Thursday, April 3, 2014

7 things I learned about South Carrollton, KY

The best part about searching family tree is finding out about where they came from.  
Learning about Muhlenberg county Kentucky has really been an adventure.  Here are a few things I've learned so far.

  1. South Carrollton currently only has about 185 people living there now.  (Only 5 of them are black.)  At one time, there were at almost 1, 000.
  2. One of the first mining accident was the one that killed my great uncle Leslie Gatton.  (See my previous post about the Moody mine explosion.)
  3. Originally, the town was called Old Randolph farm.  Later it was changed to Carrollton, KY (after the first postmasters grandson-Carroll McGowan).  The south was added on to distinguish it from Carroll county, KY.
  4. S.C. is the smallest town in Muhlenberg.  The whole town is less than a quarter of a mile.
  5. It has a 0% unemployment rate, however, the average salary is less than $19,000.
  6. Due to it's close proximity to Bowling Green, KY & Evansville,IN, at one point, it was considered be a prime river boat stop.
  7. Even though the Green river flows in S.C, one of the reasons for the declining population was the water shortage.
Looking for more info on Muhlenberg county? link on the right.

I can't wait to visit.