St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Many of the immigrant workers who lived in this area were Catholic.Although they cherished new opportunities, they clung to the traditions of the church. Reverend Joseph De Vries was sent to shepherd the Bowling Green mission in 1858. The congregation built a frame church which was replaced in 1862 by a larger masonry structure designed by Frank L. Kister, St. The church building was expanded in the late 1880's. Patterned after the cathedral at Cologne, Germany. St. Joseph's new church was dedicated in 1889. The St. Joseph Catholic School opened at this location in 1911 to provide education and religious training for children of parishioners.
The Portage Railroad Spurs Early Industries
The L&N offered Bowling Green important access to the country just prior to the Civil War, but the St. Joseph neighborhood had been exposed to rail service since 1837. A year earlier, the Bowling Green Portage Railway had been chartered by several Bowling Green businessmen. The Railway, which chiefly hauled freight, ran for one and one-half miles from the city wharf on the Barren River to downtown Bowling Green. When the L&N was completed in 1859, the railroad purchased this spur line. A number of important Bowling Green industries located along this early railway including a rock quarry, stone finishing plant, flour mill, a woolen mill, a planing mill, and a tool handle and furniture factory.
|Placed By||Bowling Green Historic Preservation Board and Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:37pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 549189 N 4095174|
|Decimal Degrees||37.00143333, -86.44715000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 0.086', W 86° 26.829'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 0' 5.16" N, 86° 26' 49.74" W|
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|Area Code(s)||270, 502|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 400-498 Church Ave, Bowling Green KY 42101, US|
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