February 7, 2013
Hello from historic Adairville, Kentucky the little town with a big heart that is located between the two branches of the Red River. In early times settlers liked to homestead fertile land near creeks, lakes and rivers. They built their cabins in locations that they hoped would be safe from both marauding Indians and dishonest thieves of all sorts. Big old iron dinner bells were frequently the means of sending out messages to other settlers. In times of trouble the settlers would start ringing the big bells to alert others and to sometimes let them know to rush to one of the six or so “stations or forts built along the two branches of the river.
History tells us that on a number of occasions just such events occurred on both the north and south branches of the river. On one such occasion the Indians attached and burned a “station” that was just south of the south branch some where along what is now state line road. As a result a new station was built just on the north side of the river on higher ground where Adairville is located today. In fact that really was the beginning of the town. In the early part of the 1800s, nearly 200 years ago, the first streets were laid out and houses and businesses were built.
In fact there was a time when Adairville was larger than both Russellville to the north and Springfield to the south. What is now known as Highway 431 or the Old Nashville Road was first an animal trail, then and Indian trail and ultimately a pioneer/settler trail that became our major north south road of today.
In the early years the road was only about six foot wide. It was dirt with large ruts In bad weather it was often impassable. It has been written that in good weather it might an entire day to travel from Adairville to Russellville. Sometimes a day and a half. A daily stage coach ran between Nashville and Russellville when it could get through. Pack horses generally brought in goods sold at the early stores. The trail was very dangerous due to highway men who robbed and sometimes murdered those brave enough to travel the trail. Also there was always the possibility of Indians attacking lonely small parties of travelers.
Finally when a small rail line was built connecting Adairville and Russellville it was a god sent for the local community. It really opened up the town.. Regardless of weather the travel time was cut to a few hours taking into account at least six to eight stops along the way. The train bypassed the bad and unsafe roads.
As life got better and people no longer depended on wood to heat and cook by the iron heater and stoves fired by coal, became the replacements. Coal, dug in western Kentucky,became vital to the town. The train, or “Adairville Dinky”, became the vital transport for coal and many of the goods sold at the local town.. It also carried the important mail considered so important to everyone in Adairville. The first banks in the town no longer depended on the stage coach to transport their money. They could do it more safely by train.
There was talk and plans announced several times to connect the rail line on to Springfield and ultimately to Nashville. That never happened. Ultimately, with better roads, the automobile and trucks the need for the railroad declined. Ultimately some 80 years ago the train stopped coming and the rail lines were torn up and hauled away. Today the Adairville Dinky remains alive only in the memories of just a few.
Mayor Donna Blake sent the following news: There will be a series of Cornhole Tournaments on the square in Adairville beginning in March. The dates are March 24, April 13, May 18, June 15 (possibly the 22), July 13, August 17, September 14, and October 19. Start getting your teams together. The overall winners will be the official Adairville and Logan County champions.
Youth Sports is up and running again. Sign up your child at the Adairville City Hall. Call for more information.
The restored Summer League Play in Adairville:
Boys Ages - 5 & 6 Must be 5 by 7-31-13.
Boys Ages - 7 & 8 Must be 7 by 5-1-13.
Girls softball - 5, 6 & 7
Girls softball - 10 and under.
Girls softball - 12 and under.
Clay Bilyeu will be doing karaoke this Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. at 431 Grill in Adairville. (On the square.) It is always a fun night with Clay and Timmy. The food is good at the 431 Grill so what better way to have a great time right here in town. Show your community spirit and support.
Eddy and Reta Buton’s son, David, was scheduled to under go cancer surgery in Nashville yesterday. I have not heard any results.
Grace Sowell mother of several, grand mother of many and great grand mother of a lot of kids was 92 years young on February 5.
The famous “Granny Faye” of Adairville has asked that the churches offer prayers for the Burtons young son who is suffering from cancer.
The Adairville Hardware Store is continuing with it’s winter sale. They do have salt to melt snow and ice. They also have gloves, foam to cover any openings where a cold draft can come in, coverings for exposed pipes and several other items that will be of help in the coming cold weather. They may have one or two electric heaters left. You may want to stock up before another week goes by.
Mrs. Nancy beautiful gift shop across from the BP has several winter and Valentine sales going on. The jewelry, UT clocks, bears, throws all are available at special low prices. Buy something for your mom, wife or sweet heart for Valentines. If there is no one to buy it for you then go buy it for yourself..You will be glad you did.
The Adairville Feed Mill is offering a great price on cat and dog food this month. They also have several medications and other supplies available.
Since the two Trimble brothers married, the crown for most eligible bachelor in Adairville has been vacant. Now the new vote has been taken and the winners are again two brothers - Keith and Clay Barbee. Good luck ladies! No telling how long they will hold the title.
With A Smile
“From the Bannister of Life:”
1) Transvestite: A guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary.
2) The difference between the Pope and your boss, the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.
3) My mind works like lightning, one brilliant flash and its gone.
4) The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you’re in the bathroom.
5) My idea of a Super Bowl is a toilet that cleans itself.
TIME TO GO
Good night Virginia Lloyd, the ladies at the Mt. Herman Baptist Church, the Adairville Church of Christ, the good cooks at the Adairville Methodist Church, Alberta Sanders, Nannette King and her mom, “Sweet Bertie Angel and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.