We received several phone calls about the above photo which is being displayed at the Frazier History Museum.
The photographer said it was taken between 1975 and 1977 in LaRue County – a statement that brought some confusion because LaRue County has been dry (no alcohol sales) for decades and the store sign clearly says “beer.”
Tim Kennedy, who now lives in Hodgenville, said he drove past the store often. Kennedy said the building, owned by Frank L. Boone, was at Howardstown (Nelson County) facing toward the LaRue line. Specifically, it was near the junction of Ky. 84 and Ky. 52. He recalls it had a green roof.
He said he owns the Sunoco gas pump shown in front of the store. It’s stored in a warehouse on Lincoln Parkway.
He believes the old restaurant sign, shown just below the bridge, is now in New Haven.
He also owns the sign from the old Head’s store in Howardstown. (It’s hanging in the garage.)
Another reader, Jim Scott of Louisville, a 1963 graduate of Hodgenville High School, drove that stretch of road for many years. He doesn’t recall the store or tree shown in the photo on the LaRue/Nelson line.
Another LaRue resident, Phillip Childress, said the scene looks familiar to one he used to drive by in Bradfordsville.
If you’d like to check out the photography exhibit which features photos taken in Kentucky during the nation’s Bicentennial celebration, stop by the Museum through Jan. 15.
The Frazier History Museum is located in downtown Louisville on Main Street’s “Museum Row.”
It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Adult admission is $9.50, with military, student and child discounts available.
Museum admission includes access to permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions and daily historical performances.
For more information, visit www.FrazierMuseum.org or call (502) 753-5663.