Old Louisville Guide
Old Louisville History
While this section is being assembled, there is plenty to preview below. Rather than giving you a capsule history (which you can find by clicking here), we are in the midst of an ambitious project of a comprehensive section to include everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Old Louisville, plus much more you didn't.
Our city directory compilations now have over 64,000 total listings by householder name-address-year order spanning over 50 years from the 1880s to the 1930s. We hope this will be useful to Old Louisville homeowners trying to dig out the past history of their homes. If your Street, Block or House is not listed at this time, please check back as this section will continue to grow.
Caron's City Directory Street Listings for Old Louisville 1884-1921, with 1927, 1933 & 1938 in Microsoft Excel 2000 format. Presently includes 1st (most), 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, Magnolia, Park, Ormsby, St James & Belgravia Courts, some of Brook Street, and is a work in progress. St. James Court, and certain other small block-areas are problematic & will require further research on the earlier dates to fully match the correct old address with the present houses. HTML formatted pages are also in planning.
Data Files last updated 19 March 2009 .
Timelines contain the most data (block by block, year by year):
- Carons.xls 1.7mb, right click to save to your computer, or click on the link to open in Internet Explorer browser.
- Carons.zip 0.5mb, same as above, compressed. Download only, Use zip utility to extract
For an alternate way to look at the data (these are not updated as often, except for the ALL-byName file, so the files above will be more complete):
sorted by householder name:
- Carons-1stStByName.xls (733kb), Carons-1stStByName.zip (153kb): 1st St residents by name from Kentucky Street to Avery/Cardinal Blvd, complete city directory listing for heads of households through 1912, partial thereafter. (3,745 name/year listings)
- Carons-2ndStByName.xls (1.7mb), Carons-2ndStByName.zip (377kb): 2nd St residents by name from Kentucky Street to Avery/Cardinal Blvd, complete city directory listing for heads of households through 1912, partial thereafter. (8,755 name/year listings)
- Carons-3rdStByName.xls (1.9mb), Carons-3rdStByName.zip (403kb): 3rd St residents by name from Kentucky Street to Avery/Cardinal Blvd, complete city directory listing for heads of households. (10,228 name/year listings)
- Carons-4thStByName.xls (2.1mb), Carons-4thStByName.zip (459kb): 4th St residents by name from Kentucky Street to Avery/Cardinal Blvd, complete city directory listing for heads of households. (10,595 name/year listings)
- Carons-6thStByName.xls (1.1mb), Carons-6thStByName.zip (254kb): 6th St residents by name from St Catherine Street to beyond Hill St, complete city directory listing for heads of households. (5,470 name/year listings)
- Carons-BelgraviaByName.xls (201kb), Carons-BelgraviaByName.zip (41kb): Belgravia Court complete. (1,057 name/year listings)
- Carons-StJamesByName.xls (334kb), Carons-StJamesByName.zip (73kb): St. James Court. (1,508 name/year listings). Do not trust any name/address match before 1902, as the early address system was confusing and we have not yet sorted it all out. Any help here would be appreciated.
- Carons-MagnoliaByName.xls (326kb), Carons-MagnoliaByName.zip (70kb): E & W Magnolia complete. (1,443 name/year listings)
- Carons-OrmsbyByName.xls (573kb), Carons-OrmsbyByName.zip (123kb): E & W Ormsby complete. (2755 name/year listings)
- Carons-ALL-byName.xls (7.2mb), Carons-ALL-byName.zip (1.7mb): Combined files above for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th St. James & Belgravia Court with additions (45,072 name/year listings, some with occupations and notes)
All Sourced from the city directory or census listings by street 1884-1921+, sortable. Zip files are for download only, Use zip utility to extract. You will need Microsoft Excel 1998-2000 or later to read these files.
- Column headings are as follows: Street, Block (present block, e.g. 1200, 1300), Year, Bldg (Building, such as apartment house name) Old (address before 1909), New (address after 1908), Side (e,w,n,s), Src (or Source, d=city directory, c=census), Name (householder name last, first, or business/institution name), notes if any
- In the name-sorted index many short term residents, later apartment residents are omitted. Those names can be found on the timeline at the appropriate address.
Follow this link to correlate the addresses to the pictures of the houses as we grow this Block by block pictorial index of buildings in Old Louisville. Old Louisville Block by Block (this is another work in progress, so patience will be needed until all of Old Louisville is represented)
If you have any information about particular residents on the list that you'd like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conventions used should be fairly evident. Full explanation will follow at some point. At this time, for clarification, the columns "old" and "new" refer to the address before and after the 1908/1909 address changes.
Census records include all members of a household as of June 1 of the census year, as well as demographic data. This file includes some very preliminary data from the 1900 Census, MS Excel 2000 format:
Census1900.zip 82k - a beginning, partial 20th & 44th precincts only at this point, 1125 name listings. Collecting data from 1880, 1900, 1910 & 1920 for eventual compilation.
We recommend "Winzip" for your .zip utility, shareware at www.winzip.com
These files will be updated here approximately monthly, and reflect the previous month's work. They will likely split in the future into separate streets as the size of the individual files becomes unmanageable, and eventually exported into a database format.
All data here is free for you to use for personal non-commercial, research and limited commercial purposes providing you cite OldLouisville.com. Most of the data contained is in the public domain, but these directory & census compilations, which include some corrections to the original sources, are
© OldLouisville.com 2002-2006.
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History of Central Park
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Pictures, Vintage Post Card Views,
Calendar of Events,
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Louisville Places, Our Lost Landmarks,
Old Louisville, the Way it Was,
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