Know Your City! Jan 10, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. Which downtown hotel celebrates Christmas each year with a different elaborate display, this year’s theme being “Elf-apalooza”?
  2. What Louisville neighborhood is home to Brown Park, Arthur K. Draut Park, and two of Louisville’s largest shopping destinations?
  3. Before it became Muhammad Ali International Airport, Louisville’s airport was named after this 19th century US Representative. What was his name?

And here are the answers:

  1. The Galt House, at Fourth and Main in downtown Louisville, has come a long way since its earliest days as a 60-room hotel in 1835. Renovated in 1972 into what visitors now see as a looming presence over the Ohio River, the Galt House makes a HUGE deal at Christmastime. Everything from singing bellmen to Christmas Tea with the Snow Fairy Princess are available to guests during this magical time. There are 270 handmade silk luminaries created by artists from Zigong, China, as part of the “KaLightoscope” display, or how about a “Dickens Dinner,” surrounded by characters from famous Galt House guest Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?” You’ll experience Holiday Family Fun that will keep you coming back to the Galt House every year!
  2. Originally known as Floyd’s Station, the St. Matthews neighborhood was established in 1779 along the middle fork of Beargrass Creek. In the early 20th Century, the area that was once primarily potato farms became a suburban enclave for families looking to escape the overcrowded city. Arthur Kammerer Draut was mayor of St. Matthews for 24 years and is namesake to the park on Bowling Boulevard. Brown Park was named for James Graham Brown, the wealthy Louisville benefactor. Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Center have been fixtures of Louisville’s retail landscape since 1962 and 1971, respectively.
  3. Dr. Elisha David Standiford was born in Louisville in 1831. He practiced medicine and later became involved in agriculture and manufacturing before being elected to Congress in 1873. Historians regard him as “an active worker and a debater of great ability; influential in the passage of numerous bills and receiving favorable comments throughout the country.” Should that be sufficient in having an airport (Standiford Field) named after you? Well, considering that Standiford’s family donated all of the land that the Army Corps of Engineers turned into an airfield in 1947, yes. Yes, it is sufficient.