Augusta, Ky

Augusta is located in Bracken County, Kentucky, at the convergence of the Ohio River and Bracken Creek, approximately 42 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ohio River borders the northern part of the City; it flows in a straight westerly direction for nine miles without the obstruction of a floodwall. Riverside Drive in Augusta offers an incredible long-range view of this picturesque river valley.  Many people believe it is the most beautiful view of the valley in the entire state of Kentucky.

The area was part of a Revolutionary War grant by Virginia to Capt. Phillip Buckner, who first visited here in 1781.  Buckner returned in 1796 with 40 Virginia families.  Augusta was named in honor of his former home, Augusta County, Virginia. The Legislature of Kentucky issued its charter on October 2, 1797. At the request of Capt. Buckner, the town trustees were chosen and Buckner deeded them 600 acres of land on which the city is located. They were sold as “in lots” in 1795.

On September 27, 1862, Colonel Basil Duke led seven companies (350 men) of Morgan’s Raiders, with two pieces of artillery, onto the cemetery hill overlooking the town. Augusta was being protected by 150 “home guards” under the direction of Colonel Joshua T. Bradford, and three Union gunboats stationed just off shore. After Duke fired only a few rounds of artillery, the gunboats abandoned their posts, leaving the town without proper protection. A fierce battle ensued on the streets in the center of town. Thirty-five men lost their lives that day and many more were wounded. Colonel Duke ordered several of the buildings to be set afire. A monument was erected in the 1880’s, commemorating the death of 11 unknown Confederate soldiers who lost their life in the battle.

In the last quarter century, Augusta has been best known as the site of three major films: Michner’s Centennial, PBS’ Huckleberry Finn, and Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. Augusta is also the home of the Nick and Nina Clooney family, former home of Rosemary Clooney and Miss America 2000, Heather Renee French Henry. Noted Playwright Stuart Armstrong Walker was raised on Riverside Drive and later patented the portable stage and introduced the individual spotlight system used in theatres today. The foremost native in the field of visual art was Steven Alke, who painted in oil on canvass and chose area landscapes and portraits as his central themes. He later became a student of the nationally known Kentucky Artist, Frank Duveneck. Some of Alke’s paintings are on display in the Smithsonian Museum.

In the later half of the twentieth century, several businesses closed their doors. Clopay Plastics Products Company, which opened its doors in August 1955, initially produced plastic covers and later manufactured window blinds and blackout covers. The company continues to manufacture barrier film for healthcare and hygienic use. Clopay is a division of the Griffon Corporation, which is headquartered in Jericho, New York.

The river has continued to hamper, as well as advance the city into the 21st century. The devastating flood of 1997 affected the permanent removal of some homes; it has also enabled the town to develop green spaces and parks for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. The construction of the O’Neill Riverwalk along with the boat docking facility provides access for large pleasure and entertainment boats to dock in the town’s center. City and County leaders expect the tourism industry to become a major contributor to the economy in the future.



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