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Mitch McConnell at UK Law School, 1966-67

Sen. Mitch McConnell, in his third year in the College of Law at the University of Kentucky, in his Lexington apartment, January, 1967. McConnell shared a three-room apartment with Dan White, a candidate for a doctorate in English, on the second floor of a six-unit building at 337 South Mill St. The photo ran with a story on how their apartment building previously had a different front entrance when it was a house because it had faced a street that no longer existed. The story said McConnell was “chief cook” of the apartment he shared with White and that they met as eighth-graders at Manuel High School in Louisville. Both said an apartment in a more modern building might be easier to clean. “But then we don’t do much,” they admitted. “And this is the kind of home I’d like to own,” McConnell said. Their apartment was once the master bedroom for the house, which was built in 1816. The caption published with this photo said his desk is “like Linus’ blanket – it goes where he goes.” The books on the shelf next McConnell’s desk include “The Family and the Law,” “With Kennedy,” “The Making of the President, 1964,” Humor from Harper’s,” “Black’s Law Dictionary”, “Joy of Cooking,” The Anatomy of Liberty” and “Labor Relations and the Law.” Click on the photo for a closer look and click here to see the story that ran with the photo about the his apartment. McConnell, who was President of the student Bar Association, graduated with his law degree later that year. He has been Kentucky’s longest-serving senator, elected in 1984. He is the Senate Majority Leader and is running for re-election against Amy McGrath. Published Sunday, Jan. 29, 1967 in the Sunday Herald-Leader. Herald-Leader file photo

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, in his second year in the College of Law at the University of Kentucky, April, 1966. McConnell, pictured at right, was selected to represent the College of Law in regional competition in Lincoln, Neb. with J. Kevin Charters and Judy Ward Smith. The team was selected after presenting simulated appellate arguments before the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Published in the Lexington Leader April 26, 1966. Herald-Leader file photo

Future Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell at far left, in his third year in the College of Law at the University of Kentucky, talks with then Kentucky Sen. John Sherman Cooper, Sept. 26, 1966. Cooper, a Republican who served 20 years in the U.S. Senate, spoke at the UK Law Forum for 30 minutes. McConnell, who was president of the Student Bar Association at this time and later graduated from UK’s law school, went on to intern for Cooper and has called him his political hero. Published Sept. 27, 1966 in the Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader file photo

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell at far left, in his third year in the College of Law at the University of Kentucky, April 1967. The Louisville native, who graduated from the University of Louisville with a political science bachelor’s degree in 1964 with honors, was attending the annual Awards Luncheon for the law school. Whitney Young, second from right and Executive Director of the National Urban League, New York, spoke at the gathering. McConnell was president of the Student Bar Association during his final year of law school, graduating that year. Published Sunday, April 2, 1967 in the Sunday Herald-Leader. Herald-Leader file photo

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League of Women Voters election display, 1957

The League of Women Voters set up a goose display in downtown Lexington near Union Station urging everyone to vote, the day before Election Day, Nov. 4, 1957. The sign on top says “They don’t vote they just squawk.” Viewing the display are Mrs. Thornton Scoot (left), Mrs. Thomas Stroup (lower right) and Mrs. Charles Thorne. More than 43,000 Fayette County voters were eligible to vote. Officials expected 25,000 to actually vote. Published Nov. 4, 1957 in the Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader file photo

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Man o’ War Boulevard, 1997

Aerial view of the development around Man o’ War Boulevard and Todds Road, Sept. 22, 1997. Todd’s Road is running horizontally in the middle of the image, meeting the curved Man o’ War, which is heading up towards Hamburg Place, which is under construction in the upper left corner of the image. Click here to see an image of that construction. In the middle left is a movie theater, which closed in September 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. Click on the image for a closer look. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff file photo

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Campbell House Inn, 1951

The Campbell House Inn construction site at the intersection of Harrodsburg and Mason Headley Roads in Lexington, January, 1951. The hotel opened later that year with 130 rooms, each with air conditioning, a radio and a telephone.

The fire-proof structure had a dining room with a seating capacity of 300. The two-story Colonial cream brick hotel was built in the form of an “H”.

The opening of the hotel was part of a major boom year for hotels in Lexington that year. The Phoenix Hotel in downtown Lexington, erected a multi-million dollar, nine-story expansion on the site of their four story section. And the Springs Motel, also on Harrodsburg Road, expanded, increasing their capacity by 30. Click here to see another image from our archive of the Campbell House Inn, in 1960.

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Tim Couch and Craig Yeast photo shoot for Outback Bowl, 1998

In preparation for the 1999 Outback Bowl, University of Kentucky football players Craig Yeast, left, and Tim Couch posed for a bowl preview photo on Dec. 16, 1998 in UK’s locker room. Kentucky played Penn State on New Year’s Day but came up short, losing 26-14. Click here to see more images from our archives of Couch. Photo by David Stephenson | staff

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Downtown Lexington, 1977

A line of heavy thundershowers passed over downtown Lexington the morning of Dec. 5, 1977. The storm dropped 1.52 inches of rain on the city. The Purcell Building was struck by lighting leaving debris on Main Street. The picture was taken looking west down Main Street from atop the First Security Building, today called Chase Tower. Directly in the middle of the image is the Phoenix Hotel. It was demolished in 1981 and 1982 by Wallace Wilkinson, who planned to use the site to build the World Coal Center skyscraper. It was never built, and the site eventually became the Park Plaza Apartments and Phoenix Park. Next to it towards the bottom of the image is what is now the Lexington Public Library, the Police Department, the Fayette County Clerks office and the Helix Garage. In the background, just above the Phoenix Hotel you can see construction taking place for the 22-floor high-rise Kincaid Towers. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff file photo

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Keeneland Fall Meet, 1969

A horse gets a workout on the backside of Keeneland on the morning of the first day of the Fall Meet, Oct. 4, 1969. In the background is the grandstand. The opening day crowd of 12,020 of the 15-day meet wagered $661,968 that day. The 2019 Keeneland Fall Meet opens today. Click here to see other images from our archives from Keeneland. Herald-Leader staff file photo

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Triangle Park tree planting, 1982

Trees being planted in Lexington’s Triangle Park, April 28, 1982. Scheduled for completion by mid-June, the park still needed finishing touches including grading, grass, lighting and brick work. The park opened July 2, 1982 before an estimated 4,000 people who oohed and aahed as the lights and fountains came on. The project, on the 1.4-acre slice of land bordered by West Main Street, Vine Street and Broadway, once seemed dead because the Urban County Government didn’t have enough money to build it. But private citizens got together, formed Triangle Foundation, raised $1 million and with the government’s help help finished the park in time for the city’s Fourth of July celebration. Developer Alex G. Campbell, who led the foundation, said none of those who began work on the park “two years ago could have foreseen the development of this tract into the park we see today.” He predicted that the park would become a symbol of Lexington as “the arch is to St. Louis and the space needle is to Seattle.” Years after Rupp Arena was finished in 1976, the area that became the park was a parking lot. Today the park, which features fountains in a series of “water steps”, is smoke free and hosts a number of events from the city’s Christmas tree lightning to Fountain Films on Friday. In the background of the image is Rupp Arena, the Lexington Center and the Hyatt Regency hotel. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff file photo

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Continental Inn construction, 1965

Construction of the Continental Inn, near the intersection of New Circle and Winchester roads, Sept. 12, 1965. Completed at a cost of $2 million, the hotel had a cocktail lounge, dining room, convention facilities, a private club and a swimming pool. It was undoubtedly Lexington’s most colorful hotel, hosting the most varied assortment of characters. The Continental Inn was always a bit over the top, hosting Elvis conventions and psychic fairs and square dancing conventions. If you were seeking a tattoo expo or regional darts tournament in Lexington and didn’t know where it might wind up, the smart bet was always the Continental Inn, which covered just under six acres with 319 rooms and don’t forget the indoor pool with a lit-up Statue of Liberty replica peering over. The Rotary Club met there for years, too, and in 1976 then-California governor Ronald Reagan presented the group’s high school academic awards to Lexington students. Actor Lee Majors learned to drive an 18-wheeler in the parking lot there while filming the movie “Steel” (1979) at the Kincaid Towers. The Continental Inn stopped accepting guests on August 31, 2005 and most of the hotel was demolished in 2007. The last remaining building, the Conference Center, was torn down in 2016. Today part of the site is an Infiniti car dealership. Click here to see a typical room at the hotel from 2002. Herald-Leader staff file photo

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City-wide cleanup, 1950

Mrs. James Mahan sorts out unwanted papers during the beginning of Lexington’s city-wide, two-week annual cleanup campaign in April 1950. The campaign, under guidance of the Chamber of Commerce and various safety leaders, featured both city and county trucks hauling rubbish away. In addition to the cleaning, safety was also being demonstrated to housewives across the county. Day-to-day safety measures such checking for worn or damaged electrical cords or proper fuse replacement was shown. Some of the items on Mahan’s shelf include Ajax cleanser, canned oysters, blackberry and pear preservers, empty coke bottles, canned vegetables and spices, including a container of Kroger cinnamon. The house where this picture was taken, 430 Columbia Ave., is now a parking lot for the William T. Young Library on the University of Kentucky’s campus. Published in the Lexington Leader, April 14, 1950

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