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

422 1/2 Main Street

Nahm Building - Tailor Shop

 
 
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By Shane Oliver, April 24, 2021
1. 422 1/2 Main Street Marker
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This red brick building located behind the Nahm building was constructed between 1895 and 1901 for a tailor shop. In the 1930s, records indicate that the building was used for general storage. Uses since then include restaurants and most recently, a chocolate shop. Originally a separate building, by 1951 it was connected to the Nahm building by a small breezeway and then in the 1980s, the breezeway was enclosed. In addition to the brick accessory building, a second frame structure was located along the rear property line with the address listed as 422 1/2 Main Street. Early maps show this as a one story building that functioned as a warehouse for the E. Nahm & Company business. The frame building was demolished between 1909 and 1932.

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It is believed that a previous building on or near this site included a board and batten shanty used as an office and hat shop by a man named Isaac Newton. The following story, stemming from reminiscences of Dr. John E. Younglove around 1844, was reprinted in the local newspaper almost 100 years later in 1935: “Where the Postal Telegraph office now is was the
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By Shane Oliver, April 24, 2021
2. 422 1/2 Main Street Marker
Marker is located in this alley way, underneath the “Pizza” sign.
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then famous hat shop of Isaac Newton. Mr. Newton bought the fur and made the hats himself. An amusing incident is told in connection with the hat business. One day a man entered the house and bought a hat agreeing to "pay for it in fur". He took the hat and left and Mr. Newton did not hear from him for a year when he got a letter from him in Missouri, which was then on the frontier. The letter said: "Dear Sir, - some time ago I bought a hat from you and agreed to pay for it in fur. If this is not fur enough, I’ll go further." The old man was hopping mad but got even afterwards by having the fellow arrested when he came back to town. Remembered as a mayor of Bowling Green, Mr. Newton served as a "trustee" for the city between the years of 1823 and 1839.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
 
Location. 36° 59.629′ N, 86° 26.442′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is on East Main Street just east of College Street, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located in an alleyway, near a door on the side wall of the Nahm Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 422-1/2 E Main Ave, Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
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this marker. Fountain Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Princess Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nahm Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Morris Jewelry (within shouting distance of this marker); Getty Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Barr Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Occupations (about 400 feet away); Ackerman Building (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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