Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Franklin County Hemp / Hemp in Kentucky
Kentucky River Mills began making hemp yarns for backs of Brussels carpets in 1878, and started producing binder twine in 1879. Finest quality imported machinery used. Employed 125 persons year round. In 1941, received contract from Navy for $148,500 worth of marine oakum. This was the last hemp factory to operate in Ky., closing down in 1952. See over.
First crop grown, 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Ky.'s production largest in U.S. Peak in 1850 was 40,000 tons, with value of $5,000,000. Scores of factories made twine, rope, gunny sacks, bags for cotton picking and marketing. State's largest cash crop until 1915. Market lost to imported jute, freed of tariff. As war measure, hemp grown again during World War II. See over.
Erected by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1164.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 12.654′ N, 84° 52.237′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is on U.S. 127 south of Frazer Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Glen Willis (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Buffalo Trace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leestown (approx. ¼ mile away); Buffalo Trace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buffalo Trace Distillery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buffalo Trace Distillery - - Warehouse C (approx. 0.4 miles away); Locks and Dams (approx. half a mile away); Dry Stone Masonry in Kentucky (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Woodford County Hemp
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce • Notable Events • Notable Places • War, World II •
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