Shepherdsville, Kentucky - The Heart of Bullitt County
The City of Shepherdsville is in the heart of Bullitt County, where the very first residents were the Paleo Indians. They entered North America approximately 10,000 to 11,500 years ago. These people, whose ancestors can be traced back to Central Asia, were nomadic hunter-gatherers whose remains have been discovered near the area's mineral springs, aka the salt licks.
Shepherdsville’s Bullitt Lick supplied salt by pack train and flatboat to areas as far off as Illinois. Interestingly, the Bullitt Lick salt works was Kentucky's first industry and continued producing till around 1830, when the steamboat took over as the primary means of transportation and lessened the expense of salt.
The very first settlement and station in the area was on the Wilderness Road at the mouth of Floyds Fork River. Shepherdsville got its name from Adam Shepherd, a business man who purchased some land near the Falls of Salt River in 1793.
In 1836, the Parquet Springs mineral spa opened, supposedly containing medicinal properties. This became a hot spot and those who suffered ailments would visit Shepherdsville just to drink and bathe in the water. Now, there is a shopping complex in the heart of town that shares the same name as the spa.
Shepherdsville was home to Kentucky’s deadliest train wreck, which killed about fifty people in a two-train collision before Christmas in 1917, but it was also home to Charles E. Kurtsinger from November 16, 1906 to September 24, 1946. He is an American Hall of Fame jockey that won the Triple Crown in 1937 and was given the nickname ‘The Flying Dutchman.
The City of Shepherdsville today is far more modernized. It has rolling hills, forested lands, and a country atmosphere while providing city conveniences. This community has a colorful past, but despite its growth it still maintains a neighborly environment. Shepherdsville is a very comfortable place to call home.
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