Kentucky Historical Society
KHS to Dedicate Historical Marker to Honor Kosmosdale
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2011) — The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to honor the company town of Kosmosdale at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the 15300 block of Dixie Highway in Louisville, Ky.
Philadelphia industrialist Samuel Horner Jr. developed housing for workers of his Kosmos Portland Cement Company in rural Jefferson County near the Ohio River. This establishment became Kosmosdale in 1905. A rail station, post office, churches, a school, and a company store also served Kosmos mill workers and river men. A fleet of boats, each with a name beginning with the letter “K,” towed cement, general freight and rock quarried by Kosmos in Meade County. In 1957, the Horner heirs sold the company, after the plant was union organized. Kosmosdale village was razed as the plant was rebuilt in the early 1970s. Many relocated after a two-year strike against their former owner in 1982.
This marker is sponsored by Louisville Metro Councilman Bob Henderson and dedicated to Kosmos workers and their descendents.
The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by the Kentucky Historical Society in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, commemorates historical sites, events and personalities throughout the state. Through the program, the wealth of Kentucky history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that add drama and interest to the countryside for native Kentuckians as well as tourists.
For more information about the program, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or Becky.Riddle@ky.gov.