Nov 20 2015

On this Day in 1923….Garrett Morgan Made History

On this day, November 20, in 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants Patent No. 1,475,074 to 46-year-old inventor and newspaperman Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal. After witnessing a collision between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage, Morgan was convinced that something should be done to improve traffic safety. Morgan was one of the first to apply for and acquire a U.S. patent for a traffic signal.

Morgan, the child of two former slaves, was born in Kentucky in 1877. By 1920 Morgan had made enough money to start a newspaper, the Cleveland Call, which became one of the most important black newspapers in the nation.
Morgan was prosperous enough to have a car at a time when the streets were crowded with all manner of vehicles: Bicycles, horse-drawn delivery wagons, streetcars and pedestrians all shared downtown Cleveland’s narrow streets and clogged its intersections. There were manually operated traffic signals where major streets crossed one another, but they were not all that effective:

Because they switched back and forth between Stop and Go with no interval in between, drivers had no time to react when the command changed. This led to many collisions between vehicles that both had the right of way when they entered the intersection. As the story goes, when Morgan witnessed an especially spectacular accident at an ostensibly regulated corner, he had an idea: If he designed an automated signal with an interim “warning” position—the ancestor of today’s yellow light—drivers would have time to clear the intersection before crossing traffic entered it.

The signal Morgan patented was a T-shaped pole with three settings. At night, when traffic was light, it could be set at half-mast (like a blinking yellow light today), warning drivers to proceed carefully through the intersection. He sold the rights to his invention to General Electric for $40,000.

Nov 03 2015

Garage Bar in Louisville’s NuLu Region

700 East Market has returned to its roots with the Garage Bar and Pizzeria.

Documents dating back to 1918 show this corner of downtown originally housed the Caster Chas saloon. Today you can step back in time and enjoy a selection of eclectic draft and bottled craft brews, over 30 Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys, and a small list of wines and seasonal cocktails.

The Louisville Quest is a great way to discover the NuLu district while competing for prizes and bragging rights. Contact us to schedule your own group Quest.

Nov 02 2015

‘Al Capone Slept Here’….and other interesting facts.

Al Capone was a frequent Louisville visitor during the Prohibition Era. You can learn more about Louisville and prohibition at ‘the Spirits of the Bluegrass’ exhibit now showing at Frazier Museum.
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There’s no doubt that Bourbon shaped Kentucky and the region. Tracing the rise of the anti-liquor movement through the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933, learn how (and why) Kentucky was a major factor in supplying the country with booze.

Admission into the Frazier History Museum is $12 for adults and $8 for kids 5-17. The museum is located at 829 W. Main St

Oct 30 2015

Create Your Own Glass Pumpkin at Louisville’s Flame Run

There’s no Louisville Quest this week-end, but you can still enjoy downtown Louisville and release your inner artist while you’re at it.

Be a glass artist for a day this fall and create your own blown-glass pumpkin at Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery.

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Flame Run artists will be assisting guests with the creation of glass pumpkins on Fridays and Saturdays, October 6 – November 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. Participants can choose up to three colors from eight color selections. Each finished pumpkin is about the size of a softball. The experience takes about 20 minutes and costs $50 per pumpkin. Freshly blown glass pumpkins need to cool for a few days before they can be safely handled and brought home.

Oct 28 2015

See Dracula at his blood-curdling best at Actors Theatre of Louisville – this week!

His fangs are bared. His eyes glow crimson. Louisville’s favorite vampire is back! Based on Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of the immortal Transylvanian count and his unexpectedly feisty human prey, this fast-paced, fright-filled adaptation is a Halloween treat that drips with suspense—and even more blood.

Now through November 1st – you can see this ionic story in all its hideous glory. Tix available online at

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