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Gratz in Owen County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Gratz, A Kentucky River Town

Gratz, A Kentucky River Town Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, August 31, 2022
1. Gratz, A Kentucky River Town Marker
Inscription.  For over 70 years, Gratz was a busy port town and the Kentucky River was its i highway, Between 1848 and 1930, steamboats and packets plied the river, docking at Clay's Lick Landing just north of town. Steamboats carried passengers to and from Louisville and Cincinnati. Farmers shipped livestock and produce from the landing, Packets carried the mail. Showboats brought entertainment.

The buisness district burned with activity. In 1883, the Planter's Hotel adevetilir Clan Accommodation for the Troviding Public; Sample Rooms Salomon Good Scable in connection: Marocked with the Best Liquors." Townsfolk and farmers could buy everything the needed in Gratz.

Local firms offered groceries, perfumery fancy and toilet articles, books and stationary, lamps and chimneys, grass and garden seed, wagons and farm equipment paints and varnishes and patent medicines. Other businesses offered custom milling of farmers' grain, compounded medicines for physicians prescriptions and provide blacksmithing and coal delivery.

During the steamboat era, Grat grew and prospered. However, much of town's commence depended
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on the Kentucky River. In the early 20th century, trucks and automobiles began replacing steamboats. By 1930, river trade had all but all bot disappeared.

The construction of the Highway 22/Grate Bridge in 1931 connected Grate to the state's expanding highway system. This shift in trade and transportation drastically changed life in the community Despite a decrease in sine, Grata continues to take pride in its history as a river town.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
Location. 38° 28.417′ N, 84° 57.233′ W. Marker is in Gratz, Kentucky, in Owen County. Marker is on Harlin Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41-47 Harlin St, Owenton KY 40359, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Gratz Bridge (here, next to this marker); Earl New Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monterey (approx. 5.7 miles away); Drennon Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away); Gen. Washington's Guard (approx. 6 miles away); Captain Samuel Sanders (approx. 6 miles away); Vice Admiral William A. “Mose” Lee Jr.
Gratz, A Kentucky River Town Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, August 31, 2022
2. Gratz, A Kentucky River Town Marker
(approx. 7.7 miles away); Harry Clark Karsner (1914-1971) / Karsner Air Field (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gratz.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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