I noticed that the National Register of Historic Places has added eleven Kentucky sites to the list, but none from Owensboro, or the tri-state for that matter.

But that's okay, Owensboro is already well-represented on the Register...and this is news to me.

It seems someone with a deep interest in Owensboro history, like myself, would be abreast of such information.

Oh well, you do learn something new (or old, as the case may be) everyday, and that's a good thing.

So I went out and got photos of some of the places or sites in Owensboro that have been on the Register a good while. I didn't have time for all of them. There really are a lot.


Since 1980, the Register as included the D.D. Bogard House at 303 E. 4th. It lists its "period of significance" to be between 1875 and 1899.


Dave Spencer



On March 28th, 1986, several Owensboro structures made the National Register's cut. One of them was the La Vega Clements House. The house belonged to a teacher in the Daviess County School System named Lucinda Clements. I'm pretty sure she was retired by the time I started GRADE school, but I had teachers who had HER as a teacher. That's how I knew about her AND her big black Packard that she drove around. I'd love to see that car, now.



Dave Spencer


In 1990, the Howell J. Davis House was added to the National Register. He was a doctor, and I'm pretty sure my mother, who is a retired nurse, knew him because I believe I remember her mentioning him every time we drove by the house.



Dave Spencer


And in 1997, the Confederate Monument on the courthouse lawn was added to the Register. It was erected in 1900, and, honestly, I had no idea it was that old. And I should have known that. Well, now I do.



Dave Spencer


So, yeah, Owensboro didn't make the cut in the latest annexes to the National Register of Historic Places. But there are more than three pages worth of entries from our city, so maybe we've run out.