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Flood Pictures of Louisville KY & the Ohio River

I thought I would share these photos with you. I found them in a photo album while going through some of my father’s belongings. I think some of the pictures were taken on River Road but not sure of the year or which flood this might have been. The boat in the second picture does look very old.

About Me…

I have a degree in Applied Science where I mainly worked in the United Kingdom. During my internship at Gloucester Royal Hospital I participated in the Stonehouse Meningitis Survey which collected research and later was used in the development of a vaccine. I moved away from the medical field and worked at Whitbread Brewery where I was involved in quality control. After having my daughter I started Barrett’s Office Cleaning where in the first year we had branched out to two towns where we had over twelve contracts including Pizza Hut, William Hills, and various businesses.

After returning to the United States to take care of elderly parents I have been involved mostly in community work with the Portland Museum, The Neighborhood House, The Portland Branch Library with helping organize events and outreach to the community. I had the pleasure to organize and represent the community of Portland at the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration in 2003 where many local nonprofit organizations joined under one tent for the 13 day celebration.

I achieved my real estate license from the first online classes offered in Kentucky from Thornton’s Real Estate Academy in Bowling Green, KY after which time I joined Semonin Realtors and now currently with Compass Realtors. I have since developed a network of local professionals that I am confident can respond to concerns that might arise and that I will be able to help with you with all your needs.

During the tax season I am a Tax Specialist 2 for H&R Block.

Areas of Tax Expertise: Investments/Stock Options (income, sales, losses), Home ownership, purchase, or sale, Home foreclosure, Real estate rentals or vacation homes, Healthcare expenses (e.g., medical, dental), Charitable giving, Retirement income, Small Business, Sole Proprietor, or Self-employed, Tax Planning.

As a Realtor I spend my time helping sellers/buyers and investors achieve their goals. H & R Block lets me continue to help clients meet their financial goals and give advice to help them plan for the future. Please make an appointment so I can help you meet YOUR goals! Years of Tax Experience: 4

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Besides being a Realtor I love local history. I have put together a collection that I hope you like. If you have any photographs or stories you would like to add contact me. I am sure others will love to read them.
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Thomas Edison House

Louisville’s Thomas Edison House is located in historic Butchertown, a neighborhood which has been known as the center of meat production in this city for over 200 years. It was also one of the areas Thomas Alva Edison called home during the years he lived and worked in Louisville.

Edison came to Louisville in 1866, at the young age of 19, to work as a telegraph key operator. With his skill at receiving telegraph messages, Thomas Edison had little difficulty landing a job with the Western Union located on Second and West Main Street — about eight blocks from this home. Apparently, Louisville was also experiencing a shortage of telegraph operators at the time.
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Perryville, Kentucky

The Battle of Perryville

On October 8, 1862, Watkins and 18,000 Confederates clashed with 20,000 Union troops on the hills outside of Perryville. Nearly 7,500 soldiers were killed and wounded in Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle.


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Kentucky and Indiana Railroad Bridge

Construction on the bridge began in August 1910 and was completed in November 1912.It cost over $2 million dollars. It was one of the heaviest and largest plain truss bridges on earth.


(In this vintage postcard you can see the K&I Bridge)

It was primarily designed to carry railroad traffic and is is 70 feet wide

It has wagon ways on each side. These were paved with heavy creosoted wood blocks and were intended primarily to accommodate horse and wagon traffic…which used the bridge on a toll basis. Cars and trucks replayed horse drawn vehicles.



The creosote paving blocks remained until 1952 they were replaced by steel grid work.

February 1979- a section of the roadbed broke under the weight of an overloaded gravel truck. Traffic has been closed since to any cars or trucks.


Big Four Bridge Fire

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“Big”Jim Porter- The Kentucky Giant

“Big” Jim Porter

The Kentucky Giant

This to my knowledge is the only image of Jim Porter . The image has been used for various promotional items- it is actually a drawing that he posed for during his life time.

7 Feet 8 Inches Tall

An Inch Shorter Than He Claimed

Jim was very small and sickly as a child. He became a jockey at the age of fourteen at Elm Tree Garden, a racetrack on Shippingport.

At age seventeen something began to happen to him that would change his life forever.

He started growing and growing for three years until he reached 7 feet 8 inches.

He grew so fast that locals would take bets on how much he would grow in a week. Every Saturday night he would allow himself to be weighed and measured.

Around 1830 “Big” was added to his name and he became known as “Big” Jim Porter- The Kentucky Giant.

He worked as a hackney or coach driver carrying passengers and goods from Louisville to the Portland Wharf.

In 1836 Jim toured for one year with midgets performing Gulliver’s Travels. When asked how tall he was he would respond 6 feet 21 inches.

April 6, 1842 Charles Dickens stayed briefly in Louisville. He visited Jim and wrote in his book “American Notes”- ‘When he had shown himself and talked awhile, he withdrew his pocket instrument and went bobbing down the cabin, among men of six feet high and upwards, like a lighthouse walking along lamp-post.”

P.T. Barnum contacted Jim after reading what Charles Dickens had written and asked him to join his famous circus. Porter turned down the offer.

He opened a tavern near the Portland Canal in 1836. He prospered early and was able to build an eighteen room house which had ten foot doors and furniture made to suit his large build.

A manufacturer of Springfield Mass. Presented him with an eight foot rifle and a five foot sword. He nicknamed his riffle “The Little Riffle” to the amusement of many. He also had a four and a half foot cane made that resembled a spiral bedpost. He enjoyed very much showing these items to children and visitors.


Charles Dickens was one he showed his riffle to with amusement. His entry of this encounter is also recorded in his book “American Notes”- “He brought his fun with him as a curiosity. Christened “The Little Rifle”, and displayed outside a shop window, it would make a fortune of any retain business in Holborn.”

April 24, 1859 James D. Porter died quietly in his sleep. It is believed his suffered from heart problems.

Jim’s enormous size not only caused problems in life but also in death. A special nine foot casket had to be made.

The remains were placed in a vault in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitors from all over would come to the cemetery just to look through the ornamental opening in the door to see Jim’s huge casket beside an ordinary size to show the contrast.

The vault was nestled into the hillside and fell into ruin. Many dilapidated hillside vaults in this section of the cemetery were torn down before 1900. There is a marker that simply states he was 7 feet, 8 Inches tall- an inch shorter than he claimed.


Jim Porter’s Hand- From his middle finger to his wrist measured an amazing 13 inches. One story is told about a little girl sitting on the palm of his hand while he walked across the street.


This picture shows just how big a nine foot coffin would be!


This view made from a picture found in the cornerstone of the Old Masonic Temple (shows North side of Main Street from 3rd Street about 1850) showing two-horse tandem drays then used for hauling hogsheads of tobacco etc. In the foreground is shown the omnibus driven from Louisville to Portland by Jim Porter, the famous Kentucky giant. the building where steps are shown is the Bank of Kentucky. This was probably one of the first photographers taken in Louisville, KY.

Online Quiz About Jim Porter


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More Information on Acromegaly/Gigantism

Acromegaly/ Gigantism is a very rare disease. Gigantism occurs in youths while the bones are still growing while Acromegaly occurs in adults. It is due to a high exposure of Growth Hormone that is secreted by the Pituitary Gland over a long period of time.

Acromegaly/Gigantism is usually caused by a benign tumor on the Pituitary Gland however it might be caused by other disorders.

The major problem of the treatment is that by the time the patient has symptoms the tumor is in a very aggressive phase. Some of the symptoms might include headaches and visual changes.

Early symptoms may include the following:

Excessive growth during childhood

Prominent jaw

Large hands/feet with thick fingers and toes

Increased perspiration


After the disease has progressed other symptoms and noticeable changes to the body take place:

Coarsening of the features in the face

Widely spaced teeth

Increased ring and shoe sizes

Hands become enlarged, moist and soft

General thickening of the skin

Increased sweating and oiliness

Cardiovascular disease


Upper airway obstruction

Diabetes mellitus


Weight gain

Heat intolerance

Increased sleep requirements

Patients usually die from one of the following causes:

Death rates are higher when Diabetes Mellitus or Hypertension is associated.

Treatment includes surgical therapy, radiation therapy, and medication therapy.

Other Giants

Sandy Allen of Indiana reached 6 feet 3 inches by the time she was 10 years old. At age 16 she 7 feet 1 inch. Her final height was 7 feet 7 inches.

The Giant David fought in the Bible was suppose to be 9 feet 9 inches tall.

Vaino Myllyrinne was from Finland (1901-1963) and the tallest soldier measuring 8 feet 3 inches.

Aurangzeb Kahn joined Barnum & Bailey Circus and Sterling & Reid Circus measuring 8 feet tall.

Feng-Jun Wang measured 8 feet ½ inches.
Captain Bates and his wife

In Kentucky in the 1800’s was Captain Bates and his wife, Anne Hannen Swan. They both measured 7 feet 4 inches. In 1871 Captain Bates allowed himself to be placed on exhibit in London.

Henry Blacker lived in the 1800’s in Cuckfield, Sussex. He was known as the British Giant and stood 7 feet 4 inches.

Chang measured 8 feet 2 inches. He was placed on exhibit in London from 1865-1866 and once again in 1880.

Robert Wadlow was born in Alton, Illinois in 1918. He was simply known as the Alton Giant measuring 8 feet 11.1 inches. His shoe size was 18½ inches long and his hands measured 12 ¾ inches from his wrist to the tip of the middle finger. He wore a size 25 ring.
He died in 1940 at the age of 22 from an infected blister on his right ankle. A special coffin measuring 10 feet 9 inches had to be made.

Tallest Famous Folks

Robert Wadlow

Ukrainian Gulliver: a huge man in a tiny village

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