Historic Hanson, Kentucky

Historic Hanson, Kentucky, is often referred to as the Antiques and Art Center Of Western KY. The town has the true distinction of being the smallest historic district in Kentucky and has a thriving and recognized arts & antiques business community.

What Hanson town lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm. The town’s recent upgrading and rehabilitation of the downtown area has resulted in that its sidewalks are again welcoming visitors and shoppers to the town’s charming downtown stores, cafes, and restaurants.

Hanson boasts architecture that dates back to the late1870s-early 1890s and what you can see from the outside is at least as fantastic and impressive as the magnificent shops and boutiques that are housed inside the town’s architectural treasures. Hanson, Kentucky, has a lot to offer for everyone, from antiques and art shops to the finest B-B-Q restaurants.

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Hanson Village Annual Arts Festival

Around the end of the 19th century, the town of Hanson, Kentucky was actually a very popular stop along the railroad stop for tourists and traders. Well, today, the beautiful historic downtown area of Hanson is a true gathering place for folks that are passionate about antiques and arts.

Hanson’s Village Arts Festival is an annual event that’s the first festival of the year that’s taking place in March. Throughout the year, several festivals draw huge crowds to the city’s most charming historic business district. This year’s Village Arts Festival took place in March so if you want to see what it’s all about, check out Hanson next year and you’ll be surprised at what’s on display and for sale. With a wide variety of activities, this annual festival is offering something to please everyone.

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History of Hanson, Kentucky

Hanson is a small historic city located in the northern portions of Hopkins County, Kentucky. U.S. 41 (here named Hanson Road) is passing right through Hanson’s center and I-69 passes through the city’s eastern portions. You can access Hanson from Exit 120.

The county seat of Hopkins County, Madisonville, is located some 6 miles to the south and the city of Henderson, located on the Indiana-Kentucky state line, is just over 30 miles to the north.

The city of Hanson was established in 1869 on a 50-acre vast area of land that was donated by Reverend Roland Gooch and Judge Robert Eastwood to be developed by the Henderson & Nashville Railroad, today known as the Seaboard Railroad.

Hanson is named for Henry B. Hanson, a railway surveyor and civil engineer who was working for the railroad. He plotted and developed the town. and in December of 1869, the city received a post office to be incorporated at the end of March 1873 by the state assembly.

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Teresa Anthony’s restoration of Historic Hanson

Hanson? Just Like When I Was a Kid….Except the Toilets are Indoors Now.

When her hometown threatened to condemn 8 historic buildings (dating from 1879-1895), Teresa Anthony purchased all of them. Over the following years, she restored and rented out all of them. Here’s her remarkable story.

Q: Could you give us some sense of growing up in Hanson, KY? Is there a major city within an easy drive?
Hanson was a great place to grow up. Even though it’s a rural area it was still close enough to town to get what you needed. When I was a kid the downtown had a wonderful old general store (Parish’s) and the Hanson Grill. The other old buildings were antique shops and an electronics repair shop.

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Year-round Activities in Hopkins County

When you’ll be visiting Hopkins County in Kentucky, here is a to-do list that you use to have the time of your life. We’ve compiled the top 20 things to do this year in Hopkins County. When you are looking to enjoy some great new adventures, yummy food, or fun events in 2019, check out these year-round activities in Hopkins County.

The following video gives you an impression of the Friday Night Live Concert Series in Madisonville as XG The Xtraordinary Gentlemen (with Alonzo Pennington) performed at Madisonville’ Friday Night Live (June 14, 2019).

  • Stop by the Historic Downtown area of the village of Hanson. Here you can browse unique shops and antiques outlets and enjoy some amazing food at one of Hanson’s restaurants housed in the town’s charming historic buildings that date back to the late 1890s – early 1900s.
  • Check out The Ledge VR. This is a state-of-the-art virtual gaming center located in downtown Madisonville. Here, you can immerse yourself in virtual experiences like phenomenal globetrotting or get busy with an action-packed virtual game. You can make your reservation online and check out game titles that are available.

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Historic Mount Dora

The Legacy of Dora Ann

In 1843, on March 28, James A. Drawdy and Dora Ann Fletcher were married in Georgia’s Irwin County. Unfortunately, James died at the age of only 26 in 1848. Dora Ann then married William Jackson Drawdy, James’ first cousin, on September 13, 1849, also in Irwin County. It is possible that Dora Ann called William Drawdy by the name “Jim” which may explain some confusion in some accounts that Dora ASnn had moved to Florida to marry James Drawdy.

Dora Ann and William were living a frontier life in their new state. In 1845, Florida had joined the Union. At that time, the peninsular portions of Florida were consisting of only unexplored wilderness. Only rough trails that were made by soldiers that fought the Seminoles were not part of the wilderness. There are no written records of this horse-drawn trek through north Florida and Georgia nor of the couple’s plunge into the unknown and unsurveyed. In her later years, though, Dora Ann was telling the stories to her children and grandchildren. Continue reading “Historic Mount Dora”

Scenic Areas and Historic Sites

Americans like to visit scenic areas and historic sites – but where can they go to do both at the same time?

Imagine taking your next vacation where the Sundance Kid once held up the local bank, where dozens of wineries and luxurious spas vie for your attention, or where four world-class museums are within walking distance. Or you could be at the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, on a baseball field where Babe Ruth once played, or on the rocky, windswept California coast.

The National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations answers that question. The National Trust chooses 12 communities from all across America that offer our citizens enjoyable historic, natural, aesthetic, cultural, and recreational experiences.

Each location demonstrates a commitment to historic preservation and has an interesting architecture, a dynamic downtown, cultural diversity, walking access for visitors and residents, and a locally owned small business economic base.

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Silver Mines of the Coeur d’Alene River

Greater Coeur d’Alene Mining Region

Not many people realize how important the Coeur d’Alene Mining Region is to our national economy and the numerous benefits derived from the silver, lead, and zinc mined here. The Coeur d’Alene Mining Region, which is roughly four miles wide and twenty miles long, ranked first in the annual production of silver being mined in the world for many years. The top four silver mines in the United States are right here in this little valley.

Some old tales suggest that placer gold may have been mined from the general area in the early 1800s, perhaps by traders and trappers. However, recorded production in the district did not start until 1884.

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Wallace to Murray Road Trip

Visitors to Wallace and the Silver Valley, after inspecting the top silver producing mines in the nation, can also get a glimpse of the early-day gold rush to the Coeur d’Alene Mountains just over a century ago with an hour’s drive to the Murray gold district north of Wallace.

Visitors should take Forestry Road 456 which runs up Nine Mile Canyon past the Sierra Mine Tour site and over Dobson Pass. This road, while crooked, is paved and well maintained.

At the bottom of the pass on the north side, you will proceed down historic Beaver Creek, where every little gulch and side stream yielded placer gold, to the old townsite of Delta, which once had 1,500 residents.

Here is a road junction where the visitor can turn right on Road 605 to go over Kings Pass and on to Murray. This road takes the visitor past the Murray Cemetery, where colorful characters of the past are buried.

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Silver City – Ghost Town in Idaho

Idaho Ghost Town

In 1865, rich silver ore was discovered on War Eagle Mountain overlooking Silver City, Idaho. The War Eagle Mine and over 200 other mines in the area went on to produce more than $60,000,00 of precious metals.

A bit further up the road (a mile to be exact) from Silver City was “Ruby City”. Ruby City was the original county seat but lost this title to the 2-year-old Silver City in 1866. Many homes and businesses were physically moved to Silver City hoping to capitalize on Silver City’s newly acquired status of Owyhee County Seat.

Silver City Idaho has a turbulent history. There are stories of shootings between rival mining companies, and men and management. The cemetery is well populated with such men and their stories, which now lie forever, beneath ornate, wrought iron fences.

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