Play Date with History Program

Press Release from the President:

LEXINGTON, KY. — The Lexington History Museum closes out its popular Play Date with History® craft project on Saturday, March 21, Noon-2 p.m. with a focus on famous moments in Lexington’s transportation history. Admission is free. The Museum is located at 215 W. Main St. For information, call 859-254-0530.

Children may make one of three paper models: a steamboat, a locomotive, and an airplane. During the project, children and their parents will learn some interesting facts about the role Lexington played in developing those modes of travel.

On August 6, 1801, Edward “Ned” West demonstrated a steamboat on Lexington’s Town Branch –- nearly six years to the day before Robert Fulton’s steamboat demonstration between Albany, N.Y., and New York City on August 7, 1807. Unfortunately for West and Lexington, the Town Branch was not navigable, and his steamboat went nowhere. Literally.

In December 1835, the first train arrived in Lexington from Frankfort, establishing the Lexington & Ohio Railroad as the nation’s second road following the Baltimore & Ohio. The L&O later became part of the Louisville & Nashville. Eventually, both the B&O and L&N were swallowed up by today’s CSX.

In March 1928, on the first day of the Kentucky high school basketball tournament, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his famous “Spirit of St. Louis” at Lexington’s Halley Field (today’s Meadowthorpe subdivision). Less than a year before, “Lucky Lindy” completed the first transatlantic nonstop flight, arriving in Paris on May 21, 1927.

The Lexington History Museum engages all people in the discovery and interpretation of the history of Lexington, Ky., and the Bluegrass Region.

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