Henderson in Henderson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Good Government League
Location. 37° 50.474′ N, 87° 35.646′ W. Marker is in Henderson, Kentucky, in Henderson County. Marker can be reached from North Water Street north of 1st Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located along the pedestrian walkway in Audubon Mill Park, overlooking the Ohio River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North Water Street, Henderson KY 42420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Audubon's Mill (here, next to this marker); Steamboats (a few steps from this marker); The Ohio River (a few steps from this marker); General "Stovepipe" Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1937 Flood (within shouting distance of this marker); John James Audubon in Henderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Audubon Saw and Grist Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Father of the Blues (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henderson.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts.
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1. "Little Chicago" - For a decade, this area was a nightlife capital. With Union County's sprawling Camp Breckinridge home to thousands of soldiers and the city of Evansville nearby, Henderson was a diamond mine for entertainment entrepreneurs. GIs came north looking for fun, Hoosiers came south with plenty of money to spend and Henderson businessmen welcomed them all. The most stylish, the most remembered, the jewel along Henderson's "Great White Way," was the Club Trocadero. The "Troc" was located on the west side of 41 just past the bridge, in the "no man's land" that was north of the Ohio River but still under the jurisdiction of Kentucky authorities. Before the crusade was over, the federal government had played its hand in shutting down Henderson's "game rooms." The Internal Revenue Service started asking (Submitted on August 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. History Lesson: Club Trocadero. Located on the north side of the Ohio River but still part of the state of Kentucky, a small strip of land in the 1940's became famous for its active nightlife. Gambling and other vices were extremely common as law enforcement with jurisdiction in the area would largely look the other way. It was during this decade that Henderson gained the nickname "Little Chicago." The nightclub featured a ballroom, bar and a restaurant on the first floor that served only couples and enforced a strict dress code. The club also featured touring jazz and big band musicians, drawing in Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway in its heyday. Lastly, a large, yet illegal casino operated out of the second floor with numerous slot machines and gaming tables. (Submitted on August 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 4. submitted on August 16, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.