Charles Bogart

An unscheduled meet at Long Run, Kentucky

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O), from the time it started to run between Lexington, Kentucky, and Louisville, Kentucky, used track rights granted by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N). Thus, when operating between Lexington and Louisville, C&O trains had to conform to L&N rules of operation. C&O train crew members operating out of Lexington had to pass both a C&O and L&N rule book test. The Lexington to Louisville route from L&N’s Lexington Yard to HK Tower at Anchorage, Kentucky, was single track, with passing tracks at various locations. On Jan. 16, 1912, the failure by a C&O...

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Frankfort and the Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, France offered to sell to the United States the land it controlled west of The Mississippi River. This land had recently been acquired from Spain. President Thomas Jefferson, upon being informed by France that it was willing to sell what has become known as the Louisiana Purchase, immediately began to seek a way to purchase the land offered. Jefferson, who viewed the U.S. Constitution as the document that defined the role of the Federal government, was in a quandary, as the Constitution did not provide for the expansion of the boundaries of the United States. Jefferson, who had always looked to the Constitution to guide his term of office as President, considered calling a Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution; however, he quickly realized that the workings of a Constitutional Convention would take months and the fleeting chance to purchase the lands west of the Mississippi River from France would be lost. As a result of this realization, Jefferson re-examined the Constitution and, while it did not provide for the expansion of the size of the United States, neither did it prohibit. He therefore decided to treat the proposed land purchase as nothing more than a treaty between the United States and France. Treaties between the United States and another country had to be submitted to the U.S. Senate for approval. Up to this point in United...

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Frankfort the eighth oldest state capital city

All Kentuckians are aware that due to dithering over the state constitution, Kentucky became the 15th star in our nation’s flag and not the 14th. Vermont became the 14th state in 1791 and Kentucky the 15th in 1792. What many do not know is that Frankfort ranks eighth in the longevity of being an American state capital city. In 1792, Frankfort was designated as the location of Kentucky’s capital, and in 1793 the legislature first met in Frankfort. The only American cities with a longer record of serving as their state’s capital are Boston, Massachusetts, which became the capital...

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Louisville Transit Company bus 410 survives

Louisville Transit Company Bus No. 410 is located on a farm just west of Grafenburg. (Photo provided) An article published in the October 2021 FRANK Magazine by Charles Bogart focused on public bus transportation within Frankfort before the start of the city-owned and operated Frankfort Transit. In the article, it was reported that the last bus to be operated by Capital Transit was Louisville Transit Company Bus No. 410. After the article was published, three different persons contacted Charles Bogart to inform him that Louisville Transit Company Bus No. 410 still existed. He was told it was located on...

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Who was Everett Sleet Rigsby?

Recently, I was discussing with Beth Shields, the Capital City Museum’s historian, the enigma of Everett Sleet Rigsby. Who was he? A person listening to our conversation asked, “Who was Everett Sleet Rigsby?” Now, asking someone in Frankfort who Everett Sleet Rigsby was, is the same as asking any American, “Who was Bob Ford?” or “Who was Jack McCall?” Every American knows that Bob Ford was the dirty little coward who shot Jesse James in the back of the head as he straightened a picture hanging on the wall in his living room, just as they know that Jack...

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