Valley Station history.
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Opie

Louisville, KY

#1 Oct 4, 2007
Hello, Does anyone remember Valley Station in the good ole days? The schools, businesses or just people. Social hangouts etc. I am very interested in our history.
Opie

Louisville, KY

#2 Oct 4, 2007
Here is a good site. Can you add anything?:

http://www.courier-journal.com/reweb/communit...
Barbara Gass-Wagner

Lexington, KY

#3 Dec 29, 2007
Opie wrote:
Hello, Does anyone remember Valley Station in the good ole days? The schools, businesses or just people. Social hangouts etc. I am very interested in our history.
yes, as a matter of fact I was raised in Valley Village, the A&W was a car hop, and the car hops (which I was one) wore brown skirts and white blouses and roller skates. I was 15 when I worked there. As a teen we had the Valley Drive In theater and the Valley Teen Club, which was on Dixie Hwy. about where the entrance to LG&E is now. The local bands played on Friday and Saturday and the Caravans where our most used band. Robert and Byron Pendleton and Billy Mabrey, Billy Bryant, Mike Kessinger. All of the band players lived in the Valley Station and Pleasure Ridge area. Mrs. Hair, Mary and Raymond Gass and Fay Butler run the teen club. It didn't even have a restroom, it had two outhouses in the back. Now that is going back some. There was hardly any businesses in the area, but there was a Frost Top where you could get corn dogs and hamburgers, and of course the Ranch House where as young drivers we would go around and around visiting all our friends. And you ordered from a menu on a stand and waitresses brought your food to you on a tray that hooked to your window. AWW that was the good old days. McDonalds which is on Dixie Hwy in Pleasure Ridge was just a drive through and teens drove around and around that too. That was in 1964 and 1965. There was a straight away on Hwy. 44, and we would go there and race two cars at a time. Gas was only $.25 cents a gallon. Man don't we wish that was still true. There was Watson's Food Market on Watson Lane, owned by Ronald and Katherine Watson. During the flood of either 62 or 63 Watson's was the only grocery not flooded and my Dad would take my Mom to work (at Watson's food Market) in a little boat with a small motor, some of the men who had small boats would go to the grocery and bring neighbors who won't leave their homes, essentials to get them through. My Mom still has pictures of the flood and some of the men delivering groceries. There was Pace's Gas station, which was the one and only gas station when I moved here in 1954. The we got others and it just kept getting bigger. But the memories are still there, and it is fun to say to friend "Do you remember when"
Teacher

Ft Mitchell, KY

#4 Jan 6, 2008
We are working on a Peace Campaign where half of our students reside in Valley Station.
We want our students to be proud of where they live and realize their voice is important in making positive changes in their neighborhoods.
Our students have composed poetry that has been published in The courier Journal and featured on the local news. We even had a visit from The Exiled King of Rwanda. Point is we have some excellent and talented students from Valley Station area. Why is it such a challenge to change the reputation of our school?
Moan A Lisa

Eddyville, KY

#5 Jan 25, 2008
Valley High needs serious changes. It's a sad day when kids are cussing each other out in front of teachers and they act like they can't hear them.
Lora

Radcliff, KY

#6 Jun 5, 2008
I remember when I was little one of my favorite places to go was the skating rink on Valley station road . It was next to the old meltons if I remember correctly . Which is now some type of sporting goods store.My friends and I spend hours there. We also use to go to the westland mall as teens , to movies and stores , which is now park place mall. You use to be able to walk thru it and goto stores and arcades and movies. It was a huge hangout for young teens in the 70's of valley station.
Lora

Radcliff, KY

#7 Jun 5, 2008
Oh forgot to mention that the skating rink burnt down and they never replaced it :(
deb d

Trinity, TX

#8 Feb 6, 2010
oh wow I grew up there in the 60's and 70's.remember all the same as stated, remember when robert frost was built then went there, 67 68 69, then on to valley high, got kicked out in 71 for being pregnant. oh yeah went to watson lane elementary too as did my 6 siblings, still have friends who live in valley station from those years, I loved the skating rink, and the drive inn was my fav,
i remember

Fairborn, OH

#9 Feb 15, 2010
That skating rink was lost in the April 4th tornado in the 70s
curious

Henderson, KY

#10 Apr 14, 2010
Does anyone know Glen Jones that grew up in that area? I have been trying to get in touch with him for several years. Its so difficult to find a person after you loose contact.
John

La Grange, KY

#11 Jun 18, 2010
Champs Skating Rink was NOT a casualty of the 74 tornado(s). It burned down at least a year after, I am thinking 75 or 76. I clearly remember going to Champs in 7th and 8th grade, and the 74 tornado occured while I was in 6th grade (at Valley Elementary, just s stones throw from the skating rink)
Deepwater

Franklin, TN

#12 Jul 11, 2010
Lora wrote:
I remember when I was little one of my favorite places to go was the skating rink on Valley station road . It was next to the old meltons if I remember correctly . Which is now some type of sporting goods store.My friends and I spend hours there. We also use to go to the westland mall as teens , to movies and stores , which is now park place mall. You use to be able to walk thru it and goto stores and arcades and movies. It was a huge hangout for young teens in the 70's of valley station.
Champ's! Our garage band used to play there.
bill evans

Independence, KY

#13 Apr 28, 2011
anyone remember the kayo gas station and sweet shop next to valley high and burger chef on valley station rd.i grew up in valley downs in the sixties and seventies.
Cindy Dayton Dillard

Tampa, FL

#14 May 16, 2011
Opie wrote:
Hello, Does anyone remember Valley Station in the good ole days? The schools, businesses or just people. Social hangouts etc. I am very interested in our history.
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I lived in Valley Station in 1955 and 1956. We lived down the street from Valley Station High School. In the summer almost all the neighbors on the street would walk down to the high school, picnic area, children with their mothers, and have a picnic lunch.

In the evenings in the summer, we would walk down to the high school pool where they had water ballet.

On Friday nights we would go to Mike Linings and sat outside at picnic tables and had fried fish. On the weekends we would go down to a cabin on the Ohio River. Those were some of the best memories that I had as a child. Those were the "good ole" days.
Post Office User

Centerville, TX

#15 May 25, 2011
The Valley Station Post Office opened in 1962

THEY ARE TRYING TO CLOSE THE Valley Station Post Office!! Call your politicians, your neighbors, your local business owners - this has to be STOPPED!

A couple of years ago they tried to close the 40272 post office and through the efforts of a bunch of us putting out petitions and getting the press involved, we saved the Valley Station Post Office - IT IS TIME TO DO IT AGAIN!! The closest Post Office will be either PRP (Greenwood road) or West Point if OUR post office is closed.
my2hands

Louisville, KY

#16 May 26, 2011
My grandpa told me that Deering road use to be called Stump ally and I verified that on some old maps. They originally built deering road as a bypass around a stage coach toll gate on dixie hwy right about at Ashby ln.
My grandmother grew up off johnsontown road and told me they use to have big concerts and partys in a field across from her house. She also told me of the original medora school that use to be on the corner of pendelton and orell rd..some of her close relatives went there and worked at the cotton farm down and across the street.

Just from a little research ive done on my own... on the other side of the tracks from that old champs and old meltons was a train station. Across the street from stuart middle school there use to be an old horse racing track for the locals. The abandon street behind the dairy queen off flowervale (part of orell) use to be part of the original dixie hwy. There use to be an old dirt road that ran between the hills connecting valley station road and blevins gap. Now called Dodge gap it went from scotts gap road all the way through the hills and connected to dodge ln to end up out at the original kennedy house by stuart. There is allot of history to be discovered in our area and I love digging and uncovering all the great history we have here. Lets keep these comments going and see how much we can discover.
Bill

Louisville, KY

#17 Jul 26, 2011
My Great-Grandmother Sadie Scott grew up on a plantation in Orell, Kentucky. This is within the vicinity of Valley Station. Orell road remains.
I have not researched this but it is likely the 'Scott's Gap Road' was an extension of this plantation. Part of the Scott's original land was sold to the government for use by the Fort Knox encampment.
Neither of Sadie's parents could read or write. A lawyer, promising them more, lured them into signing the plantation away. They lived their final days in a one room shack built for them in Kansas by my great-grandfather.
Elizabeth

Saint Petersburg, FL

#18 Jul 17, 2012
Lora wrote:
Oh forgot to mention that the skating rink burnt down and they never replaced it :(
Hi Lora, my grandfather built that rink and I spent hours upon hours there...I never owned skates but my friends did and I was so envious.
Rob Keith

Shelburne, VT

#19 Jul 21, 2012
I grew up in Valley Station on Old Third Street Road...lived there from 1954 (born) till I went away to college in 74. I remember the day that Champ's Valley Rollerdrome burned to the ground. It was during the summer of 75 or 76 (I think it was 76)and I was driving home from working the night shift at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. I was home from college for the summer. I was on Old Third Street Road at about Windsor Forest headed toward Dixie Highway and I remember seeing a plume of smoke off in the distance...BIG. I wondered what was burning. When I got home I went straight to bed and didn't find out till the evening news that day when I got up that that Valley Station institution that nearly every kid from that era was well acquainted with had burned down. I was so sad when I heard.
Rob Keith

Shelburne, VT

#20 Jul 21, 2012
John wrote:
Champs Skating Rink was NOT a casualty of the 74 tornado(s). It burned down at least a year after, I am thinking 75 or 76. I clearly remember going to Champs in 7th and 8th grade, and the 74 tornado occured while I was in 6th grade (at Valley Elementary, just s stones throw from the skating rink)
This is true...it was NOT a causalty of the April 3 74 tornado....see my post below for my account of it.

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