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Nestled in a natural bowl created by surrounding foothills, Bowling Green has become the commercial, educational, medical, and retail hub of south-central Kentucky. Although Bowling Green claims itself as the home of such American icons as Duncan Hines and the Corvette, it is anything but a stereotypical place. As the state's fifth-largest city, Bowling Green boasts the second-largest number of restaurants per capita in the country, the Commonwealth's fastest-growing university, and the most ethnically diverse population in the state. Since its founding in 1798, Bowling Green has continued to accumulate a fascinating history and cultivate a promising future. Images of America: Bowling Green highlights and celebrates this dynamic city's development from an agricultural trading center to a city of culture, education, and prosperity. Featuring images of Lost River Cave, Beech Bend, Fountain Square Park, and the 1937 flood, readers are taken on a journey through Bowling Green's history and its beloved landmarks and citizens.



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Arcadia Publishing


Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina


History | United States History


Jonathan Jeffrey, is the Department Head for the Department of Library Special Collections and the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Coordinator. He is responsible for managing the department and for acquiring, accessioning, cataloging, and providing reference services for unique manuscript items as well as folklore collections.

Reprinted from Bowling Green by Jonathan Jeffrey (Arcadia Publishing, 2003).

Bowling Green