Museum Musings

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By The Staff

* Cynthiana News, Oct. 6, 1870 - “The Soap Factory of Schumaker and Berry, in this city, was entirely destroyed by fire last Sunday night, about 7 o’clock. Loss about $500 partly insured.”

* Cynthiana Democrat, Jan. 6, 1927 - “The Old Grandstand at Abdallah Park Goes Up in Flames - The old Grandstand at Abdallab Park, just outside the limits of Cynthiana, near the pumping station on South Licking River, was destroyed by fire at about 11 o’clock Monday night Jan. 3. The park was in the possession of Clarence LeBus. Its use as a trotting track and fair grounds had been discontinued and the grandstand had been boarded up, remodeled and converted into one of the largest barns in Kentucky. It was a very conspicuous object from the L&N trains passing nearby, and many an old timer recalled the days of its glory when the flower of the trotting horse world engaged in speed contests over its fine mile track. The standard track and stables were constructed during the days of the late W. H. Wilson, one of Kentucky’s early and most enthusiastic horsemen. It was on this famous track that years ago, Maud S. was a star attraction in a mile trial against her record. Other great horses of that day, and later, performed at Abdallah Park, and it was numbered among the great ovals of the country. It was later owned for many years by Benjamin Hay of Cincinnati. County fairs were held at the Park, the Elks, Workmen and others sponsoring the exhibitions. Few sports spots were better known than Abdallah Park. But the track had been plowed up, the infield has been devoted to tobacco, the Cynthiana Live Stock Sales Co. had its shed in the field, a spur from the L&N railroad cuts across the infield, and the Park would not be able to recognize itself if its spirit returned.”

* Log Cabin, Aug. 4, 1900 -”While Misses Christine Cromwell and Christine Rieckel were driving J. W. Cromwell’s sorrel horse in the ring for family horses at the fair (Abdallah Park) yesterday afternoon, that animal was hightened by running over a sign board on the track and ran away to the horror of the spectators. Cromwell attempted to keep the horse in the track but was unable to do so and was carried towards town at a terrific speed. The trap struck an obstruction near the entrance and both young ladies were thrown into a large pool of water and mud about six inches deep. This broke the fall and both escaped injuries except Rieckel suffered a severe nervous shock.”

* 1930 - “Shaving Brushes - You’ll Soon See ‘Em - On The Shelf - In Some Museum - Burma Shave”

Note the year on this Burma Shave slogan. Come to your Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum to see ‘em. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. We especially welcome Harrison County High School Alumni and PowWow visitors this weekend.