The Three Forks Historical Center garage building is the new home for the Lee County Fire Department antique fire engine. Locally known as "Ole Red" this was the first engine that the local community had. The truck itself is a 1953 Chevy and it remained the only fire truck up until the devastating runaway gas truck explosion of 1977 that killed 7 people, set several buildings and 50 parked cars along Main Street in Beattyville on fire.
More info on the 1977 Runaway Gas Truck Explosion...
This video is a Three Forks Historical Center Artifact Spotlight of L&N Railroad Maps of Heidelberg, Lee County, Kentucky. Shirley Reese talks about what she remembers of the town. To hear more about the history of Heidelberg, KY check out the Lee County Oral History/Storytelling recordings.. #supportmuseums #threeforkshistoricalcenter
John McIntosh, at the Three Forks Historical Center showcases an item in the museum that touches his heart, and his stomach. He has treasured memories of his mother cooking on a similar stove. Listen to John speak about how this wood burning iron stove operated. Consider giving a donation to the museum in Beattyville, KY to help keep the doors open for generations to come. If you are interested in this stove and historical cooking methods, be sure to listen to the Lee County Oral History group talk about cooking traditions.
Three Forks Historical Center Artifact Spotlight: Jessica Treadway, teacher with Wolfe County Schools, and member of the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission talks about one room school systems. She highlights artifacts such as a school desk, a hand bell, a chalkboard, and a 1929 teacher record book from the Big Andy Ridge area of Lee and Wolfe Counties. Learn more about the consolidation of schools in Lee County and listen to stories of what it was like teaching in a one room school house from our Lee County Oral History/Storytelling recordings. There is a great audio clip by retired teacher Mrs. Edith Little that is wonderful to listen to. Consider Consider giving a donation to the museum in Beattyville, KY to help keep the doors open for generations to come. www.threeforkshistoricalcenter.com
The Three Forks Historical Center in Beattyville, KY preserves artifacts that are irreplaceable due to their historical significance. Not only do the artifacts reflect local histories but also national events. In this video, Bob Smith, President of the Three Forks Historical Center, showcases the American Flag that was flown at half mast the remainder of the year following the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Kentucky Entertainment Television (KET) visited Beattyville in 2018 and filmed a Veterans Day tribute for their program. The video was published on November 8th and was shown on KET stations. Bob Smith, president of the Three Forks Historical Center talks about the Veterans wing in the museum and the Veterans Memorial Wall located in Beattyville, KY. Follow this link to War Memorial names located on the monuments for those killed in active duty, provided by Kentucky Genealogy Trails.
Beattyville, KY is the birthplace of the Kentucky River and the Three Forks Region was booming in the logging industry from 1890-1930s. Here is a video about an important tool that loggers used as they rafted logs from Beattyville toward Frankfort and on to the Ohio River. Learn more about the waterways and river trails that Lee County has to offer. Follow this link to view the pool 14 river map and where the boat ramps are located. Contact the local outfitter to reserve your kayak/canoe trip this summer.
Geneva Duncil, board member of the Three Forks Historical Center, showcases a artifact in the museum that is special to her: $100 in burnt money which was recovered in downtown Beattyville after the 1977 runaway gas truck explosion.
Here area few links to photos, articles, and the transportation documents of the accident.
Welcome to the blog page of the Three Forks Historical Center in Beattyville, KY.
Museum Board Members
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Edna G. Crabtree
Everett Lee Marshall