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Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

St. Joseph's Historic District

 
 
St. Joseph's Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
1. St. Joseph's Historic District Marker
Inscription.
Railroad Workers' Neighborhood
Much of downtown Bowling Green west of Louisville & Nashville tracks owes its development to the railroad and to nearby industries. Most railroad workers stayed in downtown hotels prior to the mid-1880s when smaller and cheaper fame housing became available around St. Joseph Catholic Church. The houses they built in this neighborhood were typical of the popular styles of the period.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Many of the immigrant workers who lived in this area were Catholic. Although they cherished new opportunities, they clung to the traditions of the church. Reverend Joseph De Vries was sent to shepherd the Bowling Green mission in 1858. The congregation built a frame church which was replaced in 1862 by a larger masonry structure designed by Frank L. Kister, St. The church building was expanded in the late 1880's. Patterned after the cathedral at Cologne, Germany. St. Joseph's new church was dedicated in 1889. The St. Joseph Catholic School opened at this location in 1911 to provide education and religious training for children of parishioners.

The Portage Railroad Spurs Early Industries
The L&N offered Bowling Green important access to the country just prior to the Civil War, but the St. Joseph neighborhood had been exposed to rail service since 1837.

St. Joseph's Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
2. St. Joseph's Historic District
A year earlier, the Bowling Green Portage Railway had been chartered by several Bowling Green businessmen. The Railway, which chiefly hauled freight, ran for one and one-half miles from the city wharf on the Barren River to downtown Bowling Green. When the L&N was completed in 1859, the railroad purchased this spur line. A number of important Bowling Green industries located along this early railway including a rock quarry, stone finishing plant, flour mill, a woolen mill, a planing mill, and a tool handle and furniture factory.
 
Erected by Bowling Green Historic Preservation Board and Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Location. 37° 0.086′ N, 86° 26.829′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on Church Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 434 Church Avenue, Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot (approx. half a mile away); Ernest Hogan (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Civil War Defense Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); Warren County / Portage Railroad (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bowling Green The Confederate Capitol of Kentucky
St. Joseph's Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
3. St. Joseph's Historic District Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Warren County's Chief USA Civil War Officers / Warren County Awards (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Nahm Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Occupations (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Railroads & Streetcars
 
St. Joseph's Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
4. St. Joseph's Historic District
The Turner, Day Woolworth Axehandle Factory, above was just one of the industries employing neighborhood residents in the late 1800s. Before the advent of supermarkets, residents relied on neighborhood grocery stores for fresh meats, produce, canned goods and staples.
Many of the railroad workers were immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
5. Many of the railroad workers were immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany
All photographs courtesy of the Kentucky Library and Museum WKU
St. Joseph's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 24, 2011
6. St. Joseph's Catholic Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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