The Porter Sinkhole

Murray Kilgore to Clarence Alcock – 24 January 1946

“Where Cleveland Avenue originates, at the Triangle Park off Leslie Avenue and Brown Street, on the third side of the Triangle is the old Zion Huggins’ place, and then Cleveland Avenue makes a left at the intersection with Leslie Avenue. From there to the depot, along Leslie Avenue, there was a large field overgrown with briars and broomsedge, where rabbits and quail were plentiful. Just back of the Huggins’ place was the family graveyard, where we boys used to talk about seeing ghosts. The old Liberty Female College, now the Glasgow high school, stood on the hilltop.
“Now here is something that few Glasgow people remember: In the long ago, before the college was built, a man lived up on the hill (Bill Everett and wife Mariah), just west of the South wing of the college. Down the hill, on the Porter property, was a large sinkhole. This man built a springhouse of brick and a long winding stairway down to a fine spring that emptied into the sinkhole. I remember, as a boy, going there and drinking that water. Later, after the college was built, the place was filled over.
“Years later, the GHS board bought the land of the late WL Porter, also the land of my father, EY Kilgore, after his death. They also moved the old Gorin cemetery that stood in the center of the present high school football grounds. That sinkhole, and the long forgotten spring – with its brick walls and long curving steps made of brick – lie buried under one corner of the school grounds. Very few people now living in Glasgow remember the spring, and if they did, would wonder where the water found an outlet when the sinkhole and spring were filled in.”

NOTE: Murray Kilgore grew up in the EY Kilgore house on West Washington Street. This property that the house was on is where the Howard Clinic was built, which today houses the Barren County Health Department. As you turn off of Liberty Street onto Liberty Street Campus, you will notice an indentation in the ground to your left, between the drive and the chain link fence. This is all that remains of the Porter Sinkhole.


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I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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