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Travelers' accounts report that wild strawberries were so abundant when the first settlers entered Warren County they stained the legs of horses and cattle red. Farmers grew, and sold locally, improved domesticated varieties in the nineteenth century. As production grew in the early twentieth century growers shipped tens of thousands of crates to various American cities. Strawberries ceased to be a major cash crop in Warren County by the late 1950s.

Men unload crates of strawberries at the loading shed, Tenth and Adams streets, nd. In 1910, 14,604 crates of strawberries, filling 39 railroad cars, were sent to markets in Louisville, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Springfield. Each car carried 12,000-14,000 pounds of ice to cool the produce.


Warren County, Kentucky, Strawberries


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