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Knox Historical Museum publishes double issue featuring Knox Central High School

The Knox Historical Museum recently published a special double issue focusing on Knox Central High School from its establishment in 1935 to the present.

Much of the 40-page double issue celebrates an outstanding year in athletics at Knox Central High School by placing in historical perspective the school’s regional championship and trip to the state tournament in the current issue of its magazine, “The Knox Countian.” This double issue features photos and stories about the five KCHS basketball teams that won regional championship games from 1937 to this year’s game at Rupp Arena.

Read more: Knox Historical Museum publishes double issue featuring Knox Central High School

What the Cannon train depot probably looked like. . .

Local historian Jakalyn Jackson recently provided important information about the old train depot at Cannon, including a painting of the re-imaged depot.

The lack of any known photographs of the Cannon depot prompted Ms. Jackson way back in the 1990's to interview several people in Cannon who described the appearance of the depot. These included Dorothy Mills, Reed Jackson and Mattie Jackson Marion, all of Cannon.

Read more: What the Cannon train depot probably looked like. . .

Fall and Winter Issues of Knox Countian magazine now available at museum

The fall and winter issues of the Knox Historical Museum's quarterly magazine, The Knox Countian, are now available for purchase at the Museum itself in Barbourville or via the online museum store. The cost per magazine at the museum is $3 while the cost via the website is $3 plus 6 percent sales tax and a $1.25 shipping fee.

The following lists the major content of the two issues.

Read more: Fall and Winter Issues of Knox Countian magazine now available at museum

Flood of 1977 photos published by Barbourville Utility Co.

The Barbourville Utility Company is providing 1977 flood photos and current river levels at the following web address: See Flood Wall and River Level link at bottom of website page.

The city's floodwall was raised approximately 10 feet following the devastating 1977 flood. Torrential rain fell from April 2-5 that year, causing devastating floods across southeast Kentucky that killed 10 people.

Read more: Flood of 1977 photos published by Barbourville Utility Co.

Donation to Museum of items about Frances Jones Mills

Items pertaining to Frances Jones Mills, a native of Gray in Knox County, Kentucky, were donated to the Knox Historical Museum on December 11, 2017.

Mrs. Mills was a state official in Kentucky for a large portion of the 1970s and 1980s. According to Wikipedia, "she was the first woman and first Democrat in the 20th century to win the office of State Representative for the Knox County, Kentucky district. She was also the first woman to serve three (non-successive) terms as Kentucky State Treasurer."

Read more: Donation to Museum of items about Frances Jones Mills

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