Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 43 Top: Jefferson and 12th streets following the 1890 tornado. Bottom: An 1890 photo showing the entrance to Baxter Square, where a park and community center are now located. "We're hoping we can tell the story about how these people lived," says Anne Bader, principal investigator at Corn Island Archeology. "is is the biggest urban archeological project in Louisville." e project will take a couple of years to complete. In a little more than one year, they've discovered more than 4,300 artifacts. In the early 1900s, the footprint of Beecher Terrace had about 380 individual lots. Corn Island (named for the now- submerged island near the Falls of the Ohio) will excavate only 23. And the group will focus on the back portion of the lot, where the outhouse or privy would have been located. Why? In an era without garbage collection, the toilet served as trashcan. "You wouldn't believe some of the most amazing, beautiful things we find in the toilets," Bader says. "Anything they couldn't burn, they threw in the toilet. ey were about 20 or 30 feet deep. You get this slow buildup over time of artifacts, kind of dated with the earliest stuff in the bottom." (Let's address the burning question: Yes, most Copper-alloy spoons likely from the mid-1800s.

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