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September 8, 1775, Daniel Boone and his family returned to Fort Boonesborough from Snody’s Station, now Castlewood, VA. The family members included Rebecca and their daughters along with 35 axemen. It took the group six months travelling the Cumberland Gap.
On September 8, 1775, Frances Jane Greenleaf and her crew reached Fort Harrod. Frances later manufactured the first salt in Kentucky at Drilling’s Lick, an essential stop for pioneers moving deeper into Kentucky. She was also one of Kentucky’s first schoolteachers.
September 8, 1808, Nathaniel Duval and Lloyd Wilcoxen, both citizens of “Bairdstown,” dueled in the Indiana territory nearly opposite of Louisville. Duval “fell at the first fire, having received the ball of his antagonist in the right side. The wound proved mortal.”
Famous Kentucky Duels by J. Winston Coleman, Jr.; pg: 136
September 8, 1867, John L. Helm died as Kentucky’s 24th governor, five days after being sworn in. Lt. Governor John W. Stevenson became the 25th governor. Stevenson would later resign at the end of his term to become Kentucky’s 18th class two senator.
September 8, 1962, the new Lure Lodge was completed on a steep cliff overlooking one of the broadest expanses of water on Lake Cumberland. The lodge originally had 24 guests rooms but now has 24 additional rooms and an indoor swimming pool.
September 8, 1983, Haskell Penn helped customer Susie Edelen at the counter of Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch. The store, the oldest country store in America being run continuously by the same family, sits on the Boyle and Casey County lines. It opened in 1845 and has been in the Penn family since 1850. It was the community’s first post office in 1882.
September 8, 1990, Eastern Kentucky University named their football stadium the Roy Kidd Stadium during a half-time presentation with Coach Kidd, in their season opener. Coach Kidd and the Colonels beat S. Florida 24-12.
September 8, 1995, former U.S. House Speaker Thomas S. Foley received the second Henry Clay Medallion for Distinguished Service in a ceremony at the governor’s mansion. The medallion’s first recipient was Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky’s Historian-Laureate.
On September 8, 1998, federal agents, police, and prosecutors celebrated receiving $11 million and more manpower to help curb marijuana growing in the Appalachia region by making a marijuana bust in Eastern Kentucky, the first raid with the new money.
September 8, 2000, the STS-106 Atlantis launched with Kentuckian Terrence Wade Wilcutt on board. The 12-day mission successfully prepared the International Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent crew. The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered more than 6,600 pounds of supplies and installed batteries, power converters, life support, and exercise equipment on the Space Station.
September 8, 2000, Churchill Downs Incorporated completed a merger with Chicago’s Arlington International Racecourse (now Arlington Park), which involved an exchange of stock with Arlington owner Richard Duchossois. The Illinois track recently announced they would be shutting down.