“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Louisville Board of Trade

Historic Site


— Bourbon District - 301 West —

Louisville Board of Trade Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 26, 2021
1. Louisville Board of Trade Marker (front)
Inscription.  The Louisville Board of Trade, the forerunner to a modern chamber of commerce, was founded in 1862 for members' "mutual protection" and to promote "transportation of commodities." By 1890 the Board had over 40 members associated with the bourbon industry - distillers, wholesalers, coopers, and still makers.

The Board was also instrumental in organizing the Southern Exposition, held annually from 1883 to 1887, showcasing Louisville's "Art, Industry, and Agriculture." This was the first public, commercial exposition to be lighted by Thomas Edison's new incandescent electric light bulb, using 4,600 bulbs.

In 1879, the Board purchased the Lithgow Building at the corner of Third and Main Streets and later added an expansive Merchants Exchange Hall to the second floor. The Lithgow Building was demolished in 1975 to allow for the widening of Third Street.

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Southern Exposition medallion, c. 1886
Lithgow Building

Wine and Spirit Bulletin Offices

Bourbon District - 302 West

The Wine and Spirit
Louisville Board of Trade Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 26, 2021
2. Louisville Board of Trade Marker (reverse)
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was the liquor industry's Wall Street Journal, detailing the production amounts, exports, and other trade facts and figures.
The industry used The Bulletin as a valuable source of information on the Bottled-in-Bond Act, the Prohibition movement (which ultimately lead to the publication's extinction), and for statistics on the American and European liquor industries.

Published in Louisville from 1886 to 1918 under the editorship of George R. Washburne, it also had offices in New York, London, Paris, and Portugal. Washburne also published the consumer guide to wine and spirits, Beverages de Luxe, in 1914.

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The Wine and Spirit Bulletin, c. 1901
Beverages de Luxe 1914
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 15.395′ N, 85° 45.312′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of W Main Street (U.S. 31W) and N 3rd St, on the right when traveling west on W Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 W Main Street, Louisville OH 44641, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bank of Louisville (within shouting distance of this marker); Coon Hollow Distillery Offices (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kentucky Distillers' Association
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(about 300 feet away); Bourbon District (about 400 feet away); Evan Williams (about 500 feet away); Thelma French Schneider (about 500 feet away); The Discovery of the Ohio River (about 500 feet away); Clarke & Loomis Architects / Levy Brothers Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 5, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 28, 2021