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Historic buildings demolished in Taylorsville

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TAYLORSVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- History is coming down in part of Kentucky. On Monday, crews started tearing down part of Main Street in Taylorsville, Kentucky. The street and town are full of history.

"That's our big draw is the history in this area," says Betty Darnell, President Spencer County Historical Society.

But soon, the buildings will be history themselves.  Recently, a local businessman purchased them. And Monday, crews brought in the bulldozers.

"It is going to be bad when it falls down, when they take it down," Darnell said.

Darnell has mixed emotions about seeing a section of Main Street demolished. 

"I hate to see old buildings come down, but I understand that sometimes it has to be done," says Darnell.

In this case, it has to be done because the buildings are old and beyond repair.

"We've hoped for a long time that something positive would come from that section of Taylorsville," says Bill Karrer, Spencer County Judge-Executive.

Karrer says despite the building's demolition, there's still a lot of history here, including his own office.

"It's an old bank vault ... built in 1903 as a bank," says Karrer.

But even before that, Taylorsville was put on the map by notorious outlaws. 

"The congregation was meeting down there and the raiders went down and said: 'we're going to burn the courthouse, do you want to go down and get your records out?'" 

During the Civil War, the courthouse was burned to the ground by William Quantrill and his raiders, who rode with soon to be outlaw Jesse James. Karrer explains, "And they did and that's how the records were saved as I understand and then they burned the courthouse."

Meanwhile, this is not exactly a case of history repeating itself, but there's still a lot of interest about what will happen when the bulldozers are gone.

Karrer says, "I'm just hopeful that they'll build something back that's significant for the community."

Darnell has done a little more research and has some idea of what may happen next. 

"I understand that they're going to try to restore the original, what the facade looks like now when they rebuild," Darnell says.

Crews were set to spend the next few days taking down all of the buildings. After that, the rebuilding process will begin.

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