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Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Franklin County Hemp / Hemp in Kentucky

 
 
Side A - - Franklin County Hemp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
1. Side A - - Franklin County Hemp Marker
(Click any photo to see details...)
Inscription.
Side A
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.

Side B
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.
Side B - - Franklin County Hemp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
2. Side B - - Franklin County Hemp Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glen Willis (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Buffalo Trace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leestown (approx. 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 & ForestryIndustry & CommerceNotable EventsNotable PlacesWar, World II
 
Long View Side A - - Franklin County Hemp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
3. Long View Side A - - Franklin County Hemp Marker
Long View Side B - - Franklin County Hemp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
4. Long View Side B - - Franklin County Hemp Marker
The Original 1878 - " Kentucky River Mills Company " Hemp Facility image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
5. The Original 1878 - " Kentucky River Mills Company " Hemp Facility
The " Kentucky River Mills Company " was located at the dam a short walk to the North from the Historic Marker. It sat about where "Jim's Restaurant" is now located.
Mill Dam located on Kentucky River image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
6. Mill Dam located on Kentucky River
Water from the Mill Dam was used by a water Trubine to power the Mill in its early days of production.
The Upper Part - - of the Old Water Turbine at the Mill... image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
7. The Upper Part - - of the Old Water Turbine at the Mill...
"Diagram"  of the Water Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
8. "Diagram" of the Water Turbine
Hemp Softening Machine image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
9. Hemp Softening Machine
This machine is located at the "Woodford Spears and Sons" mill and is similar to the ones used at the "Kentucky River Mills Company".
Hemp Carding Machine image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
10. Hemp Carding Machine
This machine is located at the "Woodford Spears and Sons" mill and is similar to the ones used at the "Kentucky River Mills Company".
Another Machine image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
11. Another Machine
This machine is located at the "Woodford Spears and Sons" mill and is similar to the ones used at the "Kentucky River Mills Company". ((These machines are circa 1912 imported from Belfast, Ireland.))
Display # 1 - - Items about the Hemp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, Unknown
12. Display # 1 - - Items about the Hemp Mill
These display boards are located in " Jim's Restaurant " which is now sitting on the Mill Site...
Display # 2 - - Items about the Hemp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
13. Display # 2 - - Items about the Hemp Mill
Display # 3 - - Items about the Hemp Mill image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, circa Unknown
14. Display # 3 - - Items about the Hemp Mill
Last of the Timbers from the River Dock .... image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
15. Last of the Timbers from the River Dock ....
The Kencucky River Dock was used to transport products in and out. Its location is just behind "Jim's Restaurant" - which is a short walk North from the Historic Marker.
 
 
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