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City Of Kuttawa

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82 Cedar St, Kuttawa, KY 42055
http://www.kuttawaky.org
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The city of Kuttawa, which was named for the Shawnee Indian word meaning 'Beautiful' was founded by Governor Charles Anderson in 1871 and chartered by the State of Kentucky on February 5, 1872. Anderson was born June 1, 1814 in the small Jefferson Cou...read more
The city of Kuttawa, which was named for the Shawnee Indian word meaning 'Beautiful' was founded by Governor Charles Anderson in 1871 and chartered by the State of Kentucky on February 5, 1872. Anderson was born June 1, 1814 in the small Jefferson County, Kentucky community called Soldier's Retreat. He eventually moved to Ohio and became the governor of that state. He loved all forms of art and was an avid nature enthusiast. Combining these two interests, he became one of the earliest landscape architects in the area. Kuttawa was not only known for Its beauty, but also for its industrial enterprise and commercial progressiveness. The iron ore found in and around Kuttawa was the source of a boom, many furnaces were located in or around the town. The most famous one was Suwanee Furnace, a mile west of Kuttawa. It was while working at this furnace that William Kelley discovered the steel process which revolutionized the metal industry for all time. The process is known world over as the Besemer Process of Steel. The factories which sprung up almost from its beginning were among the largest in the South. Kuttawa was the home of the largest spoke factory In the world. The local merchants were known for their thrift and enterprise. The business life of Kuttawa continued to prosper for the first half of the twentieth century, shifting from one emphasis to another as. the times demanded. In the late 1940s, rumors began to circulate that the United States Corps of Engineers were considering the construction of a dam on the Cumberland River just below Kuttawa. The dam was to flood a large part of the town if impounded. In 1954, authorization for this dam was given by Congress. Acquisition of property began that same year. Eventually, after a long, drawn-out process, the entire business district and a good portion of the residential area was purchased by the government. Residents whose families had lived in this beautiful little city for generations were uprooted, and the entire pattern of life for the people of Kuttawa was dead. Much confusion and heartache followed. However, great determination was shown by a group of citizens who formed a non-profit organization called the Kuttawa Relocation Corporation. With their combined efforts and finances, new land was purchased and plans were drawn for a new business district and residential area which were annexed to the remaining portion of the original Kuttawa. When the buildings were removed and the waters of the new lake were impounded, most of the older part of Kuttawa and many of the new residential lots faced beautiful Lake Barkley. Time will tell what the relocation of Kuttawa will mean to its future. It can never be the same as it was before the lake came: but then what city, large or small, is the same as it was 15 years ago. It is assured, however, that with the determination and love that both the old and new citizens are showing for this little city, Kuttawa will have a future filled with growth, community spirit, and pride.
 
 

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The city of Kuttawa, which was named for the Shawnee Indian word meaning 'Beautiful' was founded by Governor Charles Anderson in 1871 and chartered by the State of Kentucky on February 5, 1872. Anderson was born June 1, 1814 in the small Jefferson County, Kentucky community called Soldier's Retreat. He eventually moved to Ohio and became the governor of that state. He loved all forms of art and was an avid nature enthusiast. Combining these two interests, he became one of the earliest landscape architects in the area. Kuttawa was not only known for Its beauty, but also for its industrial enterprise and commercial progressiveness. The iron ore found in and around Kuttawa was the source of a boom, many furnaces were located in or around the town. The most famous one was Suwanee Furnace, a mile west of Kuttawa. It was while working at this furnace that William Kelley discovered the steel process which revolutionized the metal industry for all time. The process is known world over as the Besemer Process of Steel. The factories which sprung up almost from its beginning were among the largest in the South. Kuttawa was the home of the largest spoke factory In the world. The local merchants were known for their thrift and enterprise. The business life of Kuttawa continued to prosper for the first half of the twentieth century, shifting from one emphasis to another as. the times demanded. In the late 1940s, rumors began to circulate that the United States Corps of Engineers were considering the construction of a dam on the Cumberland River just below Kuttawa. The dam was to flood a large part of the town if impounded. In 1954, authorization for this dam was given by Congress. Acquisition of property began that same year. Eventually, after a long, drawn-out process, the entire business district and a good portion of the residential area was purchased by the government. Residents whose families had lived in this beautiful little city for generations were uprooted, and the entire pattern of life for the people of Kuttawa was dead. Much confusion and heartache followed. However, great determination was shown by a group of citizens who formed a non-profit organization called the Kuttawa Relocation Corporation. With their combined efforts and finances, new land was purchased and plans were drawn for a new business district and residential area which were annexed to the remaining portion of the original Kuttawa. When the buildings were removed and the waters of the new lake were impounded, most of the older part of Kuttawa and many of the new residential lots faced beautiful Lake Barkley. Time will tell what the relocation of Kuttawa will mean to its future. It can never be the same as it was before the lake came: but then what city, large or small, is the same as it was 15 years ago. It is assured, however, that with the determination and love that both the old and new citizens are showing for this little city, Kuttawa will have a future filled with growth, community spirit, and pride.