A Ghoulish Walking Tour in Lexington

The BGT deTour this month is more than just a walking tour. It's a ghoulish walking tour featuring the torrid tales of Lexington's past. Plus, a lot of interesting history!

Local folklorist and ghost guide Kevin Steele will lead the tour that will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 near the corner of West Second and Jefferson Streets.

Daniel Midkiff rose from 'Inmate' to a leader in the Sport of Kings

This now-demolished structure at 224 Walton Avenue is zoned commercial in an area that is being revitalized as The Warehouse Block. A demolition permit was sought on September 23, 2015 for the 1,052 square foot house that, according to the PVA website, dates to 1946.

The house, however, looks and is quite older.

A Sanborn Map of Lexington from 1920 reveals that a similarly designed structure (1.5 story dwelling with full front porch) then existed at 224 Walton Avenue. So I would suggest that the structure was built ca 1910-1920.

Sometimes, however, a seemingly inconspicuous home has a rich history. That is the case here.

Lost Lexington Coming to the University of Kentucky

In April 2015, I was honored to receive the Excellence in Writing Award from the University of Kentucky's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Design. It is always rewarding to be honored by your alma mater, but it is unique when it is for something so distant from your academic career (my UK degrees are in accounting and law).

The accolade arose from my creation of this website and the publication of Lost Lexington. Later this month, I'm returning to campus for what I'm told is the inaugural event in the Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Speaker Series. There, I'll be speaking about writing the Kaintuckeean and Lost Lexington and I'll be sharing a few of the backstories from Lost Lexington.

I want to thank the Writing Center, the WRD Department and especially Professor Judi Prats (who incidentally taught me a 100-level English class when I was a UK undergraduate) for hosting this event.

And, since the event is open to the public -- I hope you'll join the festivities!

Remembering September 11

It was my senior year of high school when a friend alerted me that a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center towers in New York. A few years earlier, he and I had travelled to NYC. Though we didn't ascend the twin towers on that trip, the iconic structures towered over other skyscrapers so that if you saw them then you would be able to figure out your bearings.

A few years before that trip, I remember walking the underground shops stories below the 110-story skyscrapers. September 11 was emotional for all Americans and we will not forget the tragedy of that day.

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