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Today's Features

  • A railroad town, Upton had a depot that was built in 1857 by George Upton.

    The depot was later sold by Upton to the L&N or Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company in the early 1900’s.

    Once the railroad was established, Upton became a shipping point for cattle, tobacco, produce and timber; and also served as a main form of transportation for locals.

    “When I was going to college in Western Kentucky – Bowling Green, I took the train – you just flagged it down and got on,” said Upton native, Larry McKinley.

  • Hodgenville has Lincoln Days. Elizabethtown has the Heartland Festival.

    Upton has Upton Days each September.

    The town’s festival begins with the Upton Days parade. The list of activities and events changes depending on weather and participation in certain contests.

  • Sitting quietly, disguised with new yellow siding and green shutters, the Andrew Jackson Upton House has stood at the corner of Peachtree and Grayson streets in Upton since before troops invaded during the Civil War.

    Built in 1851 by Andrew Jackson Upton, grandson of the town’s founder, the Upton House holds an interesting history.

    During the time that the Andrew Jackson Upton family lived in the house, it boasted several innovations.

  • For many years, large, looming, chain home improvement stores have carried away customers from the original businesses that started it all.

    But some have withstood the test of time.

    Established in 1977, Jones Do It Best Home Center, as it is called today, has played a role in Upton history.

    Ralph Jones, the son of the store’s founder, Harvey Jones, recalls Upton in its heyday.

  • The roar of an engine and the in-flight-feeling Ralph Jones got as he sped his way to the finish line is only part of his story.

    Jones started racing at the Bonnieville Speedway on a dirt track.

    “There was a guy named L.C. Duncan, had a 1950 Plymouth and wanted to know if I wanted to drive his car, and I did, and it started from there,” said Jones.

    In 1963, Jones started racing regularly on small tracks and at fair races while he was still attending college.

  • Upton, Kentucky, straddles two county lines: LaRue and Hardin. It’s divided – in general terms – by U.S. 31-W and Interstate 65.

    Many of the addresses associated with Upton are closer to the Hart County line than either of the home counties.

    Edward Upton, who was the son of a Revolutionary War veteran of the same name, founded the town in 1812.

  • Entries have started pouring in for our annual photo contest.

    Here are the rules:

    • Contest is open to residents of LaRue County and surrounding counties.

    • There is no charge to enter

    • Images taken in LaRue County may receive preference in the judging.


    • All entries must be original photographs taken by the entrant.
    The entrant must own rights to the image.


    • Send electronic images as jpg, eps or tif by e-mail attachment to laruephotocontest@hotmail.com.

  • This summer the Chamber of Commerce has been busy with a variety of tourists, local families with kids stopping in to find Waldo, and planning and preparing for our booth at this year’s Kentucky State Fair.

    That is right – the Kentucky State Fair is just around the corner. I can almost taste the funnel cakes, hear the music, and smell the livestock. We are making plans and recruiting volunteers for our Pride of the Counties booth.