memories of the 60s and 70s growing up in Jefferson County

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grandma now

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#1 Dec 8, 2008
i rember going to an amusement park i think called fountain ??? i also remeber another but it seems like it was off taylor blvd area? There was a department store either across the street or close by can anyone help with the names and exact locals of these 2 places Thanks
frank zzzzz

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#2 Dec 8, 2008
fountain ferry is what it was called i think it was by the river somewhere..
Boom

Cave City, KY

#3 Dec 8, 2008
Fountain Ferry. Then it was Ghost Town on the river, then River Glen Park I think. My grandpa used to work at Fountain Ferry and I remember we used to get in with Pepsi bottle tops. The old rollercoaster stood for years after the park closed but they eventually tore it down. I also remember Dude Ranch down there and the old skating rink. There was an ice cream place we used to go to across from the amusement park too. It's a shame they couldn't keep the hoodlums from tearing the place apart or setting it on fire. Oh the memories you've brought back with this one.
grandma now

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#4 Dec 8, 2008
Boom wrote:
Fountain Ferry. Then it was Ghost Town on the river, then River Glen Park I think. My grandpa used to work at Fountain Ferry and I remember we used to get in with Pepsi bottle tops. The old rollercoaster stood for years after the park closed but they eventually tore it down. I also remember Dude Ranch down there and the old skating rink. There was an ice cream place we used to go to across from the amusement park too. It's a shame they couldn't keep the hoodlums from tearing the place apart or setting it on fire. Oh the memories you've brought back with this one.
I barely remeber but yet i have fond memories of going there with my grandparents parents aunts uncles it was like a big family affair going there ...I talked to my mom she said the other place i was talking about was Kiddieland across from Arlenes dept store on 7th and Berry..
Thats when life was so simple LOL

Since: Nov 08

shepherdsville in

#5 Dec 8, 2008
i loved cherokee park at the creeks and iroquois at the top ...george rogers clark they had a fountain we would play in the summer and we had easter egg hunts on easter..there was the a and w rootbeer stand close by there i loved those hot dogs back then and the ice cream place ehrlers?? all off poplar level.When i was young my grandpa would tell me about a shelter that was around there if the A bomb came down..He loved taking us for ice cream...Is george roger clark still around ??
portland57

Fort Knox, KY

#6 Dec 8, 2008
we used to walk around are neighborhood talking playing having goodtimes portland park lannon park & no.1 fountain ferry halarity hall was a quarter for all day! man the pool devil & angel slides just good neighborhood fun.... PORTLAND IS A blessed hood AND WERE NOT GIVEING IT UP //////////SUPPORT
ThoseWereTheDays

United States

#7 Dec 8, 2008
I remember Wyandotte pool when it was THE place to swim. I learned to swim there from the old man that used to throw coins into the pool.
I also, but vaguely, remember seeing my first hippie at the grocery store on Taylor Blvd.(in the Hazelwood shopping center).
The Pope

Palo Alto, CA

#8 Dec 8, 2008
ah yes, Fountaine Ferry Park!

Even though no one in Louisville or Kentucky had anything to do with Martin Luther King's death,[in fact The Southern baptist Theological Seminary offered Dr King a tenured teaching position back when the Roman Catholic churches in the area wouldn't even discuss him] the african american's in Louisville burned the park down, destroyed it and caused all profitable businesses to distance themselves as far as possible away from this element of Louisville's population.

Sigh, Fountaine ferry provided employment, joy and a sense of community to the west End of Louisville. And these people call anglo-saxon people "prejudiced!"
Boom

Cave City, KY

#9 Dec 9, 2008
I grew up @ 22nd & Griffith in Portland. The smell of Howard's Bakery's donuts in the morning, oh man! We used to walk the streets all the time and nobody bothered us. My friends and I used to play tennis at Lannon Park and we'd also go to Portland Park and swim at the pool. Or we'd take tarc out to Cresent Hill to the pool and to the cinemas. My grandma lived on Illinois Ave and we used to go to George Rogers Clark park and slide down the hills when it snowed. I remember when it was nothing but woods where the hospital, the new stores, the nursing home and all the houses are. We used to go in the woods and play all the time. I also remember Ehrlers Dairy and The Quarry Center (Rubens Pharmacy & Convenient). None of it is there anymore. Oh how I wish I could go back to those good ole days. Life was so simple but then again, we were kids and didn't have the worries we have now as adults.
dynamo hum

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#10 Dec 9, 2008
Pinecreek Fun wrote:
i loved cherokee park at the creeks and iroquois at the top ...george rogers clark they had a fountain we would play in the summer and we had easter egg hunts on easter..there was the a and w rootbeer stand close by there i loved those hot dogs back then and the ice cream place ehrlers?? all off poplar level.When i was young my grandpa would tell me about a shelter that was around there if the A bomb came down..He loved taking us for ice cream...Is george roger clark still around ??
speaking of ehrlers ,one memory i can remember was getting up at the crack of dawn and going outside with the morning fog still in the air and looking down and seeing the erhlers milk that was delivered by the front door in those glass bottles with the orange cow on the bottles. the big thing was getting outside with your friends as early as you could and staying gone ,playing in the woods or building the latest chopper bicycle with as many forks stacked up as you could.
nowdays you cant pry kids out of the house with a crowbar , but back then you got out and stayed out ,you didnt want to be anywhere near home .
Remember

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#11 Dec 9, 2008
I remember the milk man!! Did you have the milk in the brown glass bottles? Yuck! I think vitamins were added. How about the Donaldson(?) man. Delivered cakes, cookies, breads. How about Mr. Softie, the ice cream truck.
I try to get my grandchildren to watch old tv shows, Leave It To Beaver, Andy Griffith and others on cable, they just laugh at me.
Oh for the good times!
Pinecreek fun

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#12 Dec 9, 2008
Remember wrote:
I remember the milk man!! Did you have the milk in the brown glass bottles? Yuck! I think vitamins were added. How about the Donaldson(?) man. Delivered cakes, cookies, breads. How about Mr. Softie, the ice cream truck.
I try to get my grandchildren to watch old tv shows, Leave It To Beaver, Andy Griffith and others on cable, they just laugh at me.
Oh for the good times!
I forgot about the milk man im 45 and remember him delivering milk then there was the drive thru where you took empty bottles and got new ones at too...I am thankful the my grandkids love the outdoors they love the woods and parks more than video games or tv.

Since: Nov 08

shepherdsville in

#13 Dec 9, 2008
My fondest memories were at the firehouses my dad was a fireman so we spent many holidays eating there i LOVED hanging out with all the firemen and playing around the firehouses in downtown louisville..I was in awe of it all.They would let us do anything we wanted around there.. I was there a couple of times when the bell rang and they would all drop everything and take off .That was exiting and made me feel they were so important.
dynamo hum

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#14 Dec 9, 2008
these are my favorite memories growing up , NO video games ,NO cable tv, NO dvd players, NO CDs just vinyl records , NO cell phones, NO computers .NO LOLs or OMGs .
drinking water from a garden hose not a bottle,
fear of your parents when you got home from school for what you shouldnt have done at school...mom cooking dinner and the whole family eating together.. collecting pop bottles for spending money ,ehrlers milk bottles early in the morning on the front porch. collecting baseball cards (16 cards in a pack for 10cents ) now 3 or 4 cards for 3 dollars .
dads 1965 rambler with no seat belts.
candy cigarettes . respect for your parents OR ELSE .getting up at 4am for a 9 hour trip to see grandma and granpa .
pull out 6 ounce glass pop bottles from the machine for 10 cents .
burger chef and sambos restaurants . and most of all NO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS .people minding their own buisness . and the list goes on and on . times were simpler then and more fun because we used our brains 'not our fingers . being outside was the order of the day 'not staying inside all day working our thumbs .
yes i even miss adjusting our aluminum foil rabbit ear antannas to get good reception on one of our 3 tv channels . and who can forget when in 1973 they added WDRB independent 41 and rushing home from school for when it came on the air at 3pm for presto the magic clown and j fred frog lol, and who can forget randy and cactus .
yep those were the good old days...if only kids today had a clue . we had nothing but had everything.....

Since: Nov 08

shepherdsville in

#15 Dec 9, 2008
i was on the T bar V show when i was little LOL i cried the whole time though asking for my mommy sitting on randys lap i guess i was like 3 or 4..When it aired my mom thought she could take a picture of me and all we have is picture of the tv..
dynamo hum

United States

#16 Dec 9, 2008
lol thats funny, do you still have the picture of the tv ?
Remember

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#17 Dec 9, 2008
transistor radio
riding my bike a hundred miles a day
kick ball, dodge ball
catching lightning bugs
making a clover chain
and at 12 midnight, the tv went to snow

I always wanted to be on T bar V.
Boom

Cave City, KY

#18 Dec 9, 2008
Aaww, you guys are killing me. I yearn for those days again. dynamo hum you are so right. We didn't have all the gizmos they do now. We had our imaginations and our friends and we had respect for elders and each other and others' property. How did we ever survive?! The kids now wouldn't have a clue.

Since: Nov 08

shepherdsville in

#19 Dec 9, 2008
dynamo hum wrote:
lol thats funny, do you still have the picture of the tv ?
of course
citizen kane

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#20 Dec 9, 2008
Remember wrote:
transistor radio
riding my bike a hundred miles a day
kick ball, dodge ball
catching lightning bugs
making a clover chain
and at 12 midnight, the tv went to snow
I always wanted to be on T bar V.
oh yes i remember all of those kick ball and dodge ball was the best and what about listening to the radio every night while you fell asleep listening to WAKY and the popular tunes and everyone calling in making request for whoever it might be jeez that was good times...do they even teach kids kick ball or dodge ball at school anymore???

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