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On September 13, 1781, the Long Run massacre occurred at the intersection of Floyd’s Fork Creek with Long Run Creek, along the Falls Trace, a trail in eastern Jefferson County. A day earlier, settlers at Painted Stone Station, established by Squire Boone, had learned that the fort was about to be raided. Most chose to flee to Beargrass Creek and some settlers hesitated for two days before moving toward Linn’s Station. This party was ambushed at the thirteen-mile tree, eight miles from Linn’s Station. At least seven settlers were killed; Indian losses are unknown. The survivors fled and reached Linn’s Station by nightfall.
September 13, 1919, Man o’ War leaves Saratoga for Belmont to enter his last race of 1919, his 10th race of 21 career starts. The 30th Futurity Stakes for two-year-olds went 6 furlongs in 1:11.60 beating a young and talented John P Grier. Man o’ War was a growing beast. He was a scrawny kid of 970 lbs. while in the Spa. In Belmont, he was up to 1,020 lbs. By the time he made his three-year-old debut at the Preakness, he tipped the scale at 1,150 lbs.
September 13, 1947, Robert Alsip, who celebrated his 100th birthday six months ago died at his home in Woodbine outside of Corbin, where he was born. He was one of Kentucky’s five remaining Civil War veterans. He served in the Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and Calvary and took part in campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
On September 13, 1973, Bill Monroe unveiled a monument to honor Uncle Pen at the Rosine Cemetery. James Pendleton Vandiver (1869–1932), known as Uncle Pen, was a Kentucky fiddler. Bill also celebrated his uncle by playing “Uncle Pen” in Ricky Skaggs’s Country Boy music video.
At about 9:13 a.m., September 13, 1989, an explosion occurred at the Pyro Mining Company’s Pyro No. 9 Slope, William Station Mine, located at Sullivan in Union County. Fourteen miners were present at the time of the explosion. Ten died as a result of the explosion; four escaped despite being exposed to high concentrations of carbon monoxide and smoke.
Kentucky Trivia: From monkey skin coats to ivory pool cues to endangered snake wine, Louisville’s International Airport is a main battleground in America’s fight to halt wildlife smuggling. The UPS Worldport, the world’s 7th largest cargo hub, made the airport the 5th largest wildlife port in America.
September 13, 2016, a year after it began, Lexington’s needle exchange program collected 20,199 used needles and gave out more than 21,693 clean ones. The second of its kind in Kentucky, behind Louisville, the program has seen a steady increase in the number of drug users looking for safer ways to shoot up.