Telling Kentucky's Story

Going on 200

There are hundreds of century-old businesses in Kentucky. Their diversity is amazing, their history fascinating. Through historic and contemporary photographs and insightful essays, Going on 200 tells the stories of almost fifty of them. From the Auburn Leather Company to Tonini Church Supply, from the Dahl & Groezinger scrap yard to the A. D. Campbell dress shop, it's an appreciation of our century-old businesses both as providers of indispensable services and products, and as beacons of continuity in a commercial and cultural landscape stormy with change.

  • Richly illustrated in full color
  • More than 200 photographs

From the introduction by Thomas D. Clark, Historian Laureate of Kentucky:

"The Kentucky businesses, commercial or institutional, which have survived for a century have reflected the realization of dreams, of expectations, and the challenges of changing times and human tastes. Running through this collection of histories is the theme of fending off the ravages of archaic practices on the one hand, and an ever-growing corporate competition on the other. During the passing decades these survivors have established rock-solid assets of integrity, personal service, patron loyalties, and a dedication to the sense of community. Collectively, the centennial businesses have reached far beyond the doorways of their stores and shops to knit a rich Kentucky heritage of time and place."

For a list of the registered century-old businesses in Kentucky click here.

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Going on 200: Featured Businesses

Going on 200: Century-old Businesses in Kentucky


Text: Charles Thompson
Introduction by Dr. Thomas D. Clark
Photography: Sid Webb
Paperback (8.5" x 11")
112 pages
July, 2003


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Businesses featured in two-page spreads with multiple photos:

A. D. Campbell Co., Middlesboro

Anderson Ferry Constance Auburn Leather Company, Auburn

Bagdad Roller Mills, Bagdad

Bank of Columbia, Columbia

Beasley Monument Company, Paducah

Biancke's Restaurant, Cynthiana

Bybee Pottery, Bybee

Corn-Austin Company, Murray

Dahl & Groezinger, Owensboro

Dunagan's Grocery and Supply, Mill Springs

Durham Hardware & Appliances, Danville

Ebert's Meat Market, Newport

Ehrmann's Bakery, Louisville

F. Wolkow & Sons, Louisville

Fall & Fall Insurance, Fulton

Farmers National Bank, Lebanon

Germantown Fair Company, Germantown

Glauber's, Carrollton

Hathaway & Clark Funeral Home, Louisville

Heimerdinger Cutlery Company, Louisville

Hillenmeyer Nurseries, Lexington

Himes General Store, Tollesboro

Hopkinsville Milling Company, Hopkinsville

J. A. Oldfield General Store, Mize

Jackson Times, Jackson

January & Wood, Maysville

Joe Rosenberg Jewelers, Lexington

Keith Monument Company, Elizabethtown

Lebanon Oak Flooring, Lebanon

Louisville Stoneware, Louisville

Luckett & Farley, Louisville

Mason & Hanger, Lexington

Mazzoni's Cafe, Louisville

Muster Funeral Home, Calhoun

Nanz & Kraft Florists, Louisville

Papania's, Lexington

Pollock Jewelers, Ashland

Publishers Printing Company, Shepherdsville

Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort

Spalding and Sons, Bardstown

Stewart Iron Works, Covington

Tonini Church Supply, Louisville

Weathers Drugs, Elkton

Weisenberger Mills, Scott County

Businesses featured with single photos in Going on 200, Too:

A. Huddleston Co., Fulton

Bank of Maysville, Maysville

C. A. Rabourn and Sons, Lawton

The Courier-Journal, Louisville

Craig & Hall Insurance Agency, Georgetown

The Gleaner, Henderson

Hank Bros. Hardware, Paducah

Henry County Local, New Castle

Hoffman, Ison & Greene, Mt. Sterling

Horton Bros. & Brown Pharmacy, Grayson

The Manchester Enterprise, Manchester

Marcus Paint, Louisville

Nugent Sand Company, Louisville

Park City Daily News, Bowling Green

Pillow Brothers, Russellville

Powell Lumber Company, Sebree

Sebree Deposit Bank, Sebree

Shannon Funeral Service, Shelbyville

Smith Pharmacy, Burkesville

Talbott Tavern, Bardstown

Taul Funeral Home, Mt. Sterling

Wolf's Restaurant & Tavern, Henderson