Tuesday, July 1, 2008

4th of July at Crittenden Springs Hotel

This sketch of The Crittenden Springs Hotel Resort was featured in The Evansville Press in 1890, advertising the opening of the season at the grand Hotel.

Since the 4th of July will be here soon, let's take a look back in time to the 4th of July in 1905, 103 years ago. The Crittenden Springs Hotel was getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July in grand ole Kentucky style.

Independence day at the Crittenden Springs will be a royal Fourth. It is expected that a large crowd of people, who have cast aside the cares of life for the time being that they may enjoy one whole day of pleasure and good fellow felling, will cover the old hills about the spring.

The band will play, the birds will sing and music will reign supreme, while the stars and stripes, waving in the breeze, will indicate that the birthday of Old Glory's reign in at hand.

Among the events of the day will be a genuine shooting match at 30, 50 and 500 yard range, two or more match games of base ball and many other incidental amusements. Come evening time there will be the big dance, and most important of all, the grand fireworks beginning at eight o'clock. If possible, everyone should come prepared to stay all day and remain over at night long enough to see these fireworks, which will be a rare treat for everyone, and possibly something your children have never seen before.

And not the least important part of the preparation for the entertainment of the crowd will be the cold drinks on the ground and the barbecued meats prepared in the grand old Kentucky style.

The beautiful hills around the Crittenden Springs Hotel must have been a grand site this 4th of July so many years ago, ahh to have been able to attend one of these celebrations.

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