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KHM receives list of WWII vets in the Brush Creek area

A large framed "honor roll" listing 50 World War II veterans in the Brush Creek area, all of whom reportedly are deceased, was donated to the Knox Historical Museum in late January 2015. Click link below to view the list.

Click to view Brush Creek World War II Honor Roll


Knox Museum staff updates research on Boone Trace in the Bimble community

Callihan Loop entrance to section of the old Boone Trace and Wildnerness Road looking toward the gap in Rasnick Hill through which the old Trace passed.Above: Callihan Loop entrance to section of the old Boone Trace and Wilderness Road looking toward the Gap in Rasnick Hil through which the old Trace passed.


The KHM's History Center is continuing its research locating the old Boone Trace through present Knox County and documenting its location through deed research.

The latest area being researched is in the Bimble community, where the Trace enters south Bimble after leaving Turkey Creek along the old Dixie Highway road bed, later known as the old U.S. 25E. The old Trace, which was later the old Wilderness Road, can be entered at Parkway Salvage yard on State Route 3439, and by car can be driven to within about one mile of the intersection of old 25E and Route 1304.


KHM releases photos of Lynn Camp Creek flooding of Corbin area in 1957

These photos, courtesy of the Corbin Times-Tribune, show the impact of the flooding of Lynn Camp Creek on Corbin in 1957.

1957 flooding of Lynn Camp Creek


Museum adds photo showcases of '79 Boone Festival and Knox church folk

1979 Daniel Boone Festival Photos

Knox County, Kentucky church folk



Knox County's political leaders in 1965





The political leadership of Knox County in 1965 posed together for a photo at the courthouse. Seated, left to right, are John Dixon, County Attorney; Lester Broughton, Jailer; and Floyd Sowders, Circuit Court Clerk. Standing from left are J.E. McDonald, County Judge; W.B. Frazier, Sheriff; and Clyde Williams, County Clerk.






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What Our Patrons Have to Say...

Hello, I was wondering if it would be possible to purchase Volume 3 -1991, all of the articles from that section. If so, how much and how do I complete it? Thanking you in advance.
Brenda S. Bain
Great website! I, too, was unaware of the KNOX HISTORICAL MUSEUM WEBSITE. Most of my ancestors lived in Knox County, Ky at one time. I am interested in the Arthur/Bond family ancestry. I hit a brick wall approx 15 years ago, researching my Bond family.
Catherine Flores
I live at least 3 hours away, but woud live to make the trip if I knew that the information you have is on my West family. would it be possible for someone to send me some names? thank you so much. Linda Gibson
Linda Gibson
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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