Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @

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Jeremy said...

It's the best! If there's one thing the blog lacks, having been written by me, is that I don't have any personal experiences of the old days (wasn't around then) to offer. I'm hoping to get more of these personal stories so we can offer a couple of different perspectives. Thank you very much for your contribution!

12:42 PM
Ken Downing said...

Thanks for including my 1950s Maysville article

6:50 AM

The Post:

Best of the Blog: Top 25 Posts of 2006

There were 366 posts to the Maysville Kentucky Blog in 2006 (one day I posted twice). For the best of 2006, I forced myself to narrow it down to the Top 25 I had the most attachment to. These may not necessarily be the best, but they're the ones that stuck out to me the most (in no particular order). Great reading in case you are nursing a hangover on New Year's Day!

Video File: Maysville Joyride! - With a video camera strapped to the top of a remote control car, we explore Maysville Kentucky's downtown streets - and get a few stares.

Exploring Maysville's Bermuda Triangle - The story of a corner of the Ohio River that sucks boats in and never lets them go.

Video File: Homefront Cafe - Video I made for my parent's coffee house and Civil War museum on Second Street.

Spooky Footage of Hayswood Hospital - Is the Hayswood Hospital in downtown Maysville haunted? Judge for yourself.

Ancient Civilization Beneath Kentucky - Ancient mysteries and lost civilizations buried in the soil near Maysville.

Maysville 50 Years Ago: One Man's Recollections - Contributing blogger, Ken Downing, shares his memories of Maysville Kentucky during the 1950s. 

Hendrickson's Magic Window - Just one of those weird things in Maysville that are often overlooked.

Getting Lost in Maysville - Confusing road layouts lead to humorous signs.

Mystery Table at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum - An antique table at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum in Old Washington may be a lot more.

How Maysville Kentucky Gave Birth To Cincinnati - Find out how horse thieves from the Maysville area gave birth to one of the largest cities in the Midwest. 

Weird Things In The Ohio River - An octopus, crocodiles, and pirannahs are some of the weird things pulled from the Ohio River over the years. 

Amazing Video: My Old Kentucky Home - Passengers returning from a trip to Europe suddenly break out in a deeply nostalgic rendition of Kentucky's theme song. 

Kentucky Ain't Just For Rednecks No Mo' - How Kentucky is making great strides to distance themselves from the redneck stereotype. 

The Strange Tale Of The Steamer Magnolia - The spectacular explosion of a steamer near Maysville Kentucky and the no less amazing backstory of the boat. 

Maysville Bridge Photos, Interesting Viewpoint - One of the engineers working on the maintenance of Maysville bridges brings a camera along, providing rare top-down photographs of the area. 

The Asparagus Bed of Mason County - How May's Lick became known as the "Asparagus Bed", despite the fact that little asparagus is actually grown there.

Pardon My French - Kentucky's obsession with naming towns with French words dates back to the visit of Marquis de Lafayette to Maysville in the 1800s. We've been butchering the pronunciations ever since.

How Bourbon Got It's Name - How Maysville Kentucky as a port on the Ohio River led to the naming of one of the world's most popular whiskeys. 

The Strange Death of Capt. Thomas Mantell - Airforce pilot Capt. Thomas Mantell chases a UFO over Maysville before perishing in a mysterious crash. 

Finding A Community Identity - Some personal opinions of how Maysville Kentucky can improve its community identity. 

Exploring the Maysville Academy Site - While taking my dog for a walk downtown, we stopped in to explore the ruins of the old Maysville Academy, where back in the day President Grant attended as a boy. 

New Orleans Influence in Maysville Architecture - After the Katrina Disaster, I wrote about the influence of New Orleans on local architecture, telling the story of how one man's gambling in New Orleans led to a Maysville icon. 

The Cox Building, Never a Masonic Temple? - The speculative history behind one of Maysville Kentucky's most ornate buildings. 

Maysville & The God**** Hippies - Four part series examining Maysville's role in the American counter-culture explosion of the 1960s.

Maysville Kentucky: Six Degrees From Billy the Kid - A guy from Maysville was at the death of Billy the Kid. Find out how he came to be there.