Kentucky County, Virginia formed
Linn Station was formed as more settlers
traveled into the area that is now known as Jefferson County.
George Rogers Clark establishes a fort
on Corn Island.
The "Plan of the Town of Louisville on
the Ohio" was made by
early trustees. Lots would occupy both
sides of Main Street.
Jefferson County was Chartered
Louisville was named for Louis XVI because
of the aid given to the
American Colonies by the country of France.
Louisville's first General Store opened.
The first log courthouse was built at
a cost of $309.79.
Louisville's first brick house was built.
The first house of Worship was begun
at 12th and Main Streets.
Kentucky was formally admitted to the
Union on June 1st.
The first Louisville post office opened
on 5th and Main Streets.
The first oceangoing ship came to Louisville
with 720 barrels of flour.
Population of Jefferson County: 8,754
The first newspaper, "Farmer's Liberty"
The first theatre was built, "City Theatre".
Main Street was paved between 3rd and
Year of "No Summer", cold temperatures
allowed no crops to be harvested.
The first hosipital, Louisville Marine
Hospital was begun.
Death of George Rogers Clark at Locust
Horse races were held at the foot of
Main and 16th streets.
Penn's "Advertiser" became the first
The city was incorporated with a population
The first public school was opened.
The Louisville Hotel was built.
Bourbon Stockyards opened.
The first Galt House Hotel opened
at 2nd and Main streets.
The Louisville Gas Company was incorporated.
Louisville became the first city in the
West to light its streets with gas lamps.
The state institute for the Blind was
The University of Louisville was incorporated.
Telegraph services began in Louisville
on December 29th.
Cave Hill Cementary was dedicated.
Louisville was the 10th largest city
in the United States.
The Louisville Water Company was created.
The YMCA was founded.
The rails were laid for the Louisville
/ Nashville Railroad.
The Fire Deparment was organized.
The first train departed from Louisville
and arrived in Nashville 10 hours later.
The Civil War began.
Louisville Transfer Company (yellow cabs)
began operation using carriages.
The first recorded game of Baseball was
played here with Louisville
winning 20-5 over Nashville.
The National Tobacco Fair was held
The Macauley Theatre was erected.
"Louisville's Journal" and "Courier Democrat"
joined to form the "Courier-Journal" newspaper.
The beginning of the Louisville Free
The first african-american school was
Churchill Downs was established.
The first Kentucky Derby was held
with Aristides as the winner.
Electricity was first used for a commercial
Work began on the Crescent Hill reservior.
American Printing House for the Blind
The Edison Telephone Company was organized
on 3rd Street.
Two public parks opened: Phoenix Hill
The Filson Club, named for Kentucky's
first historian, is founded.
The first "super market" of its day opened
on Market Street.
The "Daisy Line" streetcar opened its
line serving Kentucky and New Albany by way on the Kentucky and Indiana railroad bridge.
The first Louisville free kindergarten
934 Buildings were erected , including
Louisville first skyscraper was built,
the Columbia Building, standing 10 stories high.
Union Station opened and the Metropolitan
Opera presented its first concert.
Louisville was the largest Tobacco
market in the world.
The first electrically-powered automobiles
appeared in Louisville.
The first "Kentucky Fair" was held at
The first moving picture house was built,
called the "Dreamland", it was the third picture house in the United States.
The Fairground opened with the largest
livestock pavilion in the world.
The Majestic Theatre enlarged to become
one of the first Palace Movie Houses.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company merged.
The first local transportation began
with "jitney" buses for 5 cents a ride.
The first motor truck freight line in
the state was established.
WHAS Radio went on the air on July 18th,
the first radio station in Kentucky.
Louisville was the 24th largest city
in the United States.
Kosair Hospital opened.
J.B. Speed Art Museum opened.
The Yellow Taxi Airline Company
flew its first passengers to Cincinnati.
Bowman Field was purchased by the
city for an airport.
The George Rogers Clark bridge was dedicated.
The Great Depression began.
Camp Knox (Fort Knox) was made a permanent
military post and the national depository for gold bullion.
WAVE Radio Station was established.
Regular air mail service began.
Attack on Pearl Harbor and war was declared
Land for Standiford Field was acquired.
The Kentucky Exposition Center was chartered.
WAVE-TV aired its first televison program:
the Male/Manual football game.
Louisville adopted its official flag.
The Chamber of Commerce was organized
City Hospital opened.
Black students attended classes with
white students in public schools.
Waterson Interstate Highway system began.
Interstate 64 was opened between Frankfort
Jefferson County purchased the Belle
The Sherman Minton Bridge opened.
The new Galt House Hotel was erected.
The River City Mall opened as a pedestrial
The First National Tower, then the city's
tallest skyscraper was erected.
The Belvedere, a public plaza, was built
overlooking the Ohio River.
The Transit Authority of River City (TARC)
acquired the mass transit system.
Walnut street was renamed Muhammad Ali
Boulevard in honor of the Louisville native.
The Galleria, a downtown shopping center,
opened with 88 shops and restaurants.
The Kentucky Center of the Arts was erected
on Main Street.
The Humana Building was erected using
granite from 5 countries.
Gene Snyder Freeway was completed.
The Aegon Center, standing at 35 Stories,
became the tallest skyscraper in the State of Kentucky.
Construction of the Landing at Riverside
The city of Louisville and Jefferson
County merge to form, Metro Louisville.