History of Askins
Some Interesting History of the Town and the Man Who Founded It.
Here at Askins is where one of the costliest pieces of work was done by the railroad when they built the branch from
Irvington. The station is right on the divide between
Breckinridge and Ohio
counties. In order to get through it,
they made a cut fifty feet deep, and about three hundred feet long, and most of
the work was through solid stone. They
were engaged at it about five months, working often as many as fifty men at a
time. The job, I heard, cost the company
over twelve thousand dollars when they got it completed. The grade on each side is yet pretty heavy
and the iron horse has to do some pretty heavy puffing to get along.
Fordsville is just five miles below here and viewing the situation from a railroad standpoint, I figure it out that some time in the future the road will be extended to Hartford and thence on to make a through connection at some point. This must be done to save its respectability, and give the people better facilities than they have at the present.
would levy a considerable tax on her people to make this sort of a
connection. As it is she is out in the
cold, and retrograding for want of railroad facilities. If you remember, when the tax questions was
run in the Hardinsburg district it was sprung in Ohio county at the same time and those
people did not oppose it very bitterly.
They seemed to be ready for the thing, but the railroad-builders
concluded to stop at Fordsville. Thus Hartford’s chances for a
bid at the iron horse were knocked out, but she may get it yet.
The telephone fever has struck the people down this way. They say that they want a line from Hardinsburg to Fordsville. In the event it is built, of course it wouldn’t do to leave out Askins.
And there are a dozen other points that want it, too. Kirk, Jolly and Gleandeane are all bidding for the telephone connection. Out at Garfield, Custer and McDaniel’s, where they already have lines, the people are delighted with the telephones. Farmers are putting boxes in their houses, and they appear to be a wonderful convenience. So it is down this way-the people want to move up front.
Source: Breckinridge News (
December 24, 1897 Cloverport, Kentucky