FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/29/13) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to commemorate the Frankfort and Cincinnati Railroad and the Centreville Depot. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at KY 353 at Centreville (near Paris), Ky.
The line is considered a major factor in the growth of Frankfort in the late 1890s as well as an important distribution method for the area’s bourbon distilleries during much of the last century. Originally named the Kentucky Midland Railroad, the 40-mile span between Frankfort and Paris was built from 1888 to 1890. The name changed to Frankfort and Cincinnati in 1899, although there were no connections to Cincinnati. With the advent of the automobile, the tracks in Bourbon County were abandoned in 1967, and by 1987 all had been removed.
The Centreville Depot, built in 1889, was stop 32 on the line. George R. Burberry became the depot agent-telegrapher in 1892. He and his family also operated the Centreville Commission Co. there, selling coal, grain and fertilizer. The depot served as a commercial center for the community until it burned in 1963.
The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways, online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at iTunes and Google Play.
Information provided by the Kentucky Historical Society
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