318 West Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown, KY

Just south of Radcliff, KY and the well-known Fort Knox is the old city of Elizabethtown.  A settlement born in a post-Revolutionary America, Elizabethtown was quite the place to be some hundred years ago, and in her slender streets and the intricate facades of her old town square, tokens of a better era remain in the quiet gray remnants of this once booming pioneer town.

It’s just up the road from the courthouse that our adventures take us today–to a location where two houses stand side-by-side, boarded up and gazing forlornly on the bustling Dixie Highway that runs before them.  We’ll start at 318 W Dixie.

318 w dixie

The street view off Google maps (pictured above) would have you believe this house still inhabited, but the photos garnered on a recent visit (below) contradict the great Google.

The same house, present day, boarded up and empty.
The same house, present day, boarded up and empty.

With no inhabitants other than a few stray cats roaming the yard, the following photos are a round-the-property survey of this now-empty beauty.

Side view from the right.
Side view from the right.
View of the house from the back right side, standing in the driveway. Sources inform me that the upstairs window on the side of the house closest to the back is now broken out, likely due to vandalism.  Stray cats now call this house home.
View of the house from the back right side, standing in the driveway.
Sources inform me that the upstairs window on the side of the house closest to the back is now broken out, likely due to vandalism. Stray cats now call this house home.

The above photo betrays that the part of the house on the left is an addition based on the foundation.

The back of the house from the driveway.  The back of the house to the right appears to be an addition (note the differences in the cinderblock foundation from the rest of the house).
The back of the house from the driveway. The back of the house to the right appears to be an addition (note the differences in the cinderblock foundation from the rest of the house).
The crumbling garage directly behind the house.
The crumbling garage directly behind the house.
The back addition of the house.  In the distance, the second abandoned house (keep an eye out for the next post!) sits quietly in the background.
The back addition of the house. In the distance, the second abandoned house (keep an eye out for the next post!) sits quietly in the background.
Heading around the other side of the house via the side yard.  In the center of this photo are some leaf-covered stone steps leading to the front of the home.
Heading around the other side of the house via the side yard. In the center of this photo are some leaf-covered stone steps leading to the front of the home.
The left side of the house from the back.  As you can see, the house, which appears to be in pretty decent shape from the front, is starting to look a little rougher from this angle.
The left side of the house from the back. As you can see, the house, which appears to be in pretty decent shape from the front, is starting to look a little rougher from this angle.
Second view of the side/back of the house.
Second view of the side/back of the house.
Final view of the house from the front left.
Final view of the house from the front left.
Though certainly not as ornate as they come, this house does have a few little accentual flares, leading me to believe that it was built sometime in the early 1900's.
Though certainly not as ornate as they come, this house does have a few little accentual flares, leading me to believe that it was built sometime in the early 1900’s.

That concludes the photo portion of this post.  Below, stay tuned for a limited history!

Google was not terribly forthcoming about this particular property, though it was nice enough to turn up the link below and give me the following information:

318 W Dixie Avenue
Built: 1910
Layout: single-family, 3 beds, 2 baths
Last Sold: October 17, 2014
Price: $131,500

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/318-W-Dixie-Ave-Elizabethtown-KY-42701/96951630_zpid/

What’s to become of this home on the busy Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown?  Perhaps the new owner is waiting until spring to fix the falling porch roof, tend to the peeling paint, and renovate this turn-of-the-century classic.  Or perhaps like so many before it, 318 W Dixie is heading for the dirt, yet another of Elizabethtown’s endangered 31W historic homes sliding toward its eventual demise.

Only time will tell.  But in the meantime, she’s ours to explore, ponder, and admire.

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2 thoughts on “318 West Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown, KY

    • This house has been torn down and replaced with a big giant hole for drainage, compliments of the good folks who run Elizabethtown, KY… They preach about how much they care about “historic Elizabethtown” but actions do speak louder than words.

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