Thursday, March 17, 2011

Abandoned Salt Lick and Ale-8 Mural

Just off of US 60, in Salt Lick, Ky 211 snakes through the tiny community. These two buildings rest quietly on Main Street. Salt Lick used to be a bustling little town, boasting at least two hotels, a number of stores, and a train station. I can remember going to this store when it was a five and dime. I believe it was last open in the mid-eighties. The Ale-8 mural still looks good for the most part.

The Ale-8 mural was originally painted by Bill Fitch. I have started looking for more info on this artist, but haven't had luck, yet. I'd really love to know if he did any other murals that are still visible. According to the date, he did this in January! I looked up what the weather was that day, and the Farmer's Almanac site lists the high on January 24, 1958 as 35 degrees! Eeeek! I don't like to venture out if it's below 50, and this guy did a whole mural in the cold!

Re-painted by Rhonda Armitage...

The windows are broken, but bars keep everyone out.

Ron left his mark here.

The shelves are still there, but haven't held any merchandise in a while. The sun trickles in through holes in the ceiling.

If anyone has any info or stories about these buildings, or the painters of the mural, please inform us in the comments!

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