Before the First Derby; Before Cherokee Park: Whiskey Row

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 6:44 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Imagine one single industry dominating a city in this way:  150 headquarters all in different buildings  over two major downtown streets, ALL selling the same product, but under different names. Welcome to Louisville’s Whiskey Row. 

It’s a term many of us heard for the first time just two years ago  when several   of those original  buildings on Main Street were facing the wrecking ball.  But historians tell WHAS 11 News that the term dates back to 1830 in Louisville. It was here before the first Kentucky Derby ran in 1875, before Cherokee Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1891.
 

WHAS11's Doug Proffitt explores the true history of a stretch of downtown that was unlike any other, in any city in America.

Click on the video player above for a look at the first two Bourbon companies making a comeback. They are the early pioneers back  to Whiskey Row, and we’ve learned they are being followed by others.  It’s a renewed spirit on Main Street, based on the spirits of the past, but in the true spirit of Kentucky:  Bourbon.

 

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