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Farmer’s Market on Vine St., 1990

J.T. Kriegel of Georgetown bagged new potatoes as customers began arriving at Lexington’s Farmer’s Market downtown on Vine Street on Saturday morning August 25, 1990. The market began in the early 1970’s, with the first location on the present Civic Center site in 1973. They then moved to a vacant lot on West Main Street across from Newtown Pike in 1974. The Broadway and Maxwell site was used in 1979 and in June 1980 they opened on the north side of Vine Street between Vine and Upper Streets, where it remained until moving to their current location in Cheapside Park in 2009, with the addition of the 5/3 Bank Pavilion in 2010. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Heavy rains flood Versailles Road, 1992

Two men attempted to push a stalled car from flooded Versailles Road at Red Mile Road on June 18,1992. That day’s weather began with winds up to 65 mph and 2.23 inches of rain, which gave way to clear skies in the afternoon. But by 6 p.m., Lexington was under a tornado warning and by 10 p.m. more than 2 1/2 inches more of rain had fallen. Local forecast calls for rain and possible thunderstorms through the weekend. Photo by Tom Marks | Staff

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Mayor’s Clean Team at work, 1983

Sheryl Dawson, 17, left, Lovetta Barnes, 18 and Diane Lewis, 17, picked up branches after trimming a bush on a vacant lot at North Broadway and New Street in June 1983. They were part of a 40 member Mayor’s Clean Team that cleaned public lots and right-of-ways for two months that summer. The team was part of the Bluegrass Employment and Training Summer Youth Employment Program. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Jacob Tamme celebrated touchdown, 2006

University of Kentucky tight end Jacob Tamme celebrated his first half touchdown as the Wildcats played Central Michigan at Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 30, 2006. Kentucky won 45-36. Tamme, who went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, was named to the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 this week. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

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Great Saltpetre Cave, 1985

Richard Mullins stood in front of the Great Saltpetre Cave in Rockcastle County in August 1985. Mullins was caretaker of the cave and at the time of the photo was taken, the cave was for sale. It is now owned by the Rockcastle Karst Conservancy and operated by several other organizations. The cave is only open to the public one weekend a year. During the War of 1812 it served as an important sources of saltpeter, a vital component of gunpowder. From 1938 to the 1970’s the cave was a commercial property and open for tours, ballroom dancing and weddings. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Overcrowding in Fayette clerk’s office, 1947

In December 1947 the fireproof vault at the Fayette County Clerk’s office was so over-crowded with county deeds, marriage licenses, wills, settlements, contracts and other legal transactions that County Clerk J. Porter Land asked the Fayette Fiscal Court to enlarge it. Two workers seeking specific records were forced to search through disorderly stacks of books on a low mezzanine around the top of the vault. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Winner of Purcell’s Father’s Day contest, 1956

Theresa Graves, 19, was congratulated by George S. Wiedeman Jr. with Purcell’s Department store after winning a weight guessing contest in June 1956. The contest, sponsored by Purcells in connection with Father’s Day, “Dad is worth his weight in gifts”. All the contestants had to do was guess the total weight of gifts that Purcells prepared for the occasion. Graves used a simple formula for her guess, reversing her age to the number 91 for the pounds. She was born on the 10th of the month, so she added this to the form as ounces, making her guess 91 pounds and 10 ounces. The total weight of the gifts, which ranged from cuff links to a radio, was 91 pounds, 14 3/4 ounces. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Rodeo barrel-racing at Ky Horse Park, 1981

Barbara Zaleski reached for her whip during the barrel-racing event at the three-day Raleigh Lights Hall of Champions Rodeo at the Kentucky Horse Park July 5, 1981. Tonight rodeo fans can catch the Lexington Rodeo, which is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and presented by the Rotary Club of Lexington, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Switzer covered bridge, 1999

Stone masons worked on the approach to the Switzer Covered Bridge in Franklin County in June 1999. Designated as the official state covered bridge in 1998, it spans North Elkhorn Creek and is 120 feet long and 11 feet wide. It was built by George Hockensmith about 1955. The bridge was restored in 1906 and closed to traffic in 1954. It was again restored in 1997 after a flood swept the bridge off its foundation. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Lake-side development, 1975

Aerial view of the lake-side development on Lake Park Road on Reservoir Number 2 in April 1975. The site is now Lakes Edge condominium Complex. New Circle Road, with the on and off ramps for Richmond Road on the left. Lakeshore Drive can be seen at upper center where it crosses the reservoir. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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