Henderson County, Kentucky History

A Railroad Curiosity

History of Henderson County, KY by E. L. Starling, Page 167


As an evidence of the progress of the age, it may be noted that during this year upon a circular track, in George Atkinson's Factory, formerly Audubon's Mill, was exhibited a small locomotive made several years before at Lexington, by Mr. Thomas H. Barlow. To this locomotive was attached a small car, in which many people took their first railroad ride. This miniature engine ran smoothly, and was a great curiosity. A small amount was charged for riding, which the people paid most cheerfully. This was the first railroad or railroad engine and car ever seen by but very few, if any, of the citizens of Henderson.


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