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Ludlow in Kenton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Ludlow Blooms

— Ludlow Station —

Ludlow Blooms Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2021
1. Ludlow Blooms Marker
Inscription.  (By Dave Schroeder.) The construction of the railroad and the addition of extensive repair shops and a roundhouse brought many other industries to Ludlow. These new establishments needed workers and, as a result, Ludlow’s population boomed. In 1870 Ludlow’s population stood at 817. By 1890, the population of the little city had increased to 2469. Many of these newcomers were German and Irish immigrants who found work in the railroad shops and other related industries. These newly arrived immigrants changed the nature of the area from a more rural community to a bustling working-class city. New arrivals also resulted in the establishment of St. Boniface Catholic Church (German) and St. James Catholic Church (Irish) in 1886. Population increases also resulted in the expansion of the public and parochial schools in the city, with several new buildings being completed to house the growing number of pupils.

Businesses also flourished during this era. In 1894, Highway Avenue was constructed between Covington and Ludlow. This project also brought about the construction of a streetcar line to Ludlow. As a result, many new businesses were
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opened along Elm, which had replaced Ash Street as the city's main corridor.
Erected 2018. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 39° 5.659′ N, 84° 32.626′ W. Marker is in Ludlow, Kentucky, in Kenton County. Marker is on Elm Street (Kentucky Route 8) east of Locust Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 Elm St, Covington KY 41016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Development of the Railroad in Ludlow (here, next to this marker); The 1894 Strike (within shouting distance of this marker); The Decline (within shouting distance of this marker); Elmwood Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Somerset Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Price Hill Incline (approx. one mile away in Ohio); Cincinnati Union Terminal (approx. 1.1 miles away in Ohio); Site of Home Field of First Pro Baseball Team (approx. 1.2 miles away in Ohio). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludlow.
More about this marker. Four interpretive panels have been mounted on the railings of the Ludlow Viewing Platform for railroad fans, a covered elevated platform that includes an elevator from the parking area to the platform. The platform is at the level of the tracks just south of the Ohio River railroad bridge. The platform shares the parking lot with the Ludlow Police station and the Ludlow Historic Society Heritage Museum. Parking is free and it appears that the lighted platform is open 24 hours a day.
Ludlow Blooms Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 22, 2021
2. Ludlow Blooms Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Sep. 28, 2023