This Is What Louisville Looked Like 100 Years Ago And It May Surprise You

If you live in Louisville, you are probably used to lots of modern developments like digital billboards along the highway… or the highway in general. You’re used to fast cars and shopping malls and coffee shops on every corner, and on most days you probably don’t think about what it could have been like a hundred years ago, before all of these things (and probably you) even existed.

Surprisingly, Louisville was one of the first cities to be born in the United States. It was given its name in 1778, just one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but it had actually been functioning as a home to people for thousands of years. Louisville’s location near the falls of the Ohio River made it a great place for settlers to build a community, because its location next to the river positioned it perfectly for people to get everything they needed to survive.

In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, Louisville was really hitting its stride and working hard at becoming the city we know and love today. Roads were built, innovations were made, and skyscrapers were going up to create our famous city skyline. A lot of the structures that were built during this time are still in existence today. Let’s take a look at how much things have changed in a hundred years — and how much they have stayed the same.

All of these photos show a different aspect of Louisville’s history, and all of the things featured in them helped to make Louisville the city it is today.

Are you surprised by how different Louisville was a hundred years ago? Which photograph is your favorite, and why?