The Livingston County Tourist Commission and the City of Carrsville, KY, unveiled the new Carrsville History Monument in a ceremony on Saturday.
The monument pays tribute to the history of the Carrsville community and the citizens that made a living from the river.
The population of Carrsville has decreased significantly over the years, but Carrsville once had a population of 700 people.
In the mid-18th century, the Ohio River was a great highway in North America. The farms and industries of the region transferred goods down the Ohio River to the Mississippi and beyond.
Incorporated in 1860, Carrsville thrived on river trade. In its peak, the Carrsville business district included several hotels, a newspaper, doctors office, hardware store, grocery, and post office. Carrsville also had a mill, gas power plant, and teachers college.
Author Mark Twain is known to have visited Dr. Clements in Carrsville and stayed at the Clemens home. The Clemens home still stands today.
As the country progressed, Railways and Highways replaced river transport. Then the 1937 flood ravaged the town of Carrsville.
The Carrsville memorial was donated by the Livingston County Tourist Commission. The marker will serve as a stop on the Livingston County History Trail.
The trail begins in Grand Rivers and current monuments also include tributes to Grand Rivers founder Thomas Lawson, former Mayor JH O’Bryan, citizen Linda Ray, and the Grand Rivers Iron Furnace.
Want to learn more about Livingston County History? Visit our History Page Here.