million renovation and restoration project. The dome and upper floors of the courthouse, which were closed off in the early 1960’s, are now open. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Dixieland Gardens shooting scene, 1943

A photograph of the entrance to Dixieland Gardens, 110 Luigart Ct., an African American dance hall, where, on February 13, 1943, Sam B. Coppock Jr., a University of Kentucky senior was murdered by Boyd Lakes, a former bus driver. Coppock was in the white spectator’s enclosure at the dance hall when he was shot. Two African American dancers were also injured. Lakes fired four rifle shots into the dance hall to “scare them and try to break up the dance.” Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Site of family cemetery on Lafayette Ave., 1953

Site of the old Trotter cemetery in the 300 block of Lafayette Ave in November 1953, shortly after the family tomb was leveled and filled in. The brick tomb, built about 1800, was 10 feet deep and contained two 15-by-20 foot rooms. The remains of several bodies had been removed the previous May and reburied in the Millersburg cemetery. Ralph Kendall and Marietta Shannon, both of Lexington, bought the property for a real estate development. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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John Calipari’s first UK game, 2009

The University of Kentucky’s John Calipari talks to guard Eric Bledsoe during his first game as the head coach of the Wildcats, a 74-38 exhibition win over Campbellsville, Nov. 2, 2009. The setting for his first game as Kentucky coach warmed Calipari’s heart. “You know, it was neat to walk into an exhibition game and look up in the rafters, and it’s packed,” he said afterward. “I was, like, stunned.” Led by Junior Patrick Patterson and freshmen John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Bledsoe, Calipari’s first year at UK finished 35-3, falling to West Virginia in the NCAA East Regional Finals. Today is Calipari’s 59th birthday. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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New Circle & Georgetown Rd interchange, 1959

Aerial view of construction of New Circle Road as the project was extending west, bottom of photo, toward Leestown Rd from Georgetown Road (US 25) in January 1959. The Georgetown Road interchange is seen taking shape with two ramps already complete. US 25 is seen running right to left. This new section of the New Circle Road was due to be finished in the summer of 1960. See more images of New Circle Road construction  from our archives. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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