Government of Louisville, Kentucky
The government of Louisville, headquartered at Louisville City Hall in Downtown Louisville, is organized under Chapter 67C of the Kentucky Revised Statutes as a First-Class city in the state of Kentucky. Created after the merger of the governments of Louisville and Jefferson County, the city/county government is organized under a mayor-council system; the Mayor is elected to four-year terms and is responsible for the administration of city government. The Louisville Metro Council is a unicameral body consisting of 26 members, each elected from a geographic district for four-year terms; the Mayor is limited to a three consecutive term limit, while members of the Louisville Metro Council are not term limited. The Executive Branch of the Louisville Metro Government is led by the Mayor, contains two dozen distinct agencies; each agency is led by either a Commissioner, both of whom are appointed by the Mayor. The agencies are grouped into nine distinct entities, referred to as departments; each Department is led by a Chief, appointed by, reports to, the Mayor.
The Mayor is the chief executive officer of a magistrate. The mayor's office administers all city services, public property and fire protection, most public agencies, enforces all city and federal laws within the Louisville Metropolitan area. Under the Kentucky Revised Statutes, they are responsible for the appointment and removal of all unelected officers and shall "broadly exercise all executive and administrative powers" vested in the city except otherwise prescribed by law; the mayor is directly elected by popular vote for a four-year term. The mayor is responsible for creating the city's budget through the Office of Management and Budget, submitted for approval, not drafting, to the Louisville Metro Council; the Mayor's office is located at Louisville City Hall in Downtown Louisville. It has complete jurisdiction over the Louisville Metro and Jefferson County areas, in addition to partial jurisdiction over all Home-rule class cities within the Louisville Metro; the mayor appoints a large number of officials, including Commissioners and Chiefs.
Regulations approved by the mayor's office are compiled in the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Code. According to current law, the Mayor is limited to three consecutive four-year terms in office but may run again after a four year break. Under KRS 67C.105, the mayor is charged with nine specific duties and responsibilities under the law. The mayor is empowered to: Prepare and submit an annual report coinciding with the fiscal year, on the state of the consolidated local government, to be presented at a public meeting of the council. Legislative Powers of the city of Louisville are vested in the Louisville Metro Council. Formally established in 2003 after the city/county merger, the council is a unicameral body consisting of 26 Council members, whose districts are defined by geographic population boundaries that each contain 28,500 people. Although all cities in Jefferson County, apart from Louisville itself, maintained their respective status after the merger, their residents are represented on Metro Council and vote alongside other county residents.
The seats come up for reelection every four years, using a staggered process so that only half of the seats are up every two years. Numbered districts hold elections overlapping each quadrennial Presidential election, whilst odd numbered districts hold elections overlapping each quadrennial off-season election. All districts are redrawn every ten years, after the Decennial United States Census; the last redistricting took place in 2011. At the beginning of the first Legislative session of each year, the 26 members of the Metro Council elect a Council President; the Council President serves for a one-year term, while there is no term limit, no Council President has served for more than two terms, with the exception of former Councilman Jim King, who served an unprecedented four terms, from 2011 until 2015, when he died in office. Bills passed by a simple majority are sent to the Mayor, who may veto them. If the Mayor vetoes a bill, the Council may override this veto with a two-thirds vote. Passed laws are incorporated into the Louisville Metro Code, published online.
Since the city/county merger in 2003, only five bills have been vetoed by the mayor. In addition, only one veto has been overruled by the Council; the Metro Council is organized into 13 Standing Committees. Each Committee is led by a Chairman and Vice Chairman, both of whom are appointed by the Council President, who serves as an ex officio member of all committees. In the city of Louisville, Public Agency is the name given to various regulatory agencies and public-benefit corporations which operate within the city limits. While in theory public agencies within the city fall under the absolute jurisdiction of the Louisville Mayor's office, in practice each agen
Old Louisville is a historic district and neighborhood in central Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is the third largest such district in the United States, the largest preservation district featuring entirely Victorian architecture, it is unique in that a majority of its structures are made of brick, the neighborhood contains the highest concentration of residential homes with stained glass windows in the U. S. Many of the buildings are in the Victorian-era styles of Romanesque, Queen Anne, among others. There are several 20th-century buildings from 15 to 20 stories. Old Louisville consists of about 48 city blocks and is located north of the University of Louisville's main campus and south of Broadway and Downtown Louisville, in the central portion of the modern city; the neighborhood hosts the renowned St. James Court Art Show on the first weekend in October. Despite its name, Old Louisville was built as a suburb of Louisville starting in the 1870s, nearly a century after Louisville was founded.
It was called the Southern Extension, the name Old Louisville did not come until the 1960s. Old Louisville was home to some of Louisville's wealthiest residents, but saw a decline in the early and mid-20th century. Following revitalization efforts and gentrification, Old Louisville is home to a diverse population with a high concentration of students and young professionals. Old Louisville is not the oldest part of Louisville. In fact, large-scale development south of Broadway did not begin until the 1870s, nearly a century after what is now Downtown Louisville was first settled; the area was part of three different military land grants issued in 1773, throughout the early and mid-19th century the land passed through the hands of several speculators, meanwhile much of it was used as farmland. Some of the land south of Broadway was still in its natural state during this time, such as the 50-acre tract between Broadway and Breckenridge, known as Jacob's Woods, a popular picnic ground as late as 1845.
A major attraction was Oakland Race Track, near today's Seventh and Ormsby, built in 1839 and an early forerunner to Churchill Downs. Country estates had been built in the area as early as the 1830s, some of Louisville's great early mansions, predominantly in the Italianate style, were built along Broadway near Old Louisville, before the Civil War. Development from 1850 to 1870 occurred between Broadway and Kentucky Street, the northern extreme of what came to be called Old Louisville. North-south city streets were extended throughout the area in the 1850s, a mulecar line was extended down Fourth to Oak in 1865; the land south of Broadway that became Old Louisville was annexed by the city in 1868, as a part of larger expansion efforts. This annexation moved the southern boundary of the city as far south as the city's House of Refuge, an area, now the University of Louisville campus and the southern border of Old Louisville. A year architect Gideon Shryock called the area "a growing and beautiful suburban locality".
By 1876 about a quarter of the area was occupied. Development continued as lots were sold southward to present day Oak Street, about a third of the way between Broadway and the House of Refuge; the principal road through the suburb at this time was Central Plank Road, which became Third Street. The emerging area was called the Southern Extension by this time. Growth south of Oak was slow until the Southern Exposition was held annually in the area from 1883 to 1887. At the urging of Courier-Journal editor Henry Watterson, the city held the Southern Exposition, which in the words of Watterson, was meant to "advance the material welfare of the producing classes of the South and West." It was held on 45 acres at the heart of Old Louisville, where St. James Court and Central Park would be located, included a 600 by 900-foot enclosed exhibition building; the Exposition was opened by President Chester Arthur and attracted nearly one million visitors in its first year. The exhibition featured the first public display of Thomas Edison's light bulb, as well as what was billed as the largest artificial lighting display in history with 4,600 lamps, in a time when electric lighting was considered a novelty.
During the 1880s, after the exposition ended, the area between Oak and Hill Streets developed and became one of the city's most fashionable neighborhoods. According to historian Young E. Allison, 260 homes valued at a total of $1.6 million were constructed in Old Louisville from 1883 to 1886. The dominant styles by this time were Richardsonian Romanesque. An example of the latter, known for its turrets and bay windows, was the Conrad house at St. James Court; these styles became less prevalent in the 1890s as the remaining southern portions of Old Louisville, between Ormsby and the House of refuge, were filled in, predominantly with buildings in the Chateauesque and Renaissance Revival styles. This included one of Old Louisville's most famous sections, St. James Court, developed starting in 1890 and envisioned as a haven for the upper class, was occupied by 1905. Described as "the epitome of Victorian eclecticism", the area included houses in such styles as Venetian, Colonial and others. From 1890 to 1905 the area was home to the Amphitheatre Auditorium, which claimed the second largest stage in the United States and showcased many of the day's best actors.
The structure, located at the corner of 4th and Hill Streets, was razed after its owner, William Norton, Jr. died. Another form of entertainment in the area was baseball, with the game first being played by 1860 and an e
Farmington (Louisville, Kentucky)
Farmington, an 18-acre historic site in Louisville, was once the center of a hemp plantation owned by John and Lucy Speed. The 14-room, Federal-style brick plantation house was based on a design by Thomas Jefferson and has several Jeffersonian architectural features; the Farmington site was part of a military land grant given to Captain James Speed in 1780. His son, John Speed, completed Farmington on a tract of land in 1816. Built in the Federal architectural style, the house is based on plans by Thomas Jefferson, which are now in the Coolidge Collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Speed built the house for his wife, Lucy Gilmer Fry, daughter of Joshua Fry and granddaughter of Dr. Thomas Walker, the guardian of Thomas Jefferson, her aunt and uncle's home in Charlottesville, Virginia was called Farmington and had an addition designed by Thomas Jefferson. Their son, Joshua Fry Speed, was an lifelong friend of Abraham Lincoln. While courting Mary Todd, Lincoln spent three weeks at Farmington in 1841 while recovering from mental and physical exhaustion.
John and Lucy's son, James Speed, was appointed Attorney General of the United States by Lincoln in 1863. Farmington consists of a single story above a raised basement; the building is a square shape, measuring 62 feet wide by 50 feet long. There are 14 rooms of living quarters on the first floor, with servant's and children's rooms on the basement floor; the first story is about five feet above ground level, with the basement windows above ground. All rooms in the basement are finished. A simplified classical cornice under the hipped roof helps give the house its pleasing, proportional appearance; the front entrance is a tetrastyle portico with slender Doric columns, reached by 11 steps. The porch's gable features a semi-circular ventilation window; the front door opens into a central hall. These two halls give access to all rooms on the first floor, as well as stairs to the basement and attic; the stairs are hidden, a common feature of homes designed by Jefferson. A notable feature of the first floor are two 24-foot wide octagonal rooms, another distinctive feature of Jeffersonian architecture.
One of the octagonal rooms is a dining hall, the other is a parlor. Other rooms on the first floor are a study and a family sitting room. Farmington has been restored as a re-creation of a 19th-century plantation; the house itself had been altered little at the time it was purchased by the Historic Homes Foundation for preservation in 1958. The only substantial change in its interior or exterior appearance since construction was the installation of a tin roof in place of the original wood shingles, done for fire safety reasons; as of 2011, Farmington and a small visitors center are open to the public for tours and the site is available for special events and rentals. In 2012, Farmington's owner, Historic Homes Foundation, Inc. entered into an agreement to sell 5 of the landmark's 18 acres to an adjoining landowner, Sullivan University, for use as a 300-space parking lot to be shared by both entities. Controversial questions about the proposal were raised in online media leading up to its consideration in the February 3, 2013 meeting of the Metro Louisville Landmarks Commission's Individual Landmarks Architectural Review Committee.
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Geography of Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville is a city in Jefferson County, in the U. S. state of Kentucky. It is located at the Falls of the Ohio River. Louisville is located at 38°13′31″N 85°44′30″W. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, Louisville Metro has a total area of 397.68 square miles, of which 380.46 square miles is land and 17.23 square miles is covered by water. Although the soils and underlying rocks put Louisville in the outer Bluegrass region, the city's landscape is better described as being in a wide part of the Ohio River flood plain. Louisville's part of the valley is located between two plateaus, the karst plateau of Southern Indiana and the Bluegrass plateau of Kentucky, both with an elevation of around 900 feet. Elevations drop off the Indiana plateau sharply via the Muldraugh Escarpment, whereas the rise in elevation up to the Bluegrass plateau is done more gradually; the flood plain is much longer north to south. For example, within several miles of downtown, the Highlands sitting at 540 feet is out of the thousand year flood plain, whereas areas 10 miles from downtown such as Fairdale and Okolona have the same elevation as downtown Louisville.
Most areas in the east end have an elevation from 600 to 700 feet, with the east bound winds, trap in heat and pollutants. Areas along and west of the south fork of Beargrass Creek are located where the Ohio River once ran, so the land here is flat and is composed of harder rocks. Prior to urbanization much of this area was composed of wetlands, early roads through these were made of wooden planks; this history is still evident in street names, for example the spoke road Poplar Level, whose name describes its original construction on planks of poplar. 3rd Street was called Central Plank Road for the same reason. As industry, namely Standiford Field airport, moved into the area in the 1950s most creeks through the area were rerouted into ditches to alleviate the area's poor drainage and constant flooding. Areas east of I-65 were not in the flood plain and thus are gentle rollings hills composed of soft loess soils, hence the reason roads here are prone to potholes; the southern quarter of Jefferson County is in the rugged Knobs region.
This is the only part of Jefferson County to not have experienced any urbanization and is today entirely parkland for the Jefferson Memorial Forest. The eastern third is in the Eden Shale Hills section of the Bluegrass region and has experienced less urbanization than the flood plain, although, starting to change; the Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, the 43rd-largest in the United States, includes the Kentucky counties of Jefferson, Henry, Nelson, Shelby and Trimble. The southern Indiana counties Clark, Floyd and Washington are included in the Louisville MSA; this MSA is included in the Louisville-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, KY-IN Combined Statistical Area, which includes the Elizabethtown, KY MSA as well as the Scottsburg, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area. Louisville's Metro Area was expanded more than any other in the country during a March 2003 overhaul of U. S. Metropolitan Area statistics by the federal government. In the 2000 census very fast growing counties such as Spencer County weren't included.
The Metro Area's ranking rose from 49th to 42nd, the added Combined Statistical Area measured the area as the nation's 31st-largest. The total Metro area population increased from just over 1 million to nearly 1.4 for the CSA. Seventeen percent of the state's population lives in Jefferson County and 25% live in counties in the Louisville CSA, Jefferson County has two-and-a-half times more people than Kentucky's second-most populous county, Fayette County. Twelve of the 15 buildings in Kentucky over 300 feet are located in Downtown Louisville. 40% of the population growth in Kentucky are in Louisville's CSA counties. Louisville has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons and is located in USDA hardiness zones 6b and 7a. Spring-like conditions begin in mid-to-late March, summer from mid-to-late-May to late September, with fall in the October–November period. Seasonal extremes in both temperature and precipitation are not uncommon during early spring and late fall. Winter brings a mix of rain and snow, with occasional heavy snowfall and icing.
Louisville averages 5.8 days with low temperatures dipping to 10 °F, while readings of 0 °F or below occur on average every several years, the last occurrence being January 7, 2014. Summer is hazy and humid with long periods of 90–100 °F temperatures and drought conditions at times. Louisville averages 35 days a year with high temperatures at or above 90 °F, the average window for such temperatures on average fall on June 7 and September 10, respectively; the mean annual temperature is 58.2 °F, with an average seasonal snowfall of 12.5 in and an average annual rainfall of 44.9 inches. The first and last measurable snowfalls of the season on average fall on December 8 and March 12, respectively; the greatest amount of precipitation in 24 hours was 10.48 inches on March 1, 1997 and
Muhammad Ali Center
The Muhammad Ali Center is a non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville, it is located in the city's West Main District; the six-story, 96,750 sq ft. museum opened on November 2005 at a cost of $80 million. It includes a 40,000 sq ft two-level amphitheater and a plaza. On April 4, 2013, a new pedestrian bridge opened, helping residents and visitors connect from the Muhammad Ali Center's plaza to the Belvedere, the Waterfront, other downtown attractions; the 170-foot-long walkway is nine feet wide, with exterior metal panels that complement the Ali Center plaza's design. The cultural center features exhibitions regarding Ali's six core principles of confidence, dedication, giving and spirituality. Throughout his life, Muhammad Ali strived to be guided by these core principles in his quest to inspire people around the world, dedicating himself to helping others, being the best athlete he could be and by standing up for what he believed in.
An orientation theater helps present Ali's life. A mock boxing ring is recreated based on his Deer Lake Training Camp. A two-level pavilion, housed within a large elliptical room, features Ali's boxing memorabilia and history. A large projector displays the film The Greatest onto a full-sized boxing ring. There are booths where visitors can view clips of Ali's greatest fights on video-on-demand terminals, which feature pre- and post-fight interviews. Another exhibit offers visitors the chance to explore sense of self and purpose through an interactive terminal program. Visitors are encouraged to share what they are fighting for in the Generation Ali Story Booths Two art galleries, the LeRoy Neiman Gallery and the Howard L. Bingham Gallery, feature rotating exhibits that are located on the third floor. List of attractions and events in the Louisville metropolitan area List of museums focused on African Americans List of museums in the Louisville metropolitan area Official website
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Actors Theatre of Louisville is a non-profit performing arts theater located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Actors Theatre was founded in 1964 following the merging of two local companies, Inc. and Theatre Louisville, operated by Louisville natives Ewel Cornett and Richard Block. Designated as the "State Theater of Kentucky" in 1974, the theatre has been called one of America's most innovative professional theatre companies, with an annual attendance of 150,000; the theatre presents 400 performances annually, including classics and contemporary work through the Brown-Forman Series, holiday plays, a series of free theatrical events produced by the Professional Training Company, the Humana Festival of New American Plays. In addition, the theatre provides arts experiences to students across the region through its education department and supports a pre-professional resident training program, the Professional Training Company; the theatre has been the recipient of a Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays.
The theater has toured to 15 countries. There are more than 50 published books of plays and criticism from the theater in circulation—including anthologies of Humana Festival plays, volumes of ten-minute plays and monologues, essays and lectures from the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival. Numerous plays first produced at the theatre have been published as individual acting editions; the Humana Festival has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American and international theatre's general repertoire, including three Pulitzer Prize winners—The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies—as well as Marsha Norman's Getting Out, John Pielmeier's Agnes of God, Charles Mee's Big Love, Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories and At the Vanishing Point, Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business, Rinne Groff's The Ruby Sunrise, Theresa Rebeck's The Scene, Gina Gionfriddo's After Ashley and Becky Shaw, UNIVERSES' Ameriville, Rude Mechs' The Method Gun, Jordan Harrison's Maple and Vine, Will Eno's Gnit, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate, Lucas Hnath's Death Tax and The Christians.
More than 380 Humana Festival plays have been published in anthologies and individual acting editions. The Humana Festival draws theater lovers and film and stage producers from around the world. About 36,000 patrons attend the five weeks of plays and associated events, which includes a dedicated weekend for college students, which annually attracts students from more than 40 colleges and universities; the Festival culminates in two Industry Weekends which bring together a collection of amazing new plays with one-of-a-kind panels, cocktail parties and networking events. In May 1969, Jon Jory, the son of stage and screen star Victor Jory was appointed the theater's new producing director. During this three decades in Louisville he produced more than 1,300 plays, increased Actors Theatre's budget from $244,000 to $8.3 million. His Louisville debut was in October 1969 with Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood. Former Executive Director, Alexander Speer, whose tenure of forty years began in 1965, became Jory's partner and led the theater's administration and operations until his retirement in the spring of 2006.
Marc Masterson was appointed the company's new Artistic Director in 2000. He had served as producing director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh. During his tenure at Actors Theatre, Masterson produced more than 200 plays and expanded and established an Education Department consisting of public outreach programs including classroom workshops, artists in the schools, increased weekday student matinées, backstage tours and professional development for teachers and community center leaders. Masterson left Actors Theatre in 2011 to become artistic director at South Coast Repertory in California. Following a national search, Obie Award-winning director Les Waters was named artistic director on November 29, 2011, assumed full-time duties at the theater in January 2012. A strong proponent of contemporary work and imaginative adaptations of classic materials, Waters is regarded as one of the most influential directors working in America today. In November 2017, Waters announced, he left Louisville in summer 2018 to pursue his freelance directing career.
The original home of Actors Theatre was an open loft—the former Egyptian Tea Room—above the Taylor Trunk Company on Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. In 1965, the theater relocated to the former site of the Illinois Central Railway Station on Seventh Street and River Road; the space was transformed by Architect Jasper Ward into a 350-seat theatre. In the fall of 1969, the city announced that the train station was to be demolished to make way for a connector highway. In October 1972, the theater relocated to the newly renovated Old Bank of Louisville building on Main Street, where it remains to this day; the building that became Actors Theatre was a merging of two buildings: the 1837 James H. Dakin-designed Old Bank of Louisville and the Myers-Thompson Display Building. In 2004 the theatre acquired a production studio at 9th and Magnolia Streets in the Old Louisville neighborhood. List of attractions and events in the Louisville metropolitan area Performing arts in Louisville, Kentucky Dixon, Michael Bigelow.
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Bowman Field (airport)
Bowman Field is a public airport five miles southeast of downtown Louisville, in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The airport has two runways; the FAA calls it a reliever airport for nearby Louisville International Airport. Bowman Field is Kentucky's first commercial airport and is the oldest continually operating commercial airfield in North America, it was founded by Abram H. Bowman, drawn to aviation by the interest generated during World War I. Bowman found an outlet for his enthusiasm after meeting and forming a brief partnership with Louisvillian Robert H. Gast, a pilot and World War I veteran of the Royal Flying Corps. Bowman leased a parcel of land east of Louisville from the U. S. Government in 1919 to operate the airfield, which opened in 1921; the first business ventures began with the aerial photography business in 1921, the 465th Pursuit Squadron began operations at Bowman Field in 1922. Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at the airport in 1927, viewed by 10,000 spectators.
During the Great Depression, Louisvillians would come to the Art Deco terminal building to watch airplanes depart and land as a form of inexpensive entertainment. During the 1930s Eastern Air Lines and Trans World Airlines carried passengers and mail in and out of Bowman Field. During World War II Bowman Field was one of the nation's most important training bases and the nation's busiest airport; the facility became known as "Air Base City" when a bomber squadron moved in and more than 1,600 recruits underwent basic training in a three-month period. The United States Army Air Forces' school for flight surgeons, medical technicians, flight nurses called Bowman Field home. Bowman Field was used in the James Bond film Goldfinger as the base for Pussy Galore's Flying Circus. In 1988 three adjacent buildings at the airport were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Bowman Field Historic District, they are the airport Administration Building, the Curtiss Flying Service Hangar, the Army Air Corps Hangar.
Since many urban airports are located in industrial areas, this verdant setting is unusual and contributes to the ambience of the Bowman Field Historic District. The buildings of the Bowman Field Historic District are related not only by proximity and historical function, but by their Art Deco/Art Moderne styling and use of masonry materials such as brick and concrete; the dominant landmark of Bowman Field is its terminal, known as the Administration Building, styled in aerodynamic Streamline Moderne, designed by the firm of Wischmeyer and Arrasmith. As built in 1929 it was a modest two-story structure with one-story wings, housing administrative and communications offices, weather station, restaurant. During 1936 and 1937 it nearly tripled in size; this was accomplished by demolishing the east wing and retaining the west and central sections as west wings of the new building. The Administration Building faces an elliptical landscaped island surrounded by a driveway and paved parking area; the 1920s Art-Deco style Le Relais French restaurant has made its home in the airport's historic terminal for more than 25 years.
Bowman Field is surrounded by tree-lined suburban neighborhoods, but accidents are rare. As of 2008, the most recent two landing accidents had occurred in April 2008 and April 2002. Today Bowman Field is home to hundreds of owned aircraft as well as several commercial operations, including Central American Airways, which opened its doors in 1946, Falcon Aviation, Aero Club of Louisville, Inc. and Louisville Executive Aviation. Several flight schools operate there as well. In the year ending September 23, 2013 the airport averaged 203 aircraft operations per day: 47% Local general aviation, 47% transient general aviation 5% air taxi and <1% military. 193 aircraft are based at this airport: 159 single-engine, 33 multi-engine, 3 jet, 3 helicopter. Kentucky Flying Service is no longer in operation, it was started by Captain Richard C. Mulloy who flew C-46s and C-47s with the Flying Tigers over "The Hump" in World War II, he was known by employees and students of Kentucky Flying Service as "Dick Mulloy," and died surrounded by his family in Louisville on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the age of 89.
Bowman Field is operated by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, which operates Louisville International Airport. History of Louisville, Kentucky Kentucky World War II Army Airfields I Troop Carrier Command Transportation in Louisville, Kentucky National Register of Historic Places listings in Jefferson County, Kentucky FAA Airport Master Record for LOU Official website Bowman Field - Fan Page Richard C. Mulloy's obituary Le Relais Restaurant in historic Administration Building Louisville Art Deco page on Bowman Field Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary imdb.com FAA Airport Diagram, effective March 28, 2019 Resources for this airport: FAA airport information for LOU AirNav airport information for KLOU ASN accident history for LOU FlightAware airport information and live flight tracker NOAA/NWS latest weather observations SkyVector aeronautical chart, Terminal Procedures