Bruce Gordon, a railroad date nail collector, of Booneville, KY has been collecting date nails for over 40 years. He has loaned his award winning L&N Railroad Date Nail collection to the Three Forks Historical Center for display. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and collection with the museum! #datenails #LNRR #visitleecountyky #supportmuseums
Josh Smith gives a detailed comparison on the M1 Grand and the M1 Carbine Rifles used in WWII. He also references the COVI-19 crises and how the manufacturing of these rifles in WWII are relatable to the production of medical supplies and personal protection equipment today.
Josh Smith is a member of the Three Forks Historical Center Board, Editor of the Three Forks Tradition Newspaper. He also writes a column called "Smoking Six Guns and Semi-Autos"
The M1 Grand and M1 Carbine Rifles are on display at the Three Forks Historical Center Museum in Beattyville, KY. Both were donated to the museum by Bob Smith of Beattyville.
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Bob Smith talks about ration books from WWII and their importance in a time of economic disparity while fighting a war on two fonts. He references the COVID-19 crises and talks about how ration books and happenings in the past are relatable to the events today.
Bob Smith is the President of the Three Forks Historical Center and owner of the Three Forks Tradition Newspaper along with his wife Linda Smith and son Josh.
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The Three Forks Historical Center is located in Beattyville, KY.
Museum President Bob Smith talks about a USA flag passed down through his family that once was flown on the USS Arizona. He also talks about a photo of the iconic battleship.
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Museum President Bob Smith talks about a donation of WWI Commemorative Plates made by the Rockcastle Supply Company who had a plant in Cressmont, Lee County, KY. He gives background information about the area logging company, community of Cressmont at the time, and the railroad around 1919-1920. Plan a visit www.visitleecountyky.com.
Visitors who come into the Three Forks Historical Center have found unique items that they can tell us more about. Here is a video with a visitor, Larry Fraley from West Liberty, KY talking about a Possum Pelt Board. Also there was a visitor, David Cook from Michigan who came to find information about his great grandfather Robinson's Lumber Company in Beattyville, KY. Follow the blog at www.threeforkshistorialcenter.com. Plan a visit www.visitleecountyky.com
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...
Bob Smith, president of the Three Forks Historical Center talks about a bottling plant that was located in Beattyville in the early 1900s. The Roxa Kola Bottling Company was a subsidiary of Ale-8-one and had bottling plants in Lexington, Winchester, and Beattyville. Ale-8-one is a large part of Eastern Kentucky pride and history. Read about the Ale8 One Percent program with the Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition, where 1% of returnable bottle sales go to local nonprofits.
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.
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Museum Board Members
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Edna G. Crabtree
Everett Lee Marshall