Author: Chris Bratton

Throwback Thursday – Revisiting the haunts at Octagon Hall

The mysterious eight-sided home just south of Bowling Green off highway 31-W is perhaps the most haunted place in the entire south. This week Throwback Thursday revisits Octagon Hall, where researchers have conducted more than 250 paranormal investigations far and wide. Featured on major networks like Discovery, History, Sy-Fy, Travel, and more, the supernatural is expected here. But what exactly…

Throwback Thursday – Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet and World’s Most Famous Psychic

One of the world’s most famous psychics was born in nearby Hopkinsville, and called Bowling Green home nearly 120 years ago. Edgar Cayce was a man of many mysteries: a clairvoyant, medical diagnostician, photographer, and most commonly called the sleeping prophet. Born in 1877 in Christian County, Edgar Cayce showed signs of being a highly gifted child. By age 12,…

Throwback Thursday – Why Halloween fascinates us

Why do we find Halloween so fascinating? Superstitions invoke our emotional need for spiritual satisfaction. Something about the month of October entices us to seek haunts of the past. Throwback Thursday is a direct invitation to step back into the historic moments these legends were born.  The fact of the matter is, thousand-year-old ghost stories, black cat curses, and tales…

Throwback Thursday – Celebrating 50 Years at Onyx Cave

South central Kentucky is the heart of cave country. It was recently announced that eight new miles of Mammoth Cave have been discovered. The karst landscape creates a unique opportunity for tourists and exploration all over the region. Onyx Cave in Cave City is just over 30 miles north of Bowling Green. It’s celebrating the 50th anniversary of its discovery…

Throwback Thursday – Where were you on September 11th?

Pivotal moments in history shape entire generations: moments like the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the September 11th terrorist attacks. 2021 marks the 20-year anniversary of the four atrocities committed by Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden against the United States. Where were you? Like the whole country, Bowling Green came to a shocking standstill….

LS Fest to bring in cars, people and tourism dollars

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –  The Holley LS Fest is coming again to Beech Bend Raceway this weekend. The event celebrates anything and everything equipped with the GM LS engine. Over 20,000 participants are expected, and officials are hoping that changes in traffic movement, created especially for this event, will ease some of the  problems that have occurred in the past. The benefits of having…

Throwback Thursday – 40 years ago, when Corvette came to town

In 1981, the Bowling Green landscape changed forever. Now completely entrenched in the city’s culture, an internationally known symbol of the city whose name has been adopted by businesses of all kinds, this is the 40th anniversary year of America’s favorite sports car moving its home to Warren County. This is the story of when Corvette came to town. Forty…

Throwback Thursday – Murray’s, an iconic former Bowling Green restaurant

For nearly 80 years, Murray’s Restaurant on the historic 31-W Bypass was the place to be in Bowling Green. We looked into the archives of the College Heights Herald, Bowling Green Daily News, and Warren County census data to put together a little more of the history of one of the area’s most famous former hot spots. The 1940 census…

Throwback Thursday – When the Jesse James Outlaw Gang Came to Town

Southern Kentucky is no stranger to Jesse James legends and lore. While some tales have been stretched a bit tall, there’s one from nearby Russellville that’s quite real. Re-enacted with a gunfight and chase every year at the Logan County Tobacco Festival, this is the story of a bank robbery.  It was March 20, 1868, at the Old Southern Bank…

Throwback Thursday – A Russellville House Divided: the Crittenden Brothers

The Kentucky state motto is, “United we stand, divided we fall,” and such was the case for the Crittenden family in Logan County during the mid-1800s. The Russellville natives were a prominent family known for the patriarch’s politics as Kentucky’s 15th governor, yet they had two sons whose Civil War loyalties proved to divide the household. George Bibb Crittenden was…