|Bowling Green in the 1920s|
The origin of the name is disputed. Some say it's named for a Bowling Green in New York where a statue of King George III was pulled down and melted into bullets during the Revolution. Others that it was named after Bowling Green, Virginia. It's also said it was named for a game Robert Moore hosted called bowling on the green.
|Carrie Burnam Taylor, 1880|
Bowling Green declared itself neutral in the Civil War. Because of its prime location and resources, both the Union and Confederacy sought control of the city. Most residents sided with the Confederacy, which occupied Bowling Green on September 18, 1861. The provisional Confederate government of Kentucky chose Bowling Green as its capital in November 1861.
After the Civil War, Bowling Green's business district grew. Many of the business structures seen today were erected during the 1870s. One of the most important businesses was Carie Burnam Taylor's dress-making company, which employed more than 200 women by 1906.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth founded St. Columbia's Academy in 1862, succeeded by St. Joseph's School in 1911. In 1884, the Southern Normal School, which had been founded in 1875, moved to Bowling Green from the town of Glasgow, Kentucky.
Pleasant J. Potter founded a women's college in Bowling Green in 1889. It closed in 1909 and its property sold to the Western Kentucky State Normal School (now Western Kentucky University). Other important schools in this era were Methodist Warren College, Ogden College (which also became a part of Western Kentucky University) and Green River Female College, a boarding school.
|Class of 1929|
Bowling Green also has a rich musical heritage and is the 'Birthplace of Newgrass', along with other distinctions. Learn more about the music history of the area at the Kentucky Blues Society Website.
|Musicians c. 1900|
Photos Source: Kentucky Museum