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The just-released Knox Countian features Boone Trace in Knox County

boone-trace-thru-knox-2aThe new issue of the museum's quarterly magazine, The Knox Countian, features the Boone Trace in Knox County and how the Knox Museum staff is involved, including putting up signage along the route.

The issue also features Part 2 of "General Tye King: Soldier and Educator." The late Syd Robbins is also featured, along with the newest additions to the Museum's website and a new genealogy column. Also included is the Index to Volume 22 (2010).

The issue is released to all members of the museum. It is also available for sale to non-members at the museum and via PayPal on the new website (

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Recruitment booklet for the Southeast Kentucky Baptist School (later known as B.B.I.)

Most local historians have heard of the old Barbourville Baptist Institute (B.B.I.) which was located where the Knox County Middle School campus is now located in Barbourville, Kentucky.

What they might not know is that the school was originally called "The Southeast Kentucky Baptist School" when it was established in 1899 by a group of Barbourville citizens consisting of leaders of the Cumberland River Baptist Church and the North Concord Baptist Association.


Knox County Political Candidates Card Collection Donated by Denver Bright

Denver Bright recently donated a political card collection that spans several decades of candidates running for office in Knox County, Kentucky.
The collection includes 109 political cards that can be accessed via the link below and also in our Photo Collection and Online Galleries section of our website.


The 1984 Application to include Barbourville in the National Register of Historic Places

     In 1984, an application was submitted to include the downtown area of Barbourville, Kentucky, in the National Register of Historic Places.
     The name of the historic district was to be the "Barbourville Commercial District," which was to comprise approximately six acres including and adjacent to the city's Court Square.


Pan Am service stations in Knox County - 1954

pan-am-station-on-old-pineville-road-jerry-brooks-and-sam-cole-7    On April 23, 2014, museum member David Cole presented us with a photo album made in 1954 to commemorate the opening of two Pan Am service stations in Knox County.
     Mr. Cole said the album of 10 photos was recently given to him by Shirley "Buck" Treadway, whose father was contractor on the project. These photos are featured in our photo gallery section.


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I did not realize you had a website until I received the current issue of the Knox Countian. Susan Arthur was my aunt.

Just wanted to let you know that I found a list of postmasters on line that included my ancestor Ambrose Arthur, who served as postmaster at Flat Lick between 1848-52. List is at
This list includes all postmasters from Knox County.
Mike Arthur
Michael Arthur
I would love to see the resurrection of the Christmas Party that was so enjoyable. My mom, Janice Potter Trent, was very active during that time. I truly miss the mingling, the great food we all prepared, and the stories told. Please consider doing this again. Thanks!
Penny Trent-Norman
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