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Continental Inn room, 2002

A typical  room at the Continental Inn on New Circle Rd. in Lexington taken April 25, 2002. Built for $2 million in 1965 at what was then the edge of Lexington proper and lined with wrought-iron Mediterranean style, the Continental Inn was always a bit over the top, hosting Elvis conventions and psychic fairs and square dancing conventions. The Rotary Club met there for years, too, and in 1976 then-California governor Ronald Reagan presented the group’s high school academic awards to Lexington students. After 40 years of business, the iconic 319-room hotel closed in 2005. Recently the storied motel’s final piece, a conference center area, was demolished. Photo by Charles Bertram

A typical room at the Continental Inn on New Circle Road in Lexington, taken April 25, 2002. Built for $2 million in 1965 at what was then the edge of Lexington proper and lined with wrought-iron Mediterranean style, the Continental Inn was always a bit over the top, hosting Elvis conventions, psychic fairs and square-dancing conventions. The Rotary Club met there for years, too, and in 1976, then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan presented the group’s high school academic awards to Lexington students. After 40 years of business, the iconic 319-room hotel closed in 2005. Recently, the storied motel’s final piece, a conference center area, was demolished. To see a photo from our archives of the hotel’s indoor pool, click here. Photo by Charles Bertram

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Lafayette wins Boys’ Sweet Sixteen, 1979

The Lafayette Generals basketball team celebrate after winning the Boys' Sweet 16 championship, March 17, 1979 in Rupp Arena. Dirk Minniefield, who was named Mr. Basketball that year, is front right with the net around his neck. Assistant coach Donnie Harville and head coach Charles “Jock” Sutherland, right, hold the trophy. On Oct. 23, 2016, Sutherland was named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association 2017 Hall of Fame class, along with 10 others. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

The Lafayette Generals basketball team celebrated after winning the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen championship on March 17, 1979, in Rupp Arena. Dirk Minniefield, who was named Mr. Basketball that year, is front right with the net around his neck. Assistant coach Donnie Harville and head coach Charles “Jock” Sutherland, right, held the trophy. On Sunday, Sutherland was named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association 2017 Hall of Fame class, along with 10 others. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Downtown Lexington railroads, 1956

The view looking west down Lexington's Union Station Railroad yards in the winter of 1956. The photo was taken from on top of the Walnut Street (now Martin Luther King Blvd) viaduct. Union Station opened in 1907, and the last train left the station in 1957. The building was torn down in 1960. The tracks were removed in 1968 and Vine Street, which can be seen on the left side of the photo, were widened in their place.

This view looks west down Lexington’s Union Station railroad yards in winter 1956. The photo was taken from atop the Harrison Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard) viaduct. Union Station opened in 1907, and the last train left the station in 1957, and the station was torn down in 1960. The last passenger train at the Southern Railway station pulled out in 1970. The last L&N train left shortly after. The city’s last passenger train, the Chesapeake & Ohio’s George Washington, left Lexington on May 1, 1971. The tracks were removed shortly after, and Vine Street, which can be seen on the left side of the photo, was widened in their place. Click here to see more images of Union Station from our archives.

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Lexington dining guide, 1976

A dining and entertainment guide for Lexington, published in the Oct. 3, 1976 Herald-Leader. Some of the popular places were The Springs, Blue Boar, The Zebra Lounge and Roger's Restaurant. Dining establashments shown here that still exist today include Alfalfa's and Merrick Inn.

A dining and entertainment guide for Lexington, published in the Oct. 3, 1976, Herald-Leader. Some of the popular places were The Springs, Blue Boar, The Zebra Lounge and Roger’s Restaurant. Dining establishments shown here that exist today include Alfalfa’s and Merrick Inn. Click on the image for a closer look.

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UK football’s Fran Curci, Warren Bryant, 1976

University of Kentucky football coach Fran Curci looked on with his star, Warren Bryant as the Wildcats formally opened their spring practice, March 6, 1976. The offensive tackle became a cornerstone of Kentucky’s 1976 SEC co-championship team. But the Cats were not crowned co-champions until 1978 because Mississippi State was forced to forfeit all its games from 1976 because of an ineligible player. It is the most recent SEC football championship for UK. Bryant went on to be the sixth overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft by Atlanta. The 6-foot-6, 273-pound Florida native went on to play 164 games, starting 93, in the NFL. During Bryant’s time in Atlanta (he also played five games with the Raiders), the Falcons made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history (1978). Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

University of Kentucky football coach Fran Curci looked on with his star, Warren Bryant, as the Wildcats opened their spring practice on March 6, 1976. Bryant, an offensive tackle, became a cornerstone of Kentucky’s 1976 SEC co-championship team. But the Cats were not crowned co-champions until 1978, when Mississippi State was forced to forfeit all its games from 1976 because of an ineligible player. It is the most recent SEC football championship for UK. Bryant went on to be the sixth overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft by Atlanta. The 6-foot-6, 273-pound Florida native went on to play 164 games in the NFL, starting 93 of them. During Bryant’s time in Atlanta (he also played five games with the Raiders), the Falcons made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history (1978). Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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Henry Clay football team, 1946

Starting lineup of the 1946 Henry Clay Blue Devils football team. Left to right, front row, Gibson Downing, Ed Fox, Nick Kafoglis, Al Smith, Joe Papania, Bill Dunn, and Mickey Regan. Back row, left to right, Stokes Cleland, Guy Weeks, Bill Harding, and Jim Hibbard. The team would go on to win the Central Kentucky Conference championship, winning all five of their games in the 20-team league. The 2016 teams faces Bryan Station Friday, Oct. 21, looking to avoid going winless against city opponents. Published in the Lexington Herald September 20, 1946. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

The starting lineup of the 1946 Henry Clay Blue Devils football team. Front row, from left: Gibson Downing, Ed Fox, Nick Kafoglis, Al Smith, Joe Papania, Bill Dunn and Mickey Regan. Back row, from left: Stokes Cleland, Guy Weeks, Bill Harding and Jim Hibbard. The team would go on to win the Central Kentucky Conference championship, winning all five of their games in the 20-team league. The 2016 team faces Bryan Station on Friday, Oct. 21, looking to avoid going winless against city opponents. Published in the Lexington Herald on Sept. 20, 1946. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Vietnam War protest, 1970

About 100 University of Kentucky students joined the Lexington Peace Council for a silent demonstration April 15, 1970 in front of the Fayette County Courthouse to protest the Vietnam War. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

About 100 University of Kentucky students joined the Lexington Peace Council for a silent demonstration on April 15, 1970, in front of the Fayette County Courthouse to protest the Vietnam War. Click here to see other photos from our archives of Vietnam War protests in Lexington. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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UK students watch presidential debate, 1976

Students at the University of Kentucky watched the Presidential debate on television in the UK Student Center between President Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter on September 23, 1976. Most observers called the debate a draw. The relatively unknown former Governor of Georgia, the Democratic, prevailed over incumbent President Gerald Ford the Republican, in the general election. Tonight marks the third and final debate between former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. Photo by David Perry | Staff

University of Kentucky students watched the first of three debates between President Gerald Ford and former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter on Sept. 23, 1976, on television in the UK Student Center. Most observers called the debate a draw. It was the first presidential debate since 1960, when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts squared off. Two more presidential debates were held in 1976. Carter, the Democrat, who was relatively unknown, went on to defeat Ford in the 1976 general election. Wednesday night marks the third and final debate between former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. Click on the image for an enlarged view. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Humana building construction, 1983

Construction of Humana's headquarters in downtown Louisville, Nov. 17, 1983. The 27-story skyscraper opened in June 1985, boasting 588,400-square-feet of space. The $60 million building is double-tiered, with floors eight through 27 set back 60 feet from the northern edge of the loggia. The 24th-floor roof garden overlooking Main Street offers a stunning view of the Ohio River. Photo by Christy Porter | staff

Construction of Humana’s headquarters in downtown Louisville, Nov. 17, 1983. The 27-story skyscraper opened in June 1985, boasting 588,400 square feet of space. The $60 million building is double-tiered, with floors eight through 27 set back 60 feet from the northern edge of the loggia. The 24th-floor roof garden overlooking Main Street offers a stunning view of the Ohio River. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

The north and east facades of the Humana building are dominated by columns, 7 feet square, forming a public loggia on Main Street and a shopping arcade along Fifth Street, which opens into the lobby and mezzanine. The seven-story entrance loggia surrounds a 50-foot fountain and is topped by a 1,200-square-foot triangular skylight. The columns are sheathed in 2-inch-thick granite slabs from Finland, with pink the dominant color. Photo by Christy Porter | staff taken Nov. 17, 1985

The north and east facades of the Humana building are dominated by columns, 7 feet square, forming a public loggia on Main Street and a shopping arcade along Fifth Street, which opens into the lobby and mezzanine. The seven-story entrance loggia surrounds a 50-foot fountain and is topped by a 1,200-square-foot triangular skylight. The columns are sheathed in 2-inch-thick granite slabs from Finland, with pink the dominant color. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

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Lawrence Welk, first concert in Rupp Arena, 1976

The first concert in Rupp Arena featured Lawrence Welk and his orchestra and was attended by Adolph Rupp, the legendary basketball coach and his family. Welk, then 73, had been friends with Rupp for many years and told the crowd that Rupp had promised him a chance to play at the opening of his new home. He thanked the former coach and gave him a baton as a memento. About 20,000 fans attended the afternoon show on Sunday October 17, 1976.

The first concert in Rupp Arena featured Lawrence Welk and his orchestra and was attended by about 20,000 fans on Oct. 17, 1976, a Sunday afternoon. Adolph Rupp, the legendary basketball coach, and his family were in attendance. Welk, then 73, had been friends with Rupp for many years. Click on the photos above and below for an enlarged view. Click here to see a gallery of images celebrating Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary.

 

The first concert in Rupp Arena featured Lawrence Welk and his orchestra and was attended by Adolph Rupp, the legendary basketball coach and his family. Welk, then 73, had been friends with Rupp for many years and told the crowd that Rupp had promised him a chance to play at the opening of his new home. He thanked the former coach and gave him a baton as a memento. About 20,000 fans attended the afternoon show on Sunday October 17, 1976.

Lawrence Welk led his orchestra at Rupp Arena on Oc. 17, 1976.  Welk, told the crowd that former Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp had promised him a chance to play at the opening of his new home. He thanked Rupp and gave him a baton as a memento.

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