Behringer-Crawford Floor Guide
1. The introduction video explains the Ohio River’s influence as the single most important water source for the region. A timeline of importance in the area highlights Big Bone State Park’s salt licks, attracting the mammoths to the area, which in turn brought the American Indians. As time and people progressed, flatboats began transporting people and became the wood for many of the first homes. Flatboats continued to make waves as steamboats entered the area as a form of transportation as well as entertainment. Many immigrants moved into the are bringing there customs and traditions to shape the character of the area. As progression continued, railroads broke through and river beaches were huge spots of entertainment. Bridges spanned across the rivers to increase the commerce and trade of the states as more immigration led way to the rise of the river cities. The roads developed along with transit and bus services were increasingly accessible to local people. However, people’s independence grew and the need for roads deepened. Highways were built as a civil defense system originally and now are traveled more frequently by everyday travelers. These roads spanned across the area linking major parts together including the airports, most notably the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Located in Boone County Kentucky, this airport serves as the major airport for the area and services several hundred cities around the globe. Many famous people, and events, from many places all around the world have shaped the area we now call home.
2. Beginning somewhere around 500 million years ago, highlights of Northern Kentucky can be measured. Following history at a glance through eras that made the area grow and prosper today can be seen through the Railroad Timeline.
3. The history of the Northern Kentucky area can be traced back to many ages ago. Among the artifacts of the museum, you can be sure to find several mammoth artifacts dating back to many years ago. In the case on the wall are several pictures and artifacts of life before the common man. These artifacts trace history better than any person can, as they are the pieces to the past when no one is around to tell their story, they speak for themselves, and explain what life was like in the area.
4. There are two freestanding cases containing artifacts from mammoths and from the man of the time period. Many fossils and carved stone lay in these cases, but most notably the jaw from a mammoth resides in one case.
5. Rails: Traveling Along the Tracks, showcases the rise of rails in the area and the commercial and river traffic that decreased at the time, as railways proved to be a cheaper means of operating business outside the area.
6. Enclosed in a case are some artifacts, and tools from the old train days. Here are displayed railroad spikes, repair tools, and tickets to board from what used to be the local trains, trolleys, and streetcars of Northern Kentucky.
7. Moving on out highlights the expansion efforts the railways made to send people further out of the city to suburbs. By developing the railways, people no longer needed to live directly downtown as the rails were used to commute in and out of the city.
8. Covington and Lexington Railroad was the first railway to move through Northern Kentucky. This railroad in particular was a vital part of the growth and prosperity of the Northern Kentucky. As it was being build, the railroad faced many struggles as it forged through the hills, building tunnels, and bridged over waters to connect the area to surrounding benefits for the community.
9. Streetcar City Rails, is a description of the local streetcars, from once being horse powered to the electrified streetcars that serviced the needs of the community for several years. These streetcars connected Covington, Newport, and Cincinnati, providing the local communities ability to travel and visit with friends and neighbors next door or across the river. Streetcars flourished as a need to travel across town for many began to grow.
10. The “Kentucky” is a real piece of history for our area as it was once a running streetcar for Northern Kentucky. Now retired, as the first artifact of the museum, and restored to its original look, “Kentucky” is proudly displayed with the eras it served. Each person aboard the streetcar has a story to tell and with a push of a button they come to life and let you in on the daily activities of the streetcar and the people aboard. You can walk around the streetcar and see it for its real size and shape from the good old days.
11. Museum Gift Shop appears as the supplier of the history explored throughout the museum. Here you can purchase books on the past, artifacts, and artwork provided by local artists. The shop encourages further reading and learning about the history of Northern Kentucky.
Ray Faragher’s model community is the presentation of an idea by a man who grew up right here in Northern Kentucky. Everything may not be exactly how it used to look, but the tribute to the railways, roads, streetcars, and trolleys, as well as the people of the area need to be recognized. Ray Faragher spent six years with friends to develop a model of his favorite things he remembered as a child. The model stands with working trains and voices with the push of a button it all comes to life to remember how life used to be.