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Governor Paul E. Patton  

Governor Paul Patton, who is from Lawrence County and graduated from Louisa High School in 1956.  This photo was taken by Chuck Wallace, when he attended the swearing in of the Judges elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in January 2000.   

"A Salute to Lawrence County Veterans"

Submitted by Beverly Pack ~ November 20, 1997

From an article in the BIG SANDY NEWS (Wednesday, Nov 5, 1997):  

"Louisa DAR begins project. The Louisa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is beginning research on a project that will reflect memories and pictures of war veterans in   Lawrence County. Anyone may submit a picture and a story about a soldier.

The book will be entitled 'A Salute to Lawrence County Veterans.' Anyone with Lawrence County roots is encouraged to participate. The book will be ready before next year's Septemberfest. A  deadline will be announced at a later date. Help preserve information on veterans.

Send your information and a copy of your picture. Do not send the original as they will not be returned. The address for this project is Veterans Project, Route 6, Box 15970, Louisa, KY 41230, or you can call (606) 638-4995 or (606) 638-4694."

Ricky Skaggs Receives Honorary Degree

Submitted by Beverly Pack ~ October 27, 1997

"Click" on photo for a full size view.

  In the Summer/Fall 1997 issue of the Morehead Statement  (newspaper from Morehead State University in KY) was this photo of Ricky Skaggs receiving an honorary doctoral degree in music at the Spring Commencement 1997.   

 Louisa High School Graduation Photo.  Note:  Not only did Bev graduated from Louisa High School with Ricky, but she's also an alumni of Morehead State University.  


Captain William Moore Cemetery-Mattie, KY

Submitted y Chuck Wallace ~ October 12, 1997

The dedication of the Captain William Moore cemetery in Mattie, KY took place on October 11th at 12:00 PM as scheduled with Lloyd Licco Moore serving as Master of Ceremonies. The chain fence was totally completed and the cemetery was cleared of all overgrowth and brush for the first time in many years. A new flag pole with a new American flag was in place.

An inspiring program that included the placing of American Flags on the graves of Captain William Moore and his first wife, Nancy Thompson Moore, daughter of Revolutionary War Soldier, Richard Thompson, was presented by the Louisa, KY Chapter of the the Daughters of the American Revolution under the direction of Regent Beulah L. Greene.

Following the Daughters of the American Revolution program, the Honor Guard from Louisa Post 89 of the American Legion, led by Andy Marcum, Commander, raised the colors, played the National Anthem and gave a 21 gun salute.

There were approximately thirty to thirty-five in attendance, including Mr. Adam Edeler, representing Kentucky Governor Paul Edward Patton, a native of Lawrence County and graduate of Louisa High School.

After the cemetery program, the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a lovely reception at the Lawrence County library.

Lloyd Moore, Bert Hayes, and others unknown to me, spent many, many long and hard hours laboring on the clearing and restoring of this historic cemetery and the planning of this Patriotic event for which we should all be grateful.

Old (and New) Historic Bridge at Louisa

Extract from "History of Lawrence County" and "Lawrence County - a pictorial history"

The original toll bridge that was constructed to connect Louisa and Fort Gay, WV (originally called Cassville, WV) was known as the Louisa-Fort Gay Bridge.  It was officially opened to the public at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 1906 with Flem McHenry as bridge-keeper. The original toll charges were three cents each for pedestrians (two cents to go to or from the Point Section) and 15 cents for a car and driver plus three cents for each passenger.

The bridge reportedly was featured in Robert Ripley's "Believe It or Not,"syndicated to hundreds of newspapers around the world.  The span was considered unique because it

crossed two rivers, connected two states, two counties and two towns and had three exits-entrances.  A common local joke in giving directions was to tell someone to "Drive to the center of the bridge and turn right." Such a turn carried a traveler from Louisa to the Point Section between the Forks of Tug and  Levisa.

The final tolls were collected on Thursday, September 30, 1971 from Governors Louie B. Nunn of  Kentucky and Arch A. Moore, Jr. of West Virginia. The old narrow bridge has been replaced by a wider, more-modern bridge.

Last Updated:  Thursday, September 06, 2007 12:21 PM