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Louisville, Kentucky in 1850

Courtesy of the University of Louisville Photographic Archives

This is probably one of the first photographs taken in Louisville. It was found in the cornerstone of the Old Masonic Temple and shows North side of Main Street, form 3rd Street, about 1850 with two-horse tandem drays then used for hauling hogsheads of tobacco, etc. In the foreground is shown the omnibus driven from Louisville by Jim Porter, the famous Kentucky giant.

Simon Flexner, born in 1863 in Louisviell, was the fourth child of Morris Flexner, member of an educated Jewish family in Czechoslovakia, who immigrated to Kentucky.


Louisville, Kentucky, Simon Flexner, JEM, exhibit, library


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