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    Kentucky Room Digital Photo Collection

    By Savannah Warren

    Do you remember what the top floor of Gabe’s Tower looked like back in its heyday? How about what downtown Owensboro looked like before all the beautiful buildings were replaced? How about the year the Ohio River froze solid and people walked across it? No? Well, even though I wasn’t alive for any of these things, I remember and I can show you.

    For the past year, I’ve been scanning all of the Kentucky room’s incredible historic photographs and creating a website on which to share these files. So far I’ve scanned about 800 photos and I still have a few hundred more to go. That’s not counting the multiple boxes of photos my coworkers in the Ky Room are still going through and organizing. I expect, when we’re done, we will have over 2,000 digital photographs.

    Even though we’re only a fraction of the way through our extensive collections, we decided to give patrons access to these materials, because they are just too good to keep to ourselves. Our collections include many photographs of downtown Owensboro throughout the years as well as photos of big weather events like the 1937 flood and the year the Ohio froze over (1918.) We also have collections from past local photographers Charles Manion and Hubert McFarland, whose materials both include images of local buildings like Gabe’s Tower.

    I have enjoyed researching these photos and discovering new facts about my hometown in the process. Everyone else will surely enjoy looking through and rediscovering Owensboro as well. The website is up and running with new materials added every week. So stop by frequently and explore our photos and let us know what you think!

    Here is the link: http://dcpl.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/

     
     
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