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Owensboro, Kentucky, USA

Owensboro, Daviess, KY

The first European descendant to settle in Owensboro was frontiersman William Smeathers or Smothers in 1797, for whom the riverfront park is named. The settlement was originally known as "Yellow Banks" from the color of the land beside the Ohio River. The Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at what is today's Owensboro prior to departing on their famous travels. In 1817, Yellow Banks was formally established under the name Owensborough, named after Col. Abraham Owen. In 1893, the spelling of the name was shortened to its current Owensboro.

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  • 1854 - Owenborough
    Owenborough, a thriving post-village, capital of Daviess county, Kentucky, is situated on the Ohio river, 155 miles below Louisville. The navigation...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Owensborough
    Owensborough, o'enz-btir-rüh, a city, the capital of Daviess co., Ky., is situated on the Ohio River, and on the Owensborough & Nashville Railroad,...Read MORE...


  • 1906
    Owensboro, a city, capital of Daviess co., Ky., is situated on the Ohio River and on the Louisville and Nashville and other railroads, 40 miles SE....Read MORE...


  • Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
    Radio Station W O M I, Owensboro, Kentucky
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  • Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
    St. Stephens Cathedral
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  • 1936 - August 14 - Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

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  • News 1938 - Distillery Burns, Loss Is $2,250,000
    OWENSBORO, Ky., Nov. 12 (AP)—A wild fire raged out of control Saturday night at the Glenmore Distillery, one of the largest in the...Read MORE...


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    W. Second Street (Main Street)
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  • 1854 - Owenborough
    Owenborough, a thriving post-village, capital of Daviess county, Kentucky, is situated on the Ohio river, 155 miles below Louisville. The navigation... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Owensborough
    Owensborough, o'enz-btir-rüh, a city, the capital of Daviess co., Ky., is situated on the Ohio River, and on the Owensborough & Nashville Railroad,... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Owensboro, a city, capital of Daviess co., Ky., is situated on the Ohio River and on the Louisville and Nashville and other railroads, 40 miles SE.... Read MORE...

  • 1936 - August 14 - Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.

    historyorb.com
  • News  1938 - Distillery Burns, Loss Is $2,250,000
    OWENSBORO, Ky., Nov. 12 (AP)—A wild fire raged out of control Saturday night at the Glenmore Distillery, one of the largest in the... Read MORE...

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