Sunday, November 28, 1999

Book looks at N.Ky. past, progress

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — A new book recalls a Northern Kentucky where the airport headquarters is a shack, a group of Reds fans head to opening day in a horse-drawn wagon and thoroughbreds trot on the old Latonia race track.

        Northern Kentucky: Looking to the Millennium is a coffee table book that looks at Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties over the past century.

        “It's really a reflection of the area over the last 100 years,” said Janice Cushman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which commissioned the book.

        The book features dozens of historical black and white photos of the region as well as more recent color pictures of the area's people, places and attractions.

        Nearly 40 Northern Kentucky companies are also profiled.

        Mark Bowen, a local freelance photographer, served as photo editor of the book. The introduction was written by Steve Cauthen, the Walton native and award-winning jockey who won the 1978 Triple Crown.

        “By the time I was ready to end my racing career in 1992, I had already made the decision to return to the beautiful bluegrass of Northern Kentucky, where I was born and grew up,” Mr. Cauthen wrote.

        “And in truth, I could have made my home anywhere in the world. But it was here in Northern Kentucky that I would again make my home, to raise my family and build upon the roots that I had never stayed too far away from,” he wrote.

        Ms. Cushman said the book shows how far Northern Kentucky has progressed.

        She points to one of the book's more telling photographs, likely taken in the early 1940s during the development of what is now the bustling Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, which handles more than 20 million passengers a year.

        The picture shows what is basically a small shack in a Boone County field. On the side is a sign that reads, “Temporary Headquarters, Boone County Airlines. Airplane Sales & Service. Student Instruction. Charter Trips. Passenger flights.”

        “To me that is just a remarkable photo because it shows how far Northern Kentucky has come,” Ms. Cushman said.

        Other historical photos show:

        A group of Cincinnati Reds fans from Northern Kentucky piled into the back of a wagon parked on a Covington street before heading to the 1909 Opening Day game.

        • Another wagon photo shows a group of workers from the Covington Brewing Co.

        • TSeveral shots of the Latonia race track, which was located on what is now a shopping center in Latonia.

        • A shot of downtown Covington from 1910.

        • A large celebration of Armistice Day, 1918, in Dayton.

        The book was published by Towery Publishing of Memphis, Tenn. It sells for $49.95; chamber members receive a 20 percent discount.

        Mr. Cauthen and Mr. Bowen will hold two book signings where copies of the book will be sold.

        The first will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. during the chamber's Business After Hours at Turfway Park in Florence. A second signing also at Turfway Park is scheduled Dec. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

        The book can also be purchased at the chamber's office at 300 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell. And it will be available at chamber events in December and January.


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