1864-65 Louisville City Directory

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1864-65 Louisville City Directory

Unread postby bourbonv » Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:01 am

It is Saturday morning and I am working at the Filson in the library. There is this directory sitting on the desk where I am working so I thought I would list the whiskey firms listed in the directory as a way to pass the morning.

Edward's Annual Directory for the City of Louisville, 1864-65. pp.551-552.

Anthony Jacobs & Co. 133 4th between Main and Water.
Bartlett, V.R. & Sons 62 Main between 6th & 7th.
Billing and Druesbach 310 Main between 3rd & 4th.
Block, H. & Co. 833 Main between 8th & 9th.
Boes, John & Co. 119 Market between 1st & 2nd.
Clark, James A. & Co. 219 3rd between Main and Market.
Clarke, Samuel S. 119 Market between 1st & 2nd.
Clary, Francis Main between 11th & 12th.
Cochran, John & Son 330 Main between 3rd & 4th.
Cowan, D.H. 724 Main between 7th & 8th.
Cropper, Patton & Co. 143&145 4th between Main and Water.
Crump, Ropert H. 208 Main.
Dorn, Barkhouse & Co. 428 Mian between Bullitt and 5th.
Finck, C. Henry 310 Market between 3rd & 4th.
Gaetano, V.D. & Co. 700 Main between 7th & 8th.
Gheens, John R. & Bro. 308 Main between 3rd & 4th.
Koch & Leonhard 201 Market between 2nd & 3rd.
Lanham, James T. 3rd between Market and Jefferson.
Laval, Jacob 120&122 2nd between Main and Water.
Lichten, A. & Bro. 219 5th between Main and Market.
McDermott, James & Co. 716 Main btween 7th & 8th.
Monks, J. & Co. 732 Main between 7th & 8th.
Moore, Bremaker & Co. 722 Main between 7th & 8th.
Nuttall, R. & Sons 236 Market between 2nd & 3rd.
Ratel, William 135 4th between Main and Water.
Schaeffer, F.J. Market between 6th & 7th.
Schrodt & Woebler 5th between Main and Water.
Schroeder, J.H. & Sons 28 Wall.
Shrader, R.A. & Co. 210 E. Market above Brook.
Smith, A.T. & R.L. 2nd between Main and Water.
Somerville, C.H. 620 Market between 6th and 7th.
Stege, Reiling & Co. 232 Market between 2nd & 3rd.
Taylor, E.H. Main se corner 7th.
Terfloth, John C. & Co. 138 4th near Main.
Thierman, H. & Co. 614 Market between 6th and 7th.
Thompson & Co. 79 4th between Main and Market.
Vissing, Herman Jefferson between Jackson and Hancock.
Walker, W.H. & Co. 206 Main.
Welby, George 336 Main between 3rd and 4th.
Weller & Buckner 612 Main between 6th and 7th.
Wolf, Charles and Co. Main between 11th and 12th.
Zahone, A. & Sons 145 5th between Main and Water.

In Louisville the street that run east-west from the river are Water, Main, Market, and Jefferson. The north-south streets are numbered with 1st Street in the east and the larger numbers to the west. East of 1st Street are Named stretts such as Brook, Jackson, Hancock, etc...

This will give you a good idea as where "Whiskey Row" was located in Louisville in 1864-65. There are even more companies in this same area after the Civil War, but the area is still about the same.

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Unread postby bunghole » Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:32 pm

Wow! Are all of those rectifiers?
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Unread postby Strayed » Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:38 pm

What would be the reason(s) for all of those companies grouping together in that one area? Of course one reason would be that it was the heart of the shipping district, but were there also "tobacco row" and "leather row" and other "rows" in the same vicinity? Another reason might be that the warehouses were there. Didn't many (or all) of these companies deal, not in bourbon-making, but in trading the ownership of barrels of bourbon as a commodity, same as some of us might be doing today with crude oil?
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Unread postby bourbonv » Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:02 am

Most are rectifiers, but a few are distillers with offices. Take E H Taylor, he was working for Gaines, who controlled the Old Crow brand in the early 1860's and probably branching out with product from Oscar Pepper's distillery, or may have simply been Gaines' representative in Louisville. He actually lived in Frankfort and this is probably just his representative.

That is the area nearest the wharf. The steamboats would line up along the river and the goods could be loaded for shipping. There are also a lot of tobacco warehouses just west of whiskey row.

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